Adapter for Samoa - What plug adapter do I need for Samoa?

Power adapters for Samoa

When organizing a trip it's useful to know if you'll be able to charge all your devices that you are bringing along. But by not knowing which wall socket is used in Samoa you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, meaning having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Samoa. This page contains links to instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're travelling to Samoa by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type I wall outlet. You'll discover power adapters vary depending on which region you are in therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Samoa?

The best power adapter for Samoa is a Type I plug adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Samoa?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which allow a Samoan power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

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

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

A power adapter enables visitors from another country to use their electronic and electrical appliances in Samoa simply by altering the shape of the power plug to fit the power socket.

Do I need a power adapter for Samoa?

If the type of Samoan power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

Does a power adapter change the voltage in Samoa?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Samoan power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Samoa.

Where to buy a power adapter for Samoa in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Samoa in the UK

Samoa 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 Samoa

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Samoa

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