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

French Polynesian power outlet

What adapter do I need for French Polynesia?

You'll need to bring a Type E plug adapter [3] to French Polynesia if your plug won't fit into a French Polynesian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting French Polynesia all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a French Polynesian power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then read the section below about how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If you're travelling to French Polynesia from the US we recommend bringing a plug adapter for French Polynesia as US Type A or B outlets might not typically be found.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can 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 [3]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for French Polynesia (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in French Polynesia, but can't change the voltage from 110 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 110 volts and isn't dual voltage 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 will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for French Polynesia if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to recharge your USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it will work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes 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 used in French Polynesia you run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before attempting to use your device in French Polynesia please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

French Polynesia power adapters

Power adapters for French Polynesia

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.

What is the best power adapter for French Polynesia?

The best power adapter for French Polynesia is a Type E plug adapter [3] which allows you to use any 110 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for French Polynesia?

What is a power adapter for a French Polynesian power outlet?

A power adapter for French Polynesia is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits an electrical socket in French Polynesia to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [4].

Do I need a plug adapter in French Polynesia?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in French Polynesia.

Do I need a power adapter for French Polynesia if I'm from the US?

US Type A or B outlets might not readily be available in French Polynesia so it is recommended to use a suitable plug adapter for French Polynesia.

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in French Polynesia?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use a 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance then you will also need a more expensive step up power converter for French Polynesia along with the correct power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from a different country to use electrical appliances and devices in French Polynesia simply by adapting the shape of the plug from one type to another.

French Polynesia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in French Polynesia?

Type A, B and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in French Polynesia?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can identify the plug socket by 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other where the pins go.
  • Plug Type B - This power socket (called a type B power outlet) is recognised by the 2 slots next to each other with a single hole below for the long earthed pin.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise the power outlet by two large circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral and a long metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular shape.

Do US plugs work in French Polynesia?

Maybe with some power outlets which are available in French Polynesia; but we suggest using all types of plug adapters for French Polynesia because a US Type A or Type B outlet might not typically be found.

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.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in French Polynesia?

A step up power converter will allow you to use a 220V appliance in French Polynesia.

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 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 charging multiple USB powered devices when 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 [6]. 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 [6] 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 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only bringing one USB wall charger instead of bringing several different USB power chargers.
  • Travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries across Oceania which are likely to use a different standard to French Polynesia.
  • A good USB power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in French Polynesia.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 110 volts used in French Polynesia power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel rooms or accommodation in French Polynesia might only have one power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with all your devices instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in French Polynesia might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Higher priced USB chargers should also include a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please see our guide on using travel appliances with a French Polynesian power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a French Polynesian power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Some tablets and mobile phones could require more than the usual 500 mA produced from a normal 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 draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be useful by charging multiple cell phones and tablets every day using a single 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 a power converter for a French Polynesian power outlet?

A power converter enables travellers to use their 220-240 volt electrical appliance with a 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

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

An expensive and bulky power converter [7] will convert a 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet to work with a non-110 volt appliance, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet in French Polynesia.

Do I need a power converter for French Polynesia?

When visiting French Polynesia from another country please check that your device can be used with a 110 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [8] if you are visiting French Polynesia from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance or device is incompatible with 110 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a 110 volt device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage such as 230 volts and used in a 110 volt outlet may take longer to charge or simply won't power up. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting French Polynesia from a different region then check that it will work with a 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet or you will need to bring a step up power converter [8].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair dryers or curling irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [9] which allows it to be used with a 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier high wattage power converter to French Polynesia in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers in French Polynesia , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting French Polynesia from America?

You won't need a power converter because the voltage from a French Polynesian power outlet is in the same 100-120V range as America.

What kind of converter do I need for French Polynesia?

You will need to buy a step up power converter [8] to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in French Polynesia.

What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.

How to convert 110 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [8] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for French Polynesia before plugging that into a French Polynesian power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet.

What voltage is used in French Polynesia?

French Polynesia uses 110 volts in their power outlets.

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

Single voltage hair straighteners

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 difference) 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.

What can I connect to a French Polynesian power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a French Polynesian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a French Polynesian power outlet

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

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

Apple iPhones which work with the French Polynesian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a French Polynesian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a French Polynesian power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a French Polynesian power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting French Polynesia, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [11].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Polynesia - French Polynesia Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  6. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  7. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  8. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet.
  9. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  10. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets