New Caledonia power adapters - what plugs are used in New Caledonia?

New Caledonian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting New Caledonia all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a New Caledonian power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device can use then read the section below about how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a New Caledonian power outlet then it can work in New Caledonia without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a New Caledonian power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for New Caledonia such a Type F plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for New Caledonia (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in New Caledonia, but can't change the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't use 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for New Caledonia to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for New Caledonia if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for New Caledonia.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your device in New Caledonia please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Differing frequencies and standards can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in New Caledonia. This page has links to useful instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you are in New Caledonia using the standard F or C type New Caledonian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You'll discover power adapters will change regionally therefore we recommend reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries. We also recommend referring to the New Caledonia Wikipedia page [1] for further information.

New Caledonia power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for New Caledonia?

If the shape of the New Caledonian power outlet is different to the power plug you are using then you will need a power adapter. If you are travelling from the US then bring a plug adapter for New Caledonia as US plugs won't physically fit into a New Caledonian power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for New Caledonia to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for New Caledonia?

The best power adapter for New Caledonia will be a Type F power adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for New Caledonia?

New Caledonia power outlets

What plug sockets are used in New Caledonia?

There are two types of power supply used in New Caledonia, these are type F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the wall supply by the 2 circular holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type F - This sunken circular power supply (also called a Schuko plug) can be identified by the two large adjacent holes where the twin pins go along with a pair of metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
What plug sockets are used in New Caledonia?

What is the voltage in New Caledonia?

The residential voltage used in New Caledonia is 220 volts.

Is the voltage in New Caledonia the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a New Caledonian power outlet is 220 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your US charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you should use a power converter for New Caledonia which allows a 120 volt US appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

Is a plug socket in New Caledonia the same as in the US?

An American plug won't fit in a New Caledonian power outlet therefore use a plug adapter for New Caledonia. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage you need to use a power converter for New Caledonia and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

What frequency is used in a New Caledonian power outlet?

The frequency from a New Caledonian power outlet is 50Hz.

New Caledonia 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 New Caledonia?

When you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than one device the best international travel charger for New Caledonia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. New Caledonians use two different types of power outlets (F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate power adapters for your trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for New Caledonia?

Why use a travel USB charger for New Caledonia?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only needing to pack a single USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple individual power chargers along.
  • Travel USB power chargers include interchangeable plug heads for various power outlet types. This is suitable if visiting different countries across Oceania which will probably use different standards to New Caledonia.
  • Good travel power chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to replace in New Caledonia.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 220 volts used in New Caledonia power outlets and different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in New Caledonia only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good travel charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in New Caledonia could prove inconvenient and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to allow you to use low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a New Caledonian power outlet for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage devices in a New Caledonian power outlet.
  • Some tablets and mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps 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 any of your devices need additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for New Caledonia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both New Caledonia 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting New Caledonia.
  • 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. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting New Caledonia.

Power converters for New Caledonia

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in New Caledonia, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] converts a 220 volt New Caledonian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for New Caledonia?

If travelling to New Caledonia from a different country ensure that your device can accept a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are traveling to New Caledonia from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a much bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

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

What voltage is my device?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if a device is dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the charger or on the device itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your appliance, it could also be written in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts diffence) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a New Caledonian 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 New Caledonian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a New Caledonian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that work with the New Caledonian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with the New Caledonian 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 New Caledonian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a New Caledonian 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 New Caledonian 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/New_Caledonia - New Caledonian country entry on wikipedia.
  2. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F 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/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
  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.