Papua New Guinea power adapters - what plugs are used in Papua New Guinea?

Papua New Guinea power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Papua New Guinea all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Papua New Guinea power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Papua New Guinea power outlet then it can work in Papua New Guinea without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Papua New Guinea power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Papua New Guinea such a Type I plug adapter [2]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Papua New Guinea (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Papua New Guinea, but doesn't convert the voltage from 240 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 240 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Papua New Guinea to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Papua New Guinea if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type I plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to recharge one or more USB devices such as tablets or cell phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type I plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Papua New Guinea.

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

Background

If you are planning a holiday to Papua New Guinea it is helpful to know if you'll be able to power all your important devices that you'll be bringing with you. By not knowing which wall socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore having to buy or borrow a suitable charger when you arrive. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on visiting another country especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Papua New Guinea. This page has links to simple instructions showing you which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when you are visiting Papua New Guinea using their 240 volt 50Hz I Type plug outlet. Power will change depending on which area you are travelling to therefore we suggest reading the power adapters for a complete list of countries. We suggest referring to the Papua New Guinea Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details.

Papua New Guinea power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for Papua New Guinea?

If the outlet in your home country isn't the same as the type of Papua New Guinea power outlet then you will need a power adapter. If you are travelling from America use a power adapter for Papua New Guinea as American plugs won't fit into a Papua New Guinea power outlet, and as the voltage is 240 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Papua New Guinea to prevent damage or overheating to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Papua New Guinea?

The best power adapter for Papua New Guinea is a Type I power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 240 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Papua New Guinea?

Papua New Guinea power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Papua New Guinea?

The type of plug socket used in Papua New Guinea is type I. The plug socket, technically known as a type I power outlet, can be recognised by the three thin slots forming a triangular shape with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and earth blades.

What kind of outlets are in Papua New Guinea?

What is the voltage in Papua New Guinea?

The standard residential voltage used in Papua New Guinea is 240 volts.

Is a Papua New Guinea power outlet the same as the US?

US plugs won't fit in a Papua New Guinea power outlet so use a power adapter for Papua New Guinea. 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 Papua New Guinea and check that it works with a 50hz power outlet.

What electrical frequency is used with a Papua New Guinea power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current found in a Papua New Guinea power outlet is 50Hz.

Is the voltage in Papua New Guinea the same as the US?

The voltage from a Papua New Guinea power outlet is 240 volts, whereas Americans use 120 volts. If your US charger or appliance isn't dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for a Papua New Guinea power outlet which can change the voltage from 240 volts to 120 volts.

Papua New Guinea 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.

Why use a travel USB charger for Papua New Guinea?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only packing a single USB wall charger rather than bringing numerous chargers.
  • Most travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types making them suitable when visiting other countries which will probably use different standards to Papua New Guinea.
  • Good chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to repair in Papua New Guinea.
  • USB chargers will accept the 240 volt power outlets in Papua New Guinea and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that hotel rooms in Papua New Guinea only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Papua New Guinea could prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in multiple low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, howeverthese will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances with a Papua New Guinea power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Papua New Guinea power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Some cell phones and tablets could require more than the normal 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices require additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB chargers can also be useful by charging multiple mobile phones every day using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Papua New Guinea?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Papua New Guinea 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 best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Papua New Guinea.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Papua New Guinea.

Power converters for Papua New Guinea

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [5] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Papua New Guinea, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [6] will convert the voltage of 240 volts from a Papua New Guinea power outlet to work with a non-240 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Papua New Guinea?

When you are visiting Papua New Guinea from a different country double check your device can be used with a 240v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [8] to avoid the device from overloading when powering up.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Papua New Guinea from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [7] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 240 volts.

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

What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my appliance?

The easiest method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug or on the unit itself, typically near to where the power cord plugs into. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also state in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices could 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 typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Papua New Guinea 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 Papua New Guinea power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Papua New Guinea power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to a Papua New Guinea power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can connect to a Papua New Guinea 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 Papua New Guinea power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Papua New Guinea 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 Papua New Guinea 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/Papua_New_Guinea - Wikipedia entry about Papua New Guinea.
  2. Type I plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type I 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. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.