Australia power adapters - what plugs are used in Australia?

Australian power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Australia all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power with an Australian power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device can use then read the section about how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in an Australian power outlet then it should work in Australia.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in an Australian power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Australia such a Type I plug adapter [2]. Be aware that a plug adapter for Australia (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Australia, but can't change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Australia to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Australia if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type I plug adapter.
  • If you need to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type I plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Australia.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts used in Australia you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Australia check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

If packing for a holiday it's helpful to know in advance if you can power all your common electrical devices like mobile phones and tablets when you're there. But, without knowing which wall socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you having to buy a potentially overpriced charger when you're there which might be incompatible and damage your device. Various combinations of frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning to visit another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Australia. This page has links to step-by-step instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when travelling to Australia by using their 230 volt 50Hz I Type Australian wall outlet. Most power sockets differ depending on which area you are visiting therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries. We recommend reading the Australia Wikipedia page [1] for further details.

Australia power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for Australia?

If the shape of the Australian power outlet isn't the same as the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't physically fit in an Australian power outlet so you will need to use a power adapter for Australia, and because the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Australia if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

What is the best power adapter for Australia?

The best power adapter for Australia will be a Type I plug adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Australia?

Australia power outlets

What type of outlets are in Australia?

Type I plug outlets are used in Australia. The plug socket (technically known as a type I power outlet) can be identified by 3 slots for the live, neutral and earth blades.

What type of outlets are in Australia?

What voltage is used in Australia?

The voltage used in Australia is 230 volts.

Is the voltage in Australia the same as the US?

The voltage in Australia is 230 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your American charger or appliance won't handle dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for an Australian power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

Is an Australian power outlet the same as the US?

A US plug won't fit in an Australian power outlet therefore use a plug adapter for Australia. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage you will need to use a power converter for Australia and ensure that it works with a 50hz outlet.

What is the electrical frequency used in an Australian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from an Australian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Australia 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.

Why use a travel USB charger for Australia?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers include interchangeable plug heads for various countries making them ideal if visiting different countries across Oceania which are likely to use a different standard to Australia.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight - perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to replace in Australia.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in Australia power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that hotels in Australia only have a single wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • 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 almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure gates are often sparse and the demand for charging multiple devices during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good travel charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Australia might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, but these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our section on using travel appliances with an Australian power outlet for helpful advice on the best power adapter to use with an Australian power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Certain cell phones and tablets might pull more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices need additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones overnight using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Australia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Australia using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Australia.

Power converters for Australia

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 small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [5] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Australia, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [6] will transform the voltage of 230 volts from an Australian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for Australia?

When you are visiting Australia from another region please make sure that your device can be used with a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [8] to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Australia from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [7] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The easiest method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power plug or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have 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 100/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to an Australian 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 an Australian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Australian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can be connected to the Australian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can connect to an Australian 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 can connect to an Australian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Australian 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 an Australian 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/Australia - wikipedia web page about Australia.
  2. Type I plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type I 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. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.