Vietnam power adapters - what plugs are used in Vietnam?

Vietnamese power outlet

What adapter do I need for Vietnam?

Use a Type G plug adapter [3] for Vietnam if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit in a Vietnamese power outlet.

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 in 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 first.

  • Be prepared for regular blackouts and limited access to power in some areas of Vietnam, it is advised to bring a portable charger [4] if you need to keep your mobile phone charged whilst staying in an area without power or during a power cut.
  • If you're travelling to Vietnam from the US then we recommend bringing a plug adapter for Vietnam as American Type A or B power outlets might not typically be found. As the voltage is different in Vietnam use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage, also check that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and your 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 [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Vietnam (or power adapter) will change 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 you will also need a power converter for Vietnam to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on 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 need to recharge your USB devices such as a tablet or cell phone then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring one 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 please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Vietnam power adapters

Power adapters for Vietnam

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.

What is the best power adapter for Vietnam?

The best power adapter for Vietnam is a Type G plug adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Vietnam?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a wall outlet in Vietnam to accept a power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Do I need a power adapter in Vietnam?

If the power plug that you are using isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Vietnam then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Vietnam from America?

An American Type A or Type B outlet might not typically be found in Vietnam so it is recommended to bring a suitable plug adapter for Vietnam, however because the voltage is 220 volts you will definitely need to use a power converter for Vietnam if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Vietnam allows visitors travelling from another country to use electronic appliances in Vietnam by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Vietnam?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Vietnamese power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance then you will also need a step down power converter for Vietnam.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Vietnam?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Vietnam?

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.

Vietnam power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Vietnam?

Type A, C and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Vietnam?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can identify this plug socket by two thin adjacent slots for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type C - The plug outlet (known as the type C socket or Europlug) is identified by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the two plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type G - You can identify this plug socket by three vertical holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.

Do US plugs work in Vietnam?

No; because the voltage is 220 volts you need to bring a power converter for Vietnam if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage. We suggest using all types of power adapters for Vietnam because US types A or B power outlets might not readily be found.

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.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Vietnam?

To use a 110 volt appliance in Vietnam you will need a step down power converter.

Are there power outages in Vietnam?

Vietnam reports power cuts once a month.

Are power outlets available in Vietnam?

In Vietnam almost 5% of the population of the country doesn't have access to electricity.

Do I need a portable charger for Vietnam?

As electricity isn't available to 100% of the population of Vietnam combined with problems with the reliability of power, travellers should use alternate charging options if they want to continue charging devices such as cellphones or cameras.

  • Whilst travelling to Vietnam increased use of mobile phones for taking photos, storing calendars, GPS, social network sharing and streaming videos will syphon off power excessively. Beyond the inconvenience of missed photo opportunities a flat mobile phone battery could potentially leave you stranded without adequate power to make emergency calls or being able to use GPS to find your way back to accommodation. Bringing along a portable charger [4] alleviates those concerns as it means you can keep your cell phone powered on the go, especially when travelling to a country with limited access to power and power outages in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank [4] will store enough energy to power over 3 full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh power bank [9] should keep a typical cell phone charged for almost a week.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop in Vietnam and it it supports USB-C charging then look for a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • Please note that some airlines don't let you take batteries on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Average consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] are available for travelling to areas with frequent power cuts and a lack of access to electricity such as Vietnam.
Do I need a portable charger for Vietnam?

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Vietnam 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 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 [11]. 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 [11] 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 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Asia which are likely to use different outlets to Vietnam.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing 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 other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Vietnam might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge 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 almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Vietnam could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to use multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Vietnamese power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Vietnamese power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cellphones could require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones on an overnight 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 does a power converter for a Vietnamese power outlet do?

Power converters for Vietnam allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Vietnamese power outlet.

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

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [12] will transform a 220 volt Vietnamese power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, but a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Vietnam.

Do I need a power converter for Vietnam?

When travelling to Vietnam from another region check that the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [13] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 220 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 220 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 220 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [14] which allows it to be used with a 220 volt Vietnamese power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Vietnam in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hairdryers with Vietnamese power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Vietnam from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Vietnam is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore please use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Vietnam?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Vietnam you will need to buy a step down power converter [13].

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

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a 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.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [13] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Vietnamese 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 Vietnam before plugging that into a Vietnamese 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 to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt Vietnamese power outlet.

What voltage is used in Vietnam?

Vietnam uses 220 volts in their power outlets.

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 difference) 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.

What can I connect to a Vietnamese power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Vietnamese power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Vietnamese power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Vietnamese power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Vietnamese power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Vietnamese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Vietnamese power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Vietnamese power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Vietnam, 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 [15].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam - wikipedia.org entry about Vietnam.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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 down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets