Adapters for Australia - What plug adapter do I need for Australia?

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 [2] 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?

A power adapter is a compact and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different shaped power plug on an appliance from another region to fit into a power socket in Australia.

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

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

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Australian power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device you also need to bring a step down power converter for Australia along with the correct power adapter.

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 Australian power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter allows visitors travelling from another country to use electrical appliances and devices in Australia simply by altering the shape of the plug.

Where to buy a power adapter in Australia

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Australia

On arrival power adapters could 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.

Where to buy a power adapter for Australia

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Australia

Power adapters are most likely be available in 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.

It will be 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 but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

  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, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$20).
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor