Micronesia power adapters - what plugs are used in Micronesia?

Micronesian power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Micronesia all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Micronesian power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device uses then read the section below about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Micronesian power outlet then it can work in Micronesia.
  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Micronesian power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Micronesia such a Type B plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Micronesia (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Micronesia, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 120 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 120 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Micronesia to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Micronesia if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power your USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring one which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Micronesia.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 120 volts used in Micronesia you run a risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in Micronesia please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and plug types can often be daunting when planning on staying in a new country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Micronesia. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions which shows how to power your devices when going to Micronesia using their standard types B or A Micronesian 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. Most power adapters will vary depending on which area you are travelling to therefore we suggest reading the travel power adapters page for a full list of countries. We recommend reading the Micronesia Wikipedia page [1] for further details.

Micronesia power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Micronesia?

If the power outlet in your home country isn't the same as the shape of the Micronesian power outlet then you will need a power adapter. A US plug will not need an adapter as it already fits in a Micronesian power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for Micronesia?

The best power adapter for Micronesia is a Type B power adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 120 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Micronesia?

Micronesia power outlets

What type of outlets are in Micronesia?

There are two types of power supply used in Micronesia, these are type B and A with the primary power outlets being type B:

  • Plug Type A - This plug socket, also called a type A power outlet, can be identified by the 2 adjacent slots next to each other.
  • Plug Type B - The plug supply (technically known as a type B power outlet) can be recognised by the 2 slots where the blades go with a semicircle shaped hole below for the long earth pin.
What type of outlets are in Micronesia?

What voltage is used in Micronesia?

The voltage used in Micronesia is 120 volts.

What is the frequency used with a Micronesian power outlet?

The frequency found in a Micronesian power outlet is 60 Hz.

Is the voltage in Micronesia the same as the US?

The voltage in Micronesia is exactly the same as America.

Is an outlet in Micronesia the same as the US?

A US plug will fit into a Micronesian power outlet, both the frequency and voltage range are the identical to the US.

Micronesia 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 Micronesia?

If you are travelling with more than just one device and visiting more than one country then the best travel adapter for Micronesia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Micronesians use two different standards of wall outlets (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices. This will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your devices at the airport or on the flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel to Micronesia we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Micronesia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Micronesia?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers include interchangeable plug heads for various countries making them ideal if visiting different countries across Oceania which are likely to use a different standard to Micronesia.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight - perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to replace in Micronesia.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 120 volts used in Micronesia power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that hotels in Micronesia only have a single wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • 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 almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure gates are often sparse and the 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 perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good travel charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Micronesia might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, but these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our section on using travel appliances with a Micronesian power outlet for helpful advice on the best power adapter to use with a Micronesian power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Certain cell phones and tablets might pull more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices need additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones overnight using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Micronesia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Micronesia using type B 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 and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Micronesia.

Power converters for Micronesia

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Micronesia, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 120 volts from a Micronesian power outlet to work with a non-120 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Micronesia?

If travelling to Micronesia from a different region check that the device can be charged using a 120v supply.

  • If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to Micronesia from another country then check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Electrical devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts either take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the device is dual-voltage (you'll find these are 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 Micronesia from a higher 230 volt country you will need to use a much bulkier Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

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

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The easiest method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power plug or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts diffence) 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 100/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Micronesian 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 Micronesian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Micronesian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can be connected to the Micronesian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Micronesian 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 Micronesian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Micronesian 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 Micronesian 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/Federated_States_of_Micronesia - wikipedia web page about Micronesia.
  2. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B 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.