Power adapter for America - What plug adapter do I need for America?

Power adapters for America

If you are organizing to travel to America it is helpful to know if you'll be able to power your important gadgets when you reach your destination. By not knowing which wall socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore having to buy or borrow a suitable charger when you arrive. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in America. This page contains links to simple instructions showing you exactly how to charge your devices when you are in America using their Type B or A 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type B power outlets are used by most Americans. Power is different depending on which country you are travelling to therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for America?

The best power adapter for America is a Type B power adapter which is suitable for powering any 120 volt appliance or device. [2]

What is the best power adapter for America?

What is a power adapter for an American power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that allow a different type of power plug on an appliance from a different country to correctly fit into an American power outlet. [3]

Do I need a plug adapter for America?

If the type of American power outlet outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter for America do?

A power adapter for America enables a visitor travelling from another location to use their electronic appliances and devices in America simply by changing the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from an American power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 120 volt American power outlet and doesn't convert to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use a 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance you also need a step up power converter.

Where to buy a power adapter for America in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for America in the UK

America 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 America

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in America

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. Visittheusa - Visit The USA.
  2. Type B plug adapter - US and Japanese 3 pinned Type B plug adapters have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades containing holes in each blade, £5-£10.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor