Vietnam power adapters - what plugs are used in Vietnam?

Vietnamese power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Vietnam will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power with a Vietnamese power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Vietnamese power outlet then it should work in Vietnam.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Vietnamese power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Vietnam such a Type G plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Vietnam (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Vietnam, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Vietnam to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Vietnam if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power your USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Vietnam.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Vietnam check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

If planning a trip to Vietnam it can be useful to know if you'll be able to charge your common electrical devices like cell phones and laptop computers that you'll be bringing along. But, without knowing which wall socket is used you may end up either having to bring unnecessary adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced charger on arrival. Varying different voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning on travelling to a new country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Vietnam. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions showing how to charge your devices when you're travelling to Vietnam using the G, A or C type Vietnamese 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you will find most Vietnamese normally use the Type G plugs in their plug outlets. Power adapters vary regionally therefore we recommend reading the power adapters for a full list of regions and countries. We recommend reading the Vietnam Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details on travelling to the location.

Vietnam power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Vietnam?

If the shape of the Vietnamese power outlet isn't the same as the outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter. An American Type A or Type B power outlet might not readily be found in Vietnam so it is advisable to bring a suitable power adapter for Vietnam, however because the voltage is different you will definitely need to use a power converter for Vietnam if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Vietnam?

The best power adapter for Vietnam will be a Type G power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Vietnam?

Vietnam power outlets

What type of power outlets are in Vietnam?

There are three types of power supply used in Vietnam, these are type G, A and C with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type A - The power supply, technically known as a type A power outlet, is identified by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type C - You can identify this plug socket by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type G - The power supply, technically known as a type G power outlet, looks like 3 vertical rectangular slots with shutters in a triangle pattern.
What type of power outlets are in Vietnam?

What is the voltage in Vietnam?

The voltage used in Vietnam is 220 volts.

What frequency is used in Vietnam?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Vietnamese power outlet is 50 Hz.

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

The voltage which comes from a Vietnamese power outlet is 220 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Vietnamese power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 220 volt outlet.

Is an outlet in Vietnam the same as the US?

Even though a US Type A or Type B outlet could be available in Vietnam it is still advisable to bring a suitable power adapter for Vietnam. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Vietnam and ensure that it works with a 50hz outlet.

Vietnam 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 Vietnam?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Vietnam to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are three different types of wall outlets in Vietnam (types G, A and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A, C and G. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads over. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your devices at an airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Vietnam?

Why use a travel USB charger for Vietnam?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices, thereby reducing the weight of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for different regions thereby making them perfect if visiting different countries across Asia which will probably use different power outlets to Vietnam.
  • A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Vietnam.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Vietnam along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that hotel rooms in Vietnam might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports are often in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Vietnam might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also include power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information read our guide on using travel appliances with a Vietnamese power outlet for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Vietnamese power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices require extra power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Vietnam?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Vietnam and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Vietnam.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Vietnam.

Power converters for Vietnam

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] converts a 220 volt Vietnamese power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Vietnam.

Do I need a voltage converter for Vietnam?

If you are travelling to Vietnam from a different country please ensure your device can be used with a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Vietnam from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

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

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but could also be written on the box.

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

Travel appliances which can connect to a Vietnamese 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 Vietnamese power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Vietnamese power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Vietnamese power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Vietnamese 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 Vietnamese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Vietnamese 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 Vietnamese 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/Vietnam - wikipedia.org entry about Vietnam.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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.