The Cook Islands power adapters - what plugs are used in The Cook Islands?

Cook Islands power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting The Cook Islands all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Cook Islands power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then please read the section about how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Cook Islands power outlet then you can use it in The Cook Islands without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Cook Islands power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for The Cook Islands such a Type I plug adapter [2]. Be aware that a plug adapter for The Cook Islands (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The Cook Islands, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 240 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for The Cook Islands to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for The Cook Islands if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type I plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power your USB devices such as a tablet or cellphone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, but make sure that you bring one which includes a Type I plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for The Cook Islands.

Warning: If your device won't handle 240 volts you run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your device in The Cook Islands read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

When organizing a holiday it can often be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to use any common electrical devices that you are bringing with you. Without knowing which power socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, meaning having to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you're there. Various combinations of voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in The Cook Islands. This page contains links to instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're visiting The Cook Islands by using the 240 volt 50Hz Type I power supply. Most power adapters will vary regionally therefore we recommend that you read our Wiki Connections world power adapters list for a complete list showing charging devices in different regions and countries. We also suggest reading the The Cook Islands Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details on the area.

The Cook Islands power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in The Cook Islands?

This will depend on which location you are travelling from and the type of plug you are attempting to use in The Cook Islands. An American plug won't fit in a Cook Islands power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for The Cook Islands, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for The Cook Islands to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for The Cook Islands?

The best power adapter for The Cook Islands is a Type I power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 240 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for The Cook Islands?

The Cook Islands power outlets

What kind of outlets are in The Cook Islands?

The type of power socket used in The Cook Islands is type I. This power socket, also known as a type I power outlet, can be identified by 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth.

What kind of outlets are in The Cook Islands?

What voltage is used in The Cook Islands?

The normal residential voltage in The Cook Islands is 240 volts.

Is a Cook Islands power outlet the same as in the US?

US plugs won't fit in a Cook Islands power outlet therefore bring a plug adapter for The Cook Islands. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for The Cook Islands and ensure that it works with 50hz.

What electrical frequency is used in The Cook Islands?

The frequency of the alternating current in a Cook Islands power outlet is 50Hz.

Is the voltage in The Cook Islands the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Cook Islands power outlet is 240 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. If your American appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you will need use a power converter for a Cook Islands power outlet which allows a 120 volt US appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

The Cook Islands USB chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for travelling abroad.

Why use a travel USB charger for The Cook Islands?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. This cuts down on the weight of your luggage by only bringing a single USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple individual power chargers.
  • All travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is suitable if visiting multiple countries across Oceania which will probably use a different outlet to The Cook Islands.
  • Good USB power chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be hard to repair or replace in The Cook Islands.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 240 volt power outlets in The Cook Islands along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that some hotels in The Cook Islands might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airport departure lounges can be sparse and demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes and will prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone in The Cook Islands could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to power multiple low powered devices such as laptops, howeverthese will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please read our guide on using travel appliances in The Cook Islands for helpful advice on the best power adapter for using a high wattage devices with a Cook Islands power outlet.
  • Some cellphones might pull more than the usual 500 milliamps supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Check to see if a USB travel chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices require extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for The Cook Islands?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both The Cook Islands and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to The Cook Islands.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting The Cook Islands.

Power converters for The Cook Islands

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for The Cook Islands?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for The Cook Islands?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [5] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in The Cook Islands, however a more expensive and heavier power converter [6] will transform a 240 volt Cook Islands power outlet to work with a non-240 volt appliance.

Do I need a voltage converter for The Cook Islands?

When you are visiting The Cook Islands from another country make sure that the device can be used with a 240 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [8] to prevent the device from overheating during charging.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting The Cook Islands from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [7] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 240 volts.

See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

How to tell the voltage of your device

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How to tell the voltage of your device

One method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the power adapter or on the appliance itself, typically near to where the power cord goes. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance, it could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Cook Islands power outlet

Clothes iron
clothes iron

Curling iron
curling iron

Hair dryer
hair dryer

Hair straighteners
hair straighteners

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Cook Islands power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Cook Islands power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Cook Islands power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to the Cook Islands power outlet

iPhone
iPhone

iPhone 3G
iPhone 3G

iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3GS

iPhone 4
iPhone 4

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S

iPhone 5
iPhone 5

iPhone 5C
iPhone 5C

iPhone 5S
iPhone 5S

iPhone 6
iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Cook Islands power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Cook Islands power outlet

Kindle Fire 1st generation
Kindle Fire 1st generation

Kindle Fire 2nd generation
Kindle Fire 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation

Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Cook Islands power outlet

iPad
iPad

iPad 2
iPad 2

iPad 3
iPad 3

iPad 4
iPad 4

iPad Air
iPad Air

iPad Air 2
iPad Air 2

iPad Mini
iPad Mini

iPad Mini 2
iPad Mini 2

iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 4

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cook_Islands - Cook Islands Wikipedia page.
  2. Type I plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type I power outlets without converting voltage.
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  5. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter
  6. Power converter - A step up step down power converter transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  7. https://www.amazon.com/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451321648&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011%5Cc2888054011&rnid=2887998011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=A6EA2MIBWUPLQKJD - Step Down Voltage Converter
  8. International travel voltage converter - Travel voltage converters change the voltage of an electrical power supply by stepping up or stepping down the voltage and are often compact units which support both plug sockets and USB charging.