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When bringing your appliances to Australia, you may need these 2 devices*:
Voltage Converter - (a device that transforms the voltage from the power outlet into one your appliance can use).
Power Adapter - (a device that allows you to plug your device into an Australia power outlet).
Read below to see which ones you need.
Mains voltage in Australia is 230V 50Hz. Travellers from most nations in Asia, Africa and Europe should have appliances that work on the same mains voltage as Australia - therefore you will not need a voltage converter. Notable exceptions to this are Japan, USA and Canada which uses 100/120V 50/60Hz.
If your country does not use appliances within the 230V 50Hz mains voltage range, you will need to purchase a voltage converter. This will transform the voltage from the power outlet into one your appliance can use. You will also need a power adapter (see below).
Note: Some appliances run on a variety of mains voltages. Your appliance should be marked with this information or mentioned in the product's instruction booklet. e.g.,a power supply marked as: "Input: AC 1.5A 100-240V 50/60Hz" does not require the use of a voltage converter as it works on a mains voltage range between 100V and 240V.
Example of a UK to Australia power adapter
If your country does use the same mains voltage as Australia all you need is a power adapter. This enables you to plug your appliance into the sockets in Australia. Simply put, you plug your appliance into the power adapter and then plug the power adapter into the wall socket in Australia.
The plugs in Australia have two flat metal pins shaped live a "V" and some may contain a third flat pin in the centre.