US to India Power Adapter: What Plug Do I Need in India? (2018)

Updated on April 30, 2018 by Asher Fergusson

Info on power adapter plugs for India & how to avoid frying your electronics!

asher-kumbha-melaAfter traveling to India 7 times over the past 7 years (that’s me pictured) I’ve learned the hard way how to deal with your electronics and power adapters in India.

Here’s the thing:

No matter what, it is going to be unpredictable (especially outside of the big cities). And it is always possible to fry your devices.

Read on to learn what you need for a trip to India.

1) Indian Outlets and Power Adapters

indian-outlet-in-a-hotelThe plug shape used in India is quite different to the one we use here in the US and to most other countries as well. Your electronics will not work there unless you have a power adapter which is compatible with the Indian outlets (pictured).

The India power adapter is known as a “Type D” and works in all of the following countries: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan.

2) India Power Adapter by Hero Travel Supply

After having varying experiences from trying countless different brands of India Power Adapters, I decided to take matters into my own hands. My company, Hero Travel Supply, sources and sells these quality adapters that are individually tested in the USA.

Every order also comes with a corresponding free ebook which teaches you how to avoid frying your electronics in India. I wrote this comprehensive guide based on years of experience in dealing with the unpredictable, often surging power supply in India which can ruin your devices (I know because my $2000 Macbook got fried)!

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3) India’s Voltage Level

voltage-in-indiaThe typical United States voltage is 120 volts, whereas the voltage in India is (supposed to be) 240 volts. This means that unless your electronics are able to accommodate 240V, the Indian outlet will likely destroy your device!

The next section addresses how to know what voltage your device can handle, and if you should even bring it on your trip.

Keep in mind that although India is supposed to be 240V it is very unpredictable and can spike well below or even high above this voltage level. Later on in the eBook we will discuss how to combat this problem, so you can best avoid damaging your electronics.

4) The Voltage of Your Devices

There are two main types of appliances and chargers available in the electronic world: those that use single-voltage and those that can accommodate dual-voltage.

Single-voltage devices have a small voltage range (such as 100–120V). They are able to handle small voltage fluctuations but will not be able to handle India’s 240V power supply—if used you will likely end up with a smoking piece of electronics!

Some examples of single voltage appliances are older hair dryers and irons. There should be a tag, compliance plate or stamp on the appliance letting you know the voltage compatibility (see example shown above). If they are not rated at 240V don’t even bring these items with you. They are a fire hazard, and at best will break on your trip.

Dual-voltage devices have a larger voltage range, for example 110V/240V. These devices are able to handle up to 240V, and are “safer” to bring to India.

Some examples of dual-voltage devices include newer hair dryers, electric shavers, toothbrushes, irons, laptops, Kindles (as shown in the image), tablets, smartphones, cell phones, MP3 players, cameras and battery chargers. No transformer or converter is required to use these items in India—you just need the Hero Travel Supply Power Adapter that you have already wisely purchased.

Introduction to India’s power supply – getting to know the terrain


1) Beware of electrocution from dodgy wiring

india-electrocution-dangerIn general, the electrical wiring in India is extremely unconventional and not something to be taken for granted as being safe. We have on multiple occasions, touched a live wire that we didn’t notice and got a nasty shock.

One time it was so bad my entire arm was numb for a day!… I advise taking care at all times when plugging in or removing an item from an outlet.

2) India’s power supply is very unpredictable

Although outlets in India should run at 240V, power outages and power spikes are extremely common. This is because the reliability of India’s power supply varies widely, from state to state, right across the country, due to lack of proper infrastructure and wiring. Even “electrical thievery” is common in India where poor locals steal the power by hooking their home electrical power line to the overhead city lines without paying for it!

How much the power can spike during a given day varies greatly from place to place. The bigger cities’ power supply tends to be a little more stable, while the more remote “outback” locations tend to be more unstable. In some places we would suggest it is erratic and unpredictable at best.

No matter where you are, it’s important that you never rely on the stability or dependability of the power supply.

3) Huge Voltage Fluctuations

Constant power spikes—especially in remote areas of India—can cause the voltage in an outlet to fluctuate from 0V all the way to 280V+ in a matter of seconds!

That huge fluctuation means that your electronics will take a serious beating… and a power surge at 280V, or even higher, is when your electronics will likely get seriously damaged.

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8 Comments on “US to India Power Adapter: What Plug Do I Need in India? (2018)

  1. Hi. So excited, spur of the moment, trip of a lifetime with friends. I leave for New Delhi in a week. Thanks for all of your travel tips, I feel prepared with all of my survival and prevention goodies. The “Go Girl” -who knew???? That provides great relief. Haha. I just received my Hero Travel Supply of power adapters but am unable to locate the ebook via your www. address. Too many other things come up. I am relatively handy, but these adapters look like I need an additional adapter in order to plug in my devices. Thanks for everything. And congrats on the new life that you and Lyric have created. It truly is a miracle when we get that blessing!

  2. Pl. don’t scare people with bullshit images – India is far advanced and power supply is stable. No crisscross wiring these days …. Yes, the plugs are different from rest of the world and you can get adopters at very reasonable price as low as 50 Cents – if your device is dual rated 110V to 220V then you only need this adopter – available in any roadside electrical stores you don’t need to visit high-end stores. If its not dual rated you need to look for other means. Standard travel adopters are available all across US, you can carry one … I am international traveler so I carry one universal adopter … ofcourse its made in China as usual …

    • Ravi,

      I brought Surface pro from the US. Can you suggest a good adapter for safe voltage conversion. I’ve normal adapter. I’m little scared that it will damage my laptop

  3. Indians who live in India will NEVER understand what is written in these articles!
    I also am writing a book on India! I lived there for eight years! They will say you are negative and get offended because they do not understand our perspective! Which I saw already on the other page when you were explaning the truth!

  4. Hi Asher,
    My trip to India is getting closer. I’m looking into insect repellants (they don’t have to be natural) as I just heard a story about someone I know who got deathly ill from dengue virus.
    What do you recommend?

  5. Several sources I’ve consulted online indicate that, in addition to Type D, India also uses Type M (which looks similar to D; maybe different size prongs or different spacing?), and Type C (as in much of Europe). But your Hero adapter only covers Type D. How common are Type M and C in southern India (around Chennai)?

  6. wow, it really is a mess the electrical installations in India, I can not imagine the problem to fix them, the best is to buy universal adapters.

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