Kiribati power adapters - what plugs are used in Kiribati?

Kiribati power outlet

What adapter do I need for Kiribati?

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Kiribati will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power in a Kiribati power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If you're planning on visiting Kiribati from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Kiribati power outlet. As the voltage is different in Kiribati you also need to pack a power converter for Kiribati if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Kiribati power outlet then it can work in Kiribati.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Kiribati power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Kiribati such a Type I plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Kiribati (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Kiribati, but but is unable to change the voltage from 240 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Kiribati to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Kiribati if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type I plug adapter.
  • If you need to recharge your USB devices such as a tablet or cell phone then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring one which includes a Type I plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Kiribati.

Warning: If your device won't handle 240 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Kiribati please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often cause confusion when planning to stay in another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Kiribati. This page has links to useful instructions telling you exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in Kiribati using their standard 240 volt 50Hz Type I power supply. Power adapters vary regionally therefore please read the power adapters for a full list of regions and countries. We recommend reading the Kiribati Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details on travelling to the location.

Kiribati power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Kiribati?

The best power adapter for Kiribati will be a Type I power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 240 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Kiribati?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a wall outlet in Kiribati to accept a power plug from an appliance from a different region.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Kiribati allows visitors travelling from another country to use electronic appliances in Kiribati by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Do I need a power adapter in Kiribati?

If the power plug that you are using isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Kiribati then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter for Kiribati if I'm from the US?

If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Kiribati as an American plug won't physically fit into a Kiribati power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Kiribati if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Kiribati?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Kiribati power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance then you will also need a step down power converter for Kiribati.

Kiribati power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Kiribati?

Type I power outlet

What plug sockets are used in Kiribati?

Type I plug sockets are used in Kiribati. This plug socket (technically called a type I power outlet) can be recognised by the three slots forming a triangle configuration with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and ground.

What voltage is used in a Kiribati power outlet?

The typical residential voltage used from a Kiribati power outlet is 240 volts.

Do US plugs work in Kiribati?

No - an American plug won't work in Kiribati because it doesn't fit in a Kiribati power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 240 volts so you will need to use a power converter for Kiribati if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

What frequency is used in Kiribati?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Kiribati power outlet is 50 Hz.

Are outlets in Kiribati the same as US?

US plugs won't fit in a Kiribati power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Kiribati. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Kiribati and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

Is the voltage in Kiribati the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Kiribati power outlet is 240 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Kiribati power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 240 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Kiribati?

To use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Kiribati you need a step down power converter.

Kiribati 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.

Why use a travel USB charger for Kiribati?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices, thereby reducing the weight of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for different regions thereby making them perfect if visiting different countries across Oceania which will probably use different power outlets to Kiribati.
  • A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Kiribati.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 240 volt power outlets in Kiribati along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that hotel rooms in Kiribati might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports are often in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Kiribati might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also include power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information read our guide on using travel appliances with a Kiribati power outlet for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Kiribati power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets could pull more than the standard 500 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 should some of your devices require extra power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Kiribati?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Kiribati and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Kiribati.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 Kiribati.

Power converters for Kiribati

What does a power converter for a Kiribati power outlet do?

Power converters for Kiribati allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 240 volt Kiribati 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?

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] converts a 240 volt Kiribati power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Kiribati.

Do I need a power converter for Kiribati?

When travelling to Kiribati from another region check that the device will accept a 240 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [8] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 240 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 240 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 240 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [9] which allows it to be used with a 240 volt Kiribati power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Kiribati in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hairdryers with Kiribati power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Kiribati from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Kiribati is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore please use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Kiribati?

You need to use a step down power converter [8] which will allow you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Kiribati.

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 240 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [8] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 240 volt Kiribati 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 Kiribati before plugging that into a Kiribati 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 to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 240 volt Kiribati power outlet.

What voltage is used in Kiribati?

Kiribati uses 240 volts in their power outlets.

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Single voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • 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 say a large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to a Kiribati power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Kiribati power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Kiribati power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Kiribati power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Kiribati power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Kiribati power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Kiribati power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Kiribati, 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 [10].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiribati - wikipedia.org entry about Kiribati.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type I plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type I 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. 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 converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  8. 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.
  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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets