Power adapters for Vietnam - What adapter do I need for Vietnam?

Power adapters for Vietnam

If packing for a vacation to Vietnam it is useful to know if you'll be able to power any important devices like mobiles and cameras at your hotel. However, by not knowing which plug socket to expect you may end up either bringing unnecessary adaptors or pack the wrong adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive adaptor when you're there which might be incompatible. Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Vietnam. This page has links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you are in Vietnam using the standard Type G, A or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type G power outlets will be typically used by most Vietnamese. Most power adapters vary depending on which region you in therefore we recommend reading the Wiki Connections world power adapters list where you'll find a full list showing regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Vietnam?

The best power adapter for Vietnam is a Type G plug adapter which allows you to use any 220 volt appliance or device. [2]

What is the best power adapter for Vietnam?

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 Vietnamese power outlet.

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

Do I need a power adapter in Vietnam?

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

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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 Vietnam simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Vietnam?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Vietnamese 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 Vietnam along with the correct power adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Vietnam in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Vietnam in the UK

Vietnam 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.

Where to buy a power adapter in Vietnam

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Vietnam

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.

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Vietnam.
  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, estimated cost £15-£20.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor