Canada power adapters - What power adapter do I need for Canada?

Power adapters for Canada

If you are organizing a vacation it can be useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use your vital electronics that you are bringing along with you. Without knowing which wall socket is being used you may bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to purchase a suitable charger when you're there. Different voltages and sockets can often be confusing when planning on travelling to another country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Canada. This page has links to step-by-step instructions telling you exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're visiting Canada by using the standard 120 volt 60Hz Type A power outlet, the Canadians will use a NEMA 1-15 P ungrounded plug for charging. Power will vary depending on which region you are in so please read the World power adapters page for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Canada?

The best power adapter for Canada will be a Type A plug adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 120 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Canada?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that allow an electic socket in Canada to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [3].

Do I need a plug adapter in Canada?

If the power plug you are using is different to the shape of the Canadian power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter for Canada if I'm visiting from the US?

An American plug won't need a plug adapter because it already fits in a Canadian power outlet.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from another country to use electrical appliances in Canada simply by changing the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Canada?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 120 volt Canadian power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use any 220-240 volt device you also need to bring a more expensive step up power converter.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Canada?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Canada?

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.

  1. - Canada entry on
  2. Type A plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type A power outlets without converting voltage, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (£4-£5 GBP / around C$15).
  3. - power adaptor