Australia power adapters - what plugs are used in Australia?

Australian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Australia?

Bring a Type I plug adapter [3] to Australia if your plug won't fit into an Australian power outlet.

The type of power 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 you're from America and visiting Australia then you will need to use a power adapter to fit a US plug in an Australian power outlet. As the voltage is different in Australia you also need to pack a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • 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 [3]. 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 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 choose to 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.
  • Excessive use of a cellphone during a trip will leave you with a flat battery quickly, we recommend bringing a portable charger [4] if you want to recharge your mobile phone or other devices whilst travelling to an unknown country.

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

Australia power adapters

Power adapters for Australia

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.

What is the best power adapter for Australia?

The best power adapter for Australia will be a Type I power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Australia?

What is a power adapter for an Australian power outlet?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters which allow an electrical socket in Australia to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another region.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from an Australian power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Australian power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance you will also need a more expensive step down power converter.

Do I need a plug adapter in Australia?

If the power outlet in your home country isn't the same as the shape of the plug outlet in Australia then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter for Australia if I'm visiting from America?

American plugs won't physically fit in an Australian power outlet therefore 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 overheating or damage.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for an Australian power outlet enables visitors from a different location to use their electrical devices in Australia by changing the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Australia?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Australia?

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.

Electrical adapters for Australia

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Some universal adapters include USB ports

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Useful when visiting to multiple countries. Typical models are designed to function in around 150 countries.
  • All in one compact design, small and lightweight for under $20 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$30).
  • There are some models which have multiple charging ports for USB devices built in.
  • Easy to use.
  • Some universal travel power adapters also include a surge protector built in to protect any electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so won't catch against other items in baggage.
  • When you return home it could still work as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit into an Australian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal travel power adapters will overload when used with a high powered electrical appliance such as hair straighteners, vacuum cleaners, kettles, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • The pins, shutters and other moving parts could be fragile on some universal travel adapters which might make them prone to jamming when travelling.
  • Only charges one appliance.
  • Might not work in some countries, adapters might not work in certain countries with less common outlets.
  • Missing a built in power converter means it won't be suitable for electrical appliances which don't support 230 volts in Australia.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with swappable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal for situations when you only need to power USB devices such as tablets, iPhones and MP3 players.
  • Rather than carry lots of domestic power chargers you only have to bring one unit which costs on average under $15 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).
  • Chargers come with interchangeable heads meaning they can be used in a large number of countries. The interchangeable adapter heads are usually lightweight and small which makes them easy to store.
  • Has surge protection.
  • The charger can still be useful domestically.
  • Interchangeable heads fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in an Australian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB ports so you will be unable to power any appliances, only USB powered devices.
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type I plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Bringing a Type I plug adapter [3] will work in Australia.
  • Simple to use.
  • Cheapest option, prices between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  • Light and small.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Should you intend on visiting more than just Australia then you might need to bring more than one type of plug adapter.
  • Adapter only changes the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type I Australian power outlet and doesn't modify the actual voltage. So if your device doesn't work with a 230 volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage you'll also need to pack a voltage converter.
  • Only 1 plug adapter for each plug - for each device or appliance you will also need to bring a separate power plug adapter.
  • Your accomodation might only have a single power outlet, so you will only be able to charge one appliance at once.
  • If you wish to charge a USB device then you also still need to pack your USB charger.
Travel Power Strips

Travel power strip including plug adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is able to charge more than one electronic appliance at the same time via one Australian power outlet, costing under $40 USD (under £40 GBP / under C$45).
  • Some models are able to convert voltage for low wattage electronics such as laptops. So even if the appliance isn't dual voltage it should still function with a Australian power outlet by using a travel power strip. This will make them a lightweight and cheaper alternative to a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Some modern travel power strips feature a number of USB charge ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain countries can be tempremental, a sudden power surge will damage electronics. There are some travel power strips that include a built in surge protector which will prevent your electronics from being overpowered.
  • When you return home it should still be of use as a power strip and USB charger.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Australia. (Note: UK power strips include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you will need to use it with an additional plug adapter.)

