Palau power adapters - what plugs are used in Palau?

Palauan power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Palau all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Palauan power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device uses then please read the section about how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Palauan power outlet then it should work in Palau without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Palauan power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Palau such a Type B plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Palau (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Palau, but doesn't change the voltage from 120 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 120 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Palau to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Palau if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you want to power USB devices such as a cellphone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Palau.

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

Background

Varying different standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Palau. This page has links to simple instructions showing you how to supply power to your devices when travelling to Palau using the standard B or A type Palauan 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. You will find that power adapters will vary depending on which country you're in so please read the Wikiconnections world power adapters guide where you'll find a complete list showing destinations. We suggest reading the Palau Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information.

Palau power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Palau?

This will depend on the shape of plug you are attempting to use in Palau and the location you are travelling from. An American plug does not require an adapter because it already fits into a Palauan power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for Palau?

The best power adapter for Palau will be 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 Palau?

Palau power outlets

What plugs are used in Palau?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can identify the wall socket by the two slots adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type B - This power socket (known as a type B power outlet) can be recognised by 2 thin slots for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the earth pin.
What plugs are used in Palau?

What voltage is used in Palau?

The common residential voltage in Palau is 120 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in a Palauan power outlet?

The frequency from a Palauan power outlet is 60Hz.

Is the voltage in Palau the same as the US?

The voltage in Palau is the same as the US.

Are plug sockets in Palau the same as US?

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

Palau 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 Palau?

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than one device then the best travel adapter for Palau is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two standards of plug sockets in Palau (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your device supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers and compatibility with certain power hungry devices. This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Palauan trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Palau we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature online; the travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Palau?

Why use a travel USB charger for Palau?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to Palau.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Palau.
  • USB chargers can accept the 120 volts used in Palau power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Palau might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Palau could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please see the section on using travel appliances with a Palauan power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Palauan power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Palau?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Palau and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Palau.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Palau.

Power converters for Palau

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [7] converts the voltage of 120 volts from a Palauan power outlet to work with a non-120 volt appliance, however a cheaper and smaller power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Palau.

Do I need a voltage converter for Palau?

When travelling to Palau from a different country please check that your device can accept a 120v supply.

  • If your device charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Palau from another country please check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check the device is a dual voltage device (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to ensure safe and proper use when powering devices.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Palau from a higher 230 volt country you will need to use a larger Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

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

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

One method to see if your appliance is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location will depend on the make or model of your device but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Palauan 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 Palauan power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Palauan power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Palauan power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with a Palauan 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 work with a Palauan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Palauan 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 Palauan 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/Palau - Palau Wikipedia page.
  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.