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What type of converter is required in China and can I buy one there?

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Get one of these:

http://www.amazon.com/All---One-Travel-Power-Adapter/dp/B000YN01X4/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1344921614&sr=1-3&keywords=electric+plug+converter

You can get this in China and save a couple of bucks. But if you get it before you go you won't have to spend time looking for it in China.

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Hi, the only difference with the plug configuration in China to Canada's is that the blades has no holes,and slightly shorter.

Unless you are using a hair dryer/electrical shaver, you really do not need a converter,as your camera, phone, PC appliances are designed with plug charger which can take input voltage AC from 100V- 240V,and also frequency of 50-60Hz.

(unless you are using a medical equipment from North America, which then really requires you to convert(we call it step down) the input voltage AC from China's 220V to your appliances fixed 120V.

The reasons, why plug prongs have holes,like in North America,is to cater for older sockets, whereby the metal contacts inside had bumps which interlocked onto the prong holes,so that the plug does not fall off easily from wall socket. Nowadays,with modern sockets, which provide more friction, the holes on prongs are really not necessary..but a change will bother many.

So, if it is just your phone/PC/ camera-- you do not need a plug adapter. And in fact, on modern appliances, there are also voltage selector( a dial/ switch) equipped on the appliance.

You can reconfirm and validate this by looking at your devices that you want to charge,and the plug head should show Input AC- 100-240V, 50-60Hz.

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Thanks @David G..hopefully OP do not come across the inverted V wall socket (i.e. two flat, oblique blades that form an inverted V), like the ones used in Australia and New Zealand.

As advised, he may not need a transformer to step down China input AC voltage for his Canadian devices,if it is camera, handphones, laptop.

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No need for a converter but you may need an adapter. While what issaid above is true, if you have a three-prong plug you won't be able to fit it in. You can buy one when in China for $1.

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Wikipedia has good pictures of the various types - scroll down to China for a good picture of the modern dual mode sockets which take both the 2 pin & (Aust/NZ-type) 3-pin plugs:

…wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_socke…

In airports you are more likely to find just the 3 pin sockets, whereas some hotels will have not only the dual mode sockets but also one or more sockets accepting the HKG/UK style plug.

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