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The conversion on travel power strips doesn't work with higher wattage appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Due to their size power strips might be too heavy for hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be considered excessive for travellers with only a small number of appliances to power.
Plug Adapter Sets

Plug adapter sets

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25) a power adapter set works out cheaper than purchasing individual power plug adapters for multiple trips costing over $15 USD (over £5 GBP / almost C$10) each.
  • By bringing every type of plug adapter ensures that you are covered for all plug outlet types and not just an Australian power outlet.
  • Ideal if you are visiting multiple countries.
  • A set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will work in Australia.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; before any trip you'll have to decide which adapters to bring in advance, or alternatively pack every power adapter in the set with you.
  • Means lots of individual adapters to pack.
  • With only a single functioning plug adapter working in Australia the remaining plug adapters will be redundant.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included (especially rarer ones), so ensure that your plug adapter set has one that is compatible with an Australian power outlet.
  • Each plug adapter only alters the shape of the plug but not the voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • Only changes the 230 volts from a Australian power outlet and won't change the shape of the plug to fit into a Australian power outlet, therefore you'll still need to bring the correct type of power adapter.
  • The normal size and weight of most models of voltage converters makes them unsuitable for carrying in carry-on luggage.
  • Useless after your trip to Australia.
  • Often less expensive to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a much more expensive voltage converter just in order to power your existing appliance in Australia.
  • Expensive; between $110 to $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  • If you are travelling to Australia from the US you will need a power converter as the voltage in Australia is 230 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Australia

Type I Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Australia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included I A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 20+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type I Australian power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type I plug adapter required to fit in an Australian power outlet Yes
Useful when you return home Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 230 volt AC appliance in Australia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$20) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20) between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$40-C$45) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / over C$60)
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Australia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Australia?

The type of power outlet used in Australia is type I. You can identify the plug outlet by three thin slots for the live, neutral and ground.

What plug sockets are used in Australia?

Do US plugs work in Australia?

No; an American plug won't work in Australia because it won't fit into an Australian power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. The voltage is 230 volts therefore please use a power converter for Australia if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance can work with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Australia?

To use a 110 volt appliance in Australia you will need to bring a step down power converter.

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.

What is access to electricity in Australia like?

The entire population has access to electricity in Australia.

Is electric reliable in Australia?

Although stable electrical power can't be guaranteed, the power grid in Australia is classed as reliable with no history of frequent power cuts compared to other countries.

Should I bring a portable charger to Australia?

Although power blackouts in Australia aren't regular and power is available throughout the country, travellers should still bring a power bank to recharge cell phones.

  • During a trip to Australia increased use of mobile phones for storing calendars, taking photographs, social network sharing, getting directions and staying entertained can syphon off power excessively. Beyond the inconvenience of missed photo opportunities a flat smart phone battery can possibly leave you without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to return back to your accommodation. By packing a portable charger [4] eases those concerns as it allows you to keep your cell phone powered without using an Australian power outlet.
  • We recommend bringing at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [4] which will supply enough energy to cover over three full charging cycles while a 20,000mAh portable charger [14] should keep an average smart phone powered for up to seven days.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop in Australia and it it supports USB-C charging then use a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying at least 20 Wh.
  • Before travelling please note that some airlines won't allow you bring portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Average consumer power banks aren't powerful enough for high powered items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] are designed for travelling.
Should I bring a portable charger to Australia?
Does a solar battery charger work in Australia?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Does a solar battery charger work in Australia?

The climate in Australia will be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [17] reliability, but will need to be exposed to strong daylight to produce suitable energy for a single charge. This could prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the bigger durable panels used on a solar backpack [16] will give the backpack the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time, meaning they should perform well in Australia.
  • Phones which are directly plugged into the USB charging port of a backpack should gradually recharge the battery during sunny periods in Australia, however this might be inconvenient to have the phone constantly connected to the bag during the day should it be needed frequently. A solar powered bag is more often exposed to light therefore will be powering up a regular power bank throughout the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank which needs unpacking and facing the sunlight.
  • Although the climate in Australia is suitable, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • The flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are built to endure bending and scratches, unlike normal solid solar panels. They come in messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them perfect for domestic, work and travel use.

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)

Australia 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.

Why use a travel USB charger for Australia?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is suitable when travelling across different countries which will probably use different power outlets to Australia.
  • Good USB chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in Australia.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Australia along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotel rooms or accommodation in Australia might only have one power outlet, by using 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.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Australia could prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please refer to the guide on using travel appliances in Australia for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices in an Australian power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could require more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB power 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.
  • Travel USB power chargers can still be useful back at home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every night using one 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 a power converter for an Australian power outlet?

Power converters for Australia enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Australian 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?

An expensive and heavy power converter [18] transforms the voltage of 230 volts from an Australian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, however a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Australia.

Do I need a power converter for Australia?

If travelling to Australia from a different region check that the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [10] is needed if you are visiting Australia from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage such as 120 volts and used with 230 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [19] which allows it to be used with a 230 volt Australian power outlet.
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than investing in a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hairdryers and flat irons with Australian power outlets , along with advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Australia from America?

The voltage from a electric outlet in Australia is different to a US supply so bring a step down power converter [10] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Australia?

