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

Power adapters for Singapore

If packing for a trip to Singapore it can be helpful to know if you can use any common electronics such as mobile phones or tablets when you're there. Without knowing which power socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible. Varying different voltages and standards can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Singapore. This page has links to step by step instructions which shows exactly how to supply power to your devices when staying in Singapore using the Type G, C or M Singapore 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware Type G power outlets will be used by a majority of Singaporeans. You'll discover power sockets vary depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Singapore?

The best power adapter for Singapore will be a Type G power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Singapore?

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 Singapore.

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 Singapore power outlet?

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Singapore 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 Singapore.

Do I need a power adapter for Singapore?

It depends on the type of plug you wish to use in Singapore and the location you are travelling from.

What does a power adapter for a Singapore power outlet do?

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

Where to buy a power adapter in Singapore

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Singapore

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 Singapore in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Singapore in the UK

Singapore 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. http://www.visitsingapore.com/en/ - Visit Singapore.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, costs under £10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor