"Universal" power converter for SE Asia
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jun 7, 2008 11:49 PM Last Post By: D114
Jun 7, 2008 1:44 PM
"Universal" power converter for SE AsiaI'm going to Southeast Asia soon. I'll be visiting Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Does anyone have suggestions for a power converter than can be used in all these places. I've seen some universal ones but I'm not sure if they suit Southeast Asia, they don't mention it as one of the covered regions. I'm looking to convert to US voltage/pins
Jun 7, 2008 2:46 PM
1You may well be fine with your electrical products. I find Australian products work fine unless they have the 3 pin plug and then I need to use an adaptor. Have a look here WORLD ELECTRIC GUIDE you'll see that the 'C" plug works in all the SE Asian countries, but you will need G for Singapore and Malaysia.
They are very cheap to buy once you are over there.
Have a great trip :)
Jun 7, 2008 9:13 PM
2Most plugs in Cambodia are two prong, both the round- and flat-pin variety work.
Jun 7, 2008 11:49 PM
3If you're going to land in Malaysia, or Singapore and can wait a day, buy the adapter there. It's cheap and available everywhere. It will be a third of the price of the equivalent in the states and can be of better quality if you get a nice one. If your appliances are grounded (what are you doing, travelling with grounded appliances?) you will need a thai/cambodia universal adapter (allows Australian, UK, USA appliances to work with the thai outlet) which is available there for a few dollars. If you're going to be using a laptop, many places sell the cord that plugs into your power brick for about a dollar. Just buy the right cord and you will not have to use an adapter.
if you buy the cord set, a 2-pin cord will work in ALL of those countries without any adapter. All you need to do is push the ground terminal with a bic pen while in Singapore and Malaysia (or buy that little plastic adapter which might come with your 2 pin cord) to let your appliance plug in. It's a widely accepted practice here per my Singaporean friends.
If you land in the other listed countries (thailand, cambodia, vietnam), you don't need an adapter if your plug is non-polarized.
In essence, you should need only one adapter - which adapts the UK style plug to the US style appliance cord. Your other option with a laptop is Ito buy a new line cord with 2 pins and have power in every country without an adapter.
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