Hong Kong power adapters - What adapter do I need for Hong Kong?

Power adapters for Hong Kong

If packing for a holiday to Hong Kong it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power your important electronics such as mobiles and laptops at your hotel. But by not knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you're there. Complicated combinations of standards and plug types can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country, especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Hong Kong. This page has links to step-by-step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you are visiting Hong Kong using the 220 volt 50Hz Type G wall outlet, with the Hongkongese using 13 amp plugs for charging. You'll discover power adapters will vary depending on which country you are in therefore we recommend reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Hong Kong?

The best power adapter for Hong Kong is a Type G plug adapter which is suitable for powering any 220 volt device or appliance. [2]

What is the best power adapter for Hong Kong?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug from a different region to easily slot into an electrical outlet in Hong Kong.

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

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a Hong Kong power outlet?

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Hong Kong power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Hong Kong.

Do I need a power adapter for Hong Kong?

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

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What does a power adapter for a Hong Kong power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different country to use their electronic and electrical appliances and devices in Hong Kong by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Where to buy a power adapter in Hong Kong

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Where to buy a power adapter in Hong Kong

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 Hong Kong in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Hong Kong in the UK

Hong Kong to UK power adapters will most likely be available to buy in the UK from airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham 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 such as WH Smith, Dixons or Boots but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. UK high street electrical shops, newsagents and chemists such as Currys PC World, WH Smith or Boots normally typically only sell popular types of travel adapters covering a limited number of countries however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online. In January 2019 we checked 2 high street branches of WH Smiths without seeing any power adapters available to purchase and 1 branch of Boots only had a pack of European adapters available.

  1. Wikipedia - Hong Kong Wikipedia page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, priced at around £15.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor