South Korea power adapters - what plugs are used in South Korea?

South Korean power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting South Korea all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a South Korean power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a South Korean power outlet then you can use it in South Korea.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a South Korean power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for South Korea such a Type F plug adapter [2]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for South Korea (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in South Korea, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for South Korea to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for South Korea if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you only want to bring one or more USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for South Korea.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in South Korea please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

When packing for a holiday it can be useful to know in advance if you can charge your indispensable gadgets when you arrive. However without knowing which power socket is used in South Korea you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, meaning needing to purchase a potentially overpriced power adaptor when you're there. Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in South Korea. This page has links to instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices in South Korea by using the standard types F or C South Korean 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, most South Koreans use Type F sockets in their power outlets. Most power adapters will change from country to country so please read the WikiConnections travel power adapters guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different countries. We also suggest referring to the South Korea Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details.

South Korea power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for South Korea?

This depends on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you are attempting to use. If you are visiting from America use a power adapter for South Korea as American plugs won't fit into a South Korean power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for South Korea if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for South Korea?

The best power adapter for South Korea will be a Type F plug adapter [2] which allows you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for South Korea?

South Korea power outlets

What plugs do they use in South Korea?

There are two types of power outlets used in South Korea, types F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this wall supply by 2 adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify this wall supply by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other and grounding clips above and below.
What plugs do they use in South Korea?

What is the voltage in South Korea?

The normal residential voltage in South Korea is 220 volts.

Is the voltage in South Korea the same as the US?

The voltage from a South Korean power outlet is 220 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your American appliance or power charger doesn't support dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for South Korea which can change the voltage from 220 volts to 120 volts.

Is an electrical outlet in South Korea the same as the US?

American plugs won't fit in a South Korean power outlet so use a power adapter for South Korea. The frequency is the same in the US however the voltage is different so you will need to use a power converter for South Korea if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What electrical frequency is used with a South Korean power outlet?

The frequency from a South Korean power outlet is 60 Hz.

South Korea USB chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for South Korea?

If travelling with more than just one device or visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for South Korea is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two different standards of power outlets in South Korea (types F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included heads. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and additional support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for charging your devices at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for South Korea?

Why use a travel USB charger for South Korea?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 separate devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable when visiting other countries which will probably use a different standard to South Korea.
  • A good USB power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace in South Korea.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in South Korea power outlets along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in South Korea only have one power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airport departure gates are often scarce and the demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and prevents damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in South Korea could prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to use low powered devices such as laptops, but these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances with a South Korean power outlet for useful advice on the best power adapter for a high wattage appliances in a South Korean power outlet.
  • Certain tablets and cell phones might pull more than the normal 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices need extra power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can also be useful by charging multiple mobile phones every night using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for South Korea?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both South Korea and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to South Korea.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting South Korea.

Power converters for South Korea

What is the difference between a power adapter and a power converter for South Korea?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power adapter and a power converter for South Korea?

An expensive and heavy power converter [7] will convert the voltage of 220 volts from a South Korean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, however a more lightweight and smaller power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in South Korea.

Do I need a voltage converter for South Korea?

If travelling to South Korea from another country please ensure the device can accept a 220v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are visiting South Korea from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

Read the WikiConnections world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

The way to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug or on the device itself, normally on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord goes. This location might depend on the make and model of your appliance and could also state in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a South Korean power outlet

Clothes iron
clothes iron

Curling iron
curling iron

Hair dryer
hair dryer

Hair straighteners
hair straighteners

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a South Korean power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a South Korean power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can connect to the South Korean power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which work with the South Korean power outlet

iPhone
iPhone

iPhone 3G
iPhone 3G

iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3GS

iPhone 4
iPhone 4

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S

iPhone 5
iPhone 5

iPhone 5C
iPhone 5C

iPhone 5S
iPhone 5S

iPhone 6
iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a South Korean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a South Korean power outlet

Kindle Fire 1st generation
Kindle Fire 1st generation

Kindle Fire 2nd generation
Kindle Fire 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation

Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a South Korean power outlet

iPad
iPad

iPad 2
iPad 2

iPad 3
iPad 3

iPad 4
iPad 4

iPad Air
iPad Air

iPad Air 2
iPad Air 2

iPad Mini
iPad Mini

iPad Mini 2
iPad Mini 2

iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 4

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Korea - South Korea country page on wikipedia.org.
  2. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  5. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  6. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter
  7. Power converter - A step up step down power converter transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  8. https://www.amazon.com/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451321648&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011%5Cc2888054011&rnid=2887998011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=A6EA2MIBWUPLQKJD - Step Down Voltage Converter
  9. International travel voltage converter - Travel voltage converters change the voltage of an electrical power supply by stepping up or stepping down the voltage and are often compact units which support both plug sockets and USB charging.