Taiwan power adapters - what plugs are used in Taiwan?

Taiwanese power outlet

Summary

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

  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Taiwanese power outlet then you can use it in Taiwan.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Taiwanese power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Taiwan such a Type B plug adapter [2]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Taiwan (or power adapter) is designed to change 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 is unable to 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 use a suitable plug adapter for Taiwan if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you only need to charge your USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it will work with any voltage, but ensure that you bring one which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Taiwan.

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

Background

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. We also suggest referring to the Taiwan Wikipedia page [1] for more details.

Taiwan power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Taiwan?

This will depend on the shape of plug you are attempting to use in Taiwan and the location you are travelling from. An American plug does not require an adapter because it already fits into a Taiwanese power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for Taiwan?

The best power adapter for Taiwan is a Type B plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 110 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Taiwan?

Taiwan power outlets

What type of power outlets are in Taiwan?

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

  • Plug Type A - The wall socket, technically called a type A power outlet, can be recognised by the two slots adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise this plug supply by the 2 thin slots where the live and neutral blades go with a single hole below for the earth pin.
What type of power outlets are in Taiwan?

What voltage is used in Taiwan?

The common residential voltage in Taiwan is 110 volts.

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.

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.

Taiwan 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 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 [5]. 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 [5] 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 the 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 cell phones and tablets 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 also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please see 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 the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Taiwan?

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [7] converts the voltage of 110 volts from a Taiwanese power outlet to work with a non-110 volt appliance, however a cheaper and smaller power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Taiwan.

Do I need a power converter for Taiwan?

If visiting Taiwan from a different country please check the device can accept a 110v supply.

  • If your device does not power up or charges slowly when you are visiting Taiwan from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your device is a dual voltage device (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to ensure safe and proper use when powering devices.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Taiwan from a higher 230 volt country you will need to use a larger Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 110 volts.

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

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

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.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Taiwanese 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 Taiwanese power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Taiwanese power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Taiwanese power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with a Taiwanese 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 Taiwanese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Taiwanese 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 Taiwanese 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/Taiwan - Taiwan Wikipedia page.
  2. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B 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/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451325551&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=HWUDRS5BKFQ75ACA - Step Up 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.