You need a step down power converter [10] which will allow you to use any 100-120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Australian power outlet.

What voltage does Australia use?

Australia uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [10] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 230 volt Australian 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 Australia before plugging that into an Australian 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 an 230 volt Australian power outlet.
What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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.
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners 2

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 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 100/240V.

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Trvel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets and number of USB powers were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for Australia?

Which type of power adapter do you need for Australia?

The type of plug adapter or power converter that is suitable for Australia will depend on your requirements. Prior to deciding the right adapter to buy we recommend using this checklist:

What types of electrical items do you need to charge with an Australian power outlet?

Will you need to power appliances

What types of electrical items do you need to charge with an Australian power outlet?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electronic items that can be plugged into a power outlet - for example a camera.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which plug into an electrical outlet - for example hair straighteners or clothes irons.
    • USB devices that can be plugged into a USB port - for example mobile phones and Kindles.
  • Should you only have to take just USB powered devices then you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is ideal because you will only need to bring that single lightweight charger with your existing USB charging cables rather than having to pack lots of domestic chargers.
  • Travel power strips are made for powering and voltage conversion for multiple low wattage devices (such as cameras), however unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as clothes irons) which require voltage conversion.
How many electrical devices are you taking to Australia?

How many devices will you be packing

How many electrical devices are you taking to Australia?

  • Trying counting how many electronic you intended on bringing with you to Australia (for example cell phones, tablets, laptops, eReaders, curling irons or hair dryers).
    • Take into account that you might own more devices in the future. Are you thinking about purchasing a new cell phone computer next year?
    • There is a growing number of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise a USB port for their power source. The if you have to replace a device it might need a USB power adapter so remember to check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these additional devices too.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their phones?

Will your appliances and devices only work with a 230 volt power outlet?

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Australia?

Are you only charging USB items

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Australia?

How many Australian power outlets will be available?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many Australian power outlets will be available?

  • Your accommodation in Australia might only have one power outlet on the wall, this will present an issue if recharging the batteries of more than one item overnight because you can only recharge a single device at a time then have to keep swapping.
  • To charge more than one device at the same time look to using either a travel power strip or USB wall charger that can power multiple USB ports or outlets.

How much can you afford?

  • Cheap power adapters start from under $10 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$45) which powers a single device in only one location (providing that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 230 volts), but paying roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) will allow you to charge more than one device at once and be able to use them in multiple countries.

Is Australia the only place you'll be visiting?

  • A single power adapter will only work in the one country that it was built for, therefore if you are visiting more than a single country you'll need to carry additional power adapters which can in turn add to the number of adapters you have to pack.
  • However, travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are perfect for travelling to multiple countries due to the inclusion of interchangeable heads.

Do you plan on visiting elsewhere in the future?

Are you flying long haul to travel to Australia?

Ensure your phone can be used throughout travel

Are you flying long haul to travel to Australia?

  • For much longer journeys consider bringing a convenient airport-friendly charger that works in different power outlet types, one which can be packed in carry-on luggage and can be used to quickly top up phones and tablets.
  • Not all planes and airports have power outlets for customers therefore we recommend packing a travel portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. After landing in Australia you could need to use a cell phone to make a call, messenging, using sat nav or viewing itineraries; so make sure that your phone has ample battery power left.
Are you only bringing hand luggage to Australia?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage to Australia?

Do you still need use your charger when returning home?

Are you visiting other countries with good access to power?

  • The voltage in Australia is generally stable but if you plan to visit another country you may need an adapter which offers protection to your devices. The power could sporadically fluctuate in some areas and this could cause damage to your devices, so you will need to look for an adapter which offers built in surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Using a solar backpack [16] or portable charger [4] will prepare you for a power cut and countries with limited electricity.

What can I connect to an Australian power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to an Australian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Australian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Australian power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to the Australian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to an Australian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Australian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Australian power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Australian power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Australia, 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 [20].

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia - wikipedia web page about Australia.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type I plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type I power outlets without converting voltage, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$20).
  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, between $30 to $35 USD (£20-£25 GBP / around C$35).
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$30).
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  8. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, between $35 to $40 USD (under £40 GBP / under C$45).
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, costing between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$25).
  10. 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, under $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, estimated price under $160 USD (£140-£150 GBP / C$460-C$470).
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, estimated cost between $20 to $25 USD (£30-£35 GBP / under C$45).
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, priced at between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / under C$50).
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, priced at under $130 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$140-C$150).
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, under $90 USD (£70-£80 GBP / C$270-C$280).
  17. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, under $25 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$50-C$60).
  18. 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, under $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$60-C$70).
  19. 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, between $140 to $150 USD (£100-£110 GBP / around C$120).
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets