Power adapters for Sri Lanka - What adapter do I need for Sri Lanka?

Power adapters for Sri Lanka

If you are planning to travel it can be helpful to know if you can power all your essential electronics when you arrive at your destination. Without knowing which wall socket is used in Sri Lanka you could end up either weighing yourself down with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you having to borrow a suitable charger on arrival. Differing standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. 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 electronics in Sri Lanka. This page contains links to simple instructions showing exactly how to supply power to your devices when you're visiting Sri Lanka by using the Type G, D or M Sri Lankan 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Sri Lankans typically use the Type G sockets in their wall outlets. You will discover power sockets will vary depending on which country you are in therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Sri Lanka?

The best power adapter for Sri Lanka will be a Type G power adapter which is suitable for powering any 230 volt device or appliance. [2]

What is the best power adapter for Sri Lanka?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a compact and cheap plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly fit into a Sri Lankan power outlet.

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

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances in Sri Lanka simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Do I need a power adapter in Sri Lanka?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.

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Can a power adapter change the voltage in Sri Lanka?

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

Where to buy a power adapter in Sri Lanka

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Sri Lanka

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 Sri Lanka in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Sri Lanka in the UK

Sri Lanka 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 - wikipedia.org entry about Sri Lanka.
  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, £15-£20.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor