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

Power adapters for Canada

If you are packing for a vacation it's helpful to know if you can charge any essential devices such as mobile phones or laptop computers when you're there. But, by not knowing which power socket is used in Canada you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, meaning having to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you're there that might not be compatible. Complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on travelling to a different country especially for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Canada. This page contains links to useful instructions showing how to power your devices when staying in Canada by using their 120 volt 60Hz A Type Canadian wall outlet, with the Canadians using NEMA 1-15 P ungrounded plugs for wall outlets. Power adapters change depending on which area you're taking a trip to so please read our Wiki Connections travel power adapters list for a full list of powering devices in different countries.

What is the best power adapter for Canada?

The best power adapter for Canada will be a Type A power adapter which is suitable for powering any 120 volt appliance or device. [2]

What is the best power adapter for Canada?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that allow a Canadian power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from a foreign region. [3]

Do I need a plug adapter in Canada?

If the shape of the plug outlet in Canada is different to the shape of the Canadian power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Canada enables a visitor from a different country to use their own electronic appliances and devices in Canada by altering the shape of the plug to fit the power outlet.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Canada?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 120 volt Canadian power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use any 220-240 volt device you also need to bring a step up power converter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Canada in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Canada in the UK

Canada 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 Canada

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Canada

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 - Canada entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. Type A plug adapter - There are 2 parallel rectangular flat blades on an unearthed Type A plug adapter with small holes in each blade, £2-£3.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor