Taiwan power adapters - what plugs are used in Taiwan?

Taiwanese power outlet

What adapter do I need for Taiwan?

Use a Type B plug adapter [3] for Taiwan if the plug you intend to use doesn't fit into a Taiwanese power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Taiwan all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Taiwanese power outlet. If you're not sure what voltage your device can use then read the section below on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • If you intend on visiting Taiwan from America all US appliances and devices should charge without an adapter or a power converter. One suggestion however is to use a USB travel power adapter as it will allow you to charge multiple devices using only one power charger.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Taiwanese power outlet then it will work in Taiwan.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Taiwanese power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Taiwan such a Type B plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Taiwan (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Taiwan, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 110 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 110 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Taiwan to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Taiwan if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you only need to bring one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a cellphone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, but ensure that you choose one which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Taiwan.
  • An increase in use of a cellphone during a trip to Taiwan will put an extra drain on the battery therefore you should bring a power bank [4] if you want to keep your cellphone charged throughout the day whilst travelling to an unfamiliar location.

Warning: If your device won't handle 110 volts used in Taiwan you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before using your device in Taiwan check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Taiwan power adapters

Power adapters for Taiwan

When packing for a trip it's useful to know if you can power your vital devices when you get there. By not knowing which power socket is used you may end up either weighing yourself down with too many adaptors or pack the wrong power charger, meaning having to buy a suitable power adaptor when you're there that might be incompatible and cause problems with your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Taiwan. This page has links to useful instructions demonstrating how to supply power to your devices when going to Taiwan using their standard B or A type Taiwanese 110 volt 60Hz power outlets, you'll discover a majority of Taiwanese typically use Type B power outlets. Power sockets are different depending on which country you are visiting therefore please read the World power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Taiwan?

The best power adapter for Taiwan will be a Type B power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 110 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Taiwan?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a different shaped power plug from a different region to correctly slot into a wall socket in Taiwan.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [5].

Does a power adapter convert the voltage from a Taiwanese power outlet?

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt Taiwanese power outlet and doesn't convert to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 220-240 volt device you will also need to bring a more expensive step up power converter for Taiwan along with the right power adapter.

What does a power adapter for a Taiwanese power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different location to use their own electrical appliances and devices in Taiwan by changing the shape of the plug from one shape to another.

Do I need a power adapter for Taiwan?

It will depend on the shape of plug you are attempting to use in Taiwan and the location you are travelling from.

Will I need a power adapter for Taiwan if I'm from America?

A US plug won't require a plug adapter as it can fit in a Taiwanese power outlet.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Taiwan?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Taiwan?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Taiwan power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Taiwan?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Taiwan?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Taiwan, these are type B and A with the primary power outlets being type B:

  • Plug Type A - The wall socket, also known as a type A power outlet, can be recognised by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins sit.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify this power outlet by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the slightly long ground pin.

Do US plugs work in Taiwan?

Yes, a US plug will work in Taiwan so does not require a plug adapter or a power converter.

Is the voltage in Taiwan the same as in the US?

120 volts is used in the US whereas the voltage which comes from a Taiwanese power outlet is 110 volts. Although these are very similar check the voltage on your American appliance or charger can handle a voltage range between 100-127 volts or that it can handle dual voltage.

What is the electrical frequency used in a Taiwanese power outlet?

The frequency from a Taiwanese power outlet is 60Hz.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Taiwan?

To use a 220V appliance in Taiwan you need to use a step up power converter.

Are plug sockets in Taiwan the same as US?

A US plug will fit into a Taiwanese power outlet, both the voltage range and frequency are the identical to America.

Should I pack a portable charger for Taiwan?

USB power bank for charging mobile phones

Should I pack a portable charger for Taiwan?

It is always advisable to pack a power bank to recharge mobile phones whilst travelling.

  • During a trip to Taiwan increased use of cell phones for taking photographs, storing calendars, social network sharing, GPS and web browsing will syphon off power before the end of the day. As well as just missing photo opportunities this can potentially leave you stranded without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use satellite navigation to return back to your accommodation or hotel. By packing a power bank [4] for Taiwan lowers the risk as it means you can keep your mobile phone fully powered without using a phone charger.
  • Bring at least a 10,000mAh power bank [4] which can supply enough electricity to cover over 3 full charge cycles while a 20,000mAh portable charger [9] should keep a typical cell phone powered for roughly 7 days depending on the model of phone and usage. A mAh value shows the capacity of the battery and gives an indication of the number of charges the portable charger can do.
  • If your laptop supports USB-C charging then bringing a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge the laptop in Taiwan. Before travelling please note that some airlines prohibit power banks on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must be kept in hand luggage only.
  • Consumer power banks won't work with high wattage items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] are available for travelling.

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Taiwan 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 charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Taiwan?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than one device then the best international travel adapter for Taiwan is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [11]. There are two standards of plug sockets in Taiwan (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads. If your device supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Taiwanese trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Taiwan we suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter online; the travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [11] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Taiwan?

Why use a travel USB charger for Taiwan?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to Taiwan.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Taiwan.
  • USB chargers can accept the 110 volts used in Taiwan power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Taiwan might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Taiwan could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please read the section on using travel appliances with a Taiwanese power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Taiwanese power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Taiwan?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Taiwan and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Taiwan.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 Taiwan.

Power converters for Taiwan

What is a power converter?

Power converters for Taiwan enable travellers to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt electric appliance with a 110 volt Taiwanese power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Taiwan?

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Taiwan, but an expensive and bulkier power converter [12] converts the voltage of 110 volts from a Taiwanese power outlet to work with a non-110 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Taiwan?

If you are visiting Taiwan from another region please double check the device can be used with a 110 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [13] if you are travelling from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device doesn't support 110 volts. See our list of world power outlets page to discover the voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a 110 volt single voltage appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) and then used in a 110 volt outlet either take longer to charge or won't power up. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Taiwan from a different region please check that it will work with a 110 volt power supply or you will need to use a step up power converter [13].
  • You don't need a converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone or tablet as these are typically designed for international use and support dual voltage, however please always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [14] to allow it to be used with a 110 volt Taiwanese power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a much heavier power converter to Taiwan simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hairdryers and hair straighteners in Taiwanese power outlets , along with recommendations on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Taiwan if I'm travelling from America?

An American plug does not require a power converter as the voltage in Taiwan is in the same 100-120V range as America.

What converter do I need for Taiwan?

In order to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance with a 110 volt Taiwanese power outlet you need to use a step up power converter [13].

What voltage does Taiwan use?

Taiwan uses 110 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 110 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [13] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 110 volt Taiwanese power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Taiwan before plugging that into a Taiwanese power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 110 volt Taiwanese power outlet.
What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.
What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my device?

One method to see if your appliance is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location will depend on the make or model of your device but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

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

What can I connect to a Taiwanese power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Taiwanese power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Taiwanese power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Taiwanese power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Taiwanese power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a Taiwanese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Taiwanese power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Taiwan, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [16].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan - Taiwan Wikipedia page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  8. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  9. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  10. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  11. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  12. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  13. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet.
  14. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  15. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets