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

Power adapters for Taiwan

When packing for a trip it's useful to know if you can power your vital devices when you get there. By not knowing which power socket is used you may end up either weighing yourself down with too many adaptors or pack the wrong power charger, meaning having to buy a suitable power adaptor when you're there that might be incompatible and cause problems with your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Taiwan. This page has links to useful instructions demonstrating how to supply power to your devices when going to Taiwan using their standard B or A type Taiwanese 110 volt 60Hz power outlets, you'll discover a majority of Taiwanese typically use Type B power outlets. Power sockets are different depending on which country you are visiting therefore please read the World power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Taiwan?

The best power adapter for Taiwan will be a Type B power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 110 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Taiwan?

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 Taiwan.

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

Does a power adapter convert the voltage from a Taiwanese power outlet?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt Taiwanese power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a different voltage. Should you need to safely use a 220-240 volt appliance then you also need to bring a more expensive step up power converter.

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

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

Do I need a power adapter for Taiwan?

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

Where to buy a power adapter in Taiwan

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Taiwan

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 Taiwan in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Taiwan in the UK

Taiwan 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan - Taiwan Wikipedia page.
  2. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B power outlets without converting voltage, £5-£10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor