French Polynesia power adapters - what plugs are used in French Polynesia?

French Polynesian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting French Polynesia all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a French Polynesian power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device uses then read the section about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a French Polynesian power outlet then you can use it in French Polynesia without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a French Polynesian power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for French Polynesia such a Type E plug adapter [2]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for French Polynesia (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in French Polynesia, but doesn't change the voltage from 110 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 110 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for French Polynesia to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for French Polynesia if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you need to power one or more USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type E plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for French Polynesia.

Warning: If your device won't handle 110 volts you run the risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before using your device in French Polynesia please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in French Polynesia. This page contains links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when visiting French Polynesia by using the E, A or B type 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets. Most power adapters vary regionally therefore please read the Wiki Connections global power adapters guide for a full list showing powering devices in different destinations. We also suggest referring to the French Polynesia Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details.

French Polynesia power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for French Polynesia?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you are using in French Polynesia. US Type A or Type B outlets might not commonly be available in French Polynesia so it is recommended to bring a suitable plug adapter for French Polynesia.

What is the best power adapter for French Polynesia?

The best power adapter for French Polynesia is a Type E plug adapter [2] which allows you to use any 110 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for French Polynesia?

French Polynesia power outlets

What type of outlets are in French Polynesia?

There are three different types of power supply used in French Polynesia, these are type E, A and B with the primary power supply being type E:

  • Plug Type A - This power socket (called the type A power outlet) is recognised by the 2 slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket blades sit.
  • Plug Type B - The wall supply (technically known as a type B power outlet) can be identified by the two thin slots for live and neutral blades with a semicircular shaped hole below for the grounded pin.
  • Plug Type E - You can identify this plug socket by the two round holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit along with one metal grounding pin protruding from the top in a triangle pattern.
What type of outlets are in French Polynesia?

What is the voltage in French Polynesia?

The voltage in French Polynesia is 110 volts.

Is an outlet in French Polynesia the same as in the US?

Although a US Type A or Type B outlet might possibly be found in French Polynesia it is still recommended to bring a suitable power adapter for French Polynesia, however both the voltage range and frequency are the identical to the US.

Is the voltage in French Polynesia the same as the US?

The voltage in French Polynesia is 110 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. Although these are very similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your American charger or appliance can support voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

What is the frequency used in a French Polynesian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a French Polynesian power outlet is 60Hz.

French Polynesia 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.

What USB charger do I need for French Polynesia?

If travelling with more than one device or visiting multiple countries the best travel adapter for French Polynesia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are three different standards of power outlets that French Polynesians use (types E, A and B) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single international travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage and suitable for recharging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to different continents we recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this online, the power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for French Polynesia?

Why use a travel USB charger for French Polynesia?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps cut down on the weightand size of your luggage by only needing to pack one USB wall charger instead of bringing numerous individual USB power chargers with you.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for various power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting different countries across Oceania which are likely to use different standards to French Polynesia.
  • Good USB chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be impossible to replace in French Polynesia.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 110 volts used in French Polynesia power outlets along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some accommodation or hotel rooms in French Polynesia might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airport departure gates can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in French Polynesia might prove difficult and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered devices such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our section on using travel appliances with a French Polynesian power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in a French Polynesian power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cell phones might require more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase some of your devices require additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple cellphones and tablets every day using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for French Polynesia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting French Polynesia using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 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 French Polynesia.

Power converters for French Polynesia

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter for French Polynesia?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter for French Polynesia?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in French Polynesia, however a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] converts a 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet to work with a non-110 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for French Polynesia?

If visiting French Polynesia from a different country check that the device can be charged using a 110 volt supply.

  • If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting French Polynesia from a different region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) can take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that your device is dual voltage (usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to ensure safe and proper use when powering devices.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to French Polynesia from a higher 230 volt country you will need to use a much larger Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 110 volts.

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

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Single voltage hair straighteners 2

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

The way to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power adapter or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord plugs into. The location might depend on the make and model of your unit but could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

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

Travel appliances which can connect to a French Polynesian 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 French Polynesian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a French Polynesian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can be connected to a French Polynesian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which work with the French Polynesian 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 French Polynesian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a French Polynesian 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 French Polynesian 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/French_Polynesia - French Polynesia Wikipedia web page.
  2. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. https://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451325551&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=HWUDRS5BKFQ75ACA - Step Up Voltage Converter
  9. 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.