South Korea adapters - What power adapter do I need for South Korea?

Power adapters for South Korea

When packing for a holiday it can be useful to know in advance if you can charge your indispensable gadgets when you arrive. However without knowing which power socket is used in South Korea you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, meaning needing to purchase a potentially overpriced power adaptor when you're there. Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in South Korea. This page has links to instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices in South Korea by using the standard types F or C South Korean 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, most South Koreans use Type F sockets in their power outlets. Most power adapters will change from country to country so please read the WikiConnections travel power adapters guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different countries.

What is the best power adapter for South Korea?

The best power adapter for South Korea will be a Type F plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for South Korea?

What is a power adapter for a South Korean power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter which permits a South Korean power outlet to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from another region.

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

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in South Korea?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt South Korean power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt device you also need to bring a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for South Korea?

If the power plug that you want to use is different to the type of South Korean power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter for South Korea do?

A power adapter allows visitors from a different country to use electrical appliances in South Korea simply by adapting the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Where to buy a power adapter in South Korea

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in South Korea

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 South Korea in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for South Korea in the UK

South Korea 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.visitkorea.com.my/ - Korea Tourism Organization site.
  2. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage, costs around £10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor