Solomon Islands power adapters - what plugs are used in Solomon Islands?

Solomon Islands power outlet

What adapter do I need for Solomon Islands?

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Solomon Islands all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Solomon Islands power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device can use then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • If you are from America and travelling to Solomon Islands you will need to bring a plug adapter for Solomon Islands to fit a US plug in a Solomon Islands power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Solomon Islands pack a power converter for Solomon Islands if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Solomon Islands power outlet then it can work in Solomon Islands.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Solomon Islands power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Solomon Islands such a Type G plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Solomon Islands (or power adapter) will only change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Solomon Islands, but but is unable to change the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Solomon Islands to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Solomon Islands if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to recharge your USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Solomon Islands.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in Solomon Islands check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Various combinations of standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Solomon Islands. This page contains links to simple instructions which shows which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when staying in Solomon Islands by using their G or I type Solomon Islands 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power changes depending on which region you are visiting so please read the power adapters page for a full list of countries. We recommend reading the Solomon Islands Wikipedia page [1] for more details prior to the location.

Solomon Islands power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Solomon Islands?

The best power adapter for Solomon Islands will be a Type G power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Solomon Islands?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that allow an electic socket in Solomon Islands to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [4].

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from another country to use electrical appliances in Solomon Islands simply by changing the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter in Solomon Islands?

If the power plug you are using is different to the shape of the Solomon Islands power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Solomon Islands from America?

American plugs won't physically fit in a Solomon Islands power outlet therefore you will need to bring a power adapter for Solomon Islands, and because the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Solomon Islands to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Solomon Islands power outlet?

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Solomon Islands power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device then you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter along with the correct type of power adapter.

Solomon Islands power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Solomon Islands?

Type I and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Solomon Islands?

There are two types of power supply used in Solomon Islands, these are type G and I with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type G - You can recognise the power outlet by three vertical rectangular slots containing shutters forming a triangular shape.
  • Plug Type I - You can identify this power socket by the 3 slots in a triangular shape with the top two slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and ground.

What voltage is used in a Solomon Islands power outlet?

The voltage from a Solomon Islands power outlet is 220 volts.

Do US plugs work in Solomon Islands?

No - an American plug won't work in Solomon Islands because it won't fit into a Solomon Islands power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is 220 volts so use a power converter for Solomon Islands if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device can work with a 50hz power outlet.

What is the frequency used with a Solomon Islands power outlet?

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

Are plug sockets in Solomon Islands the same as in the US?

A US plug won't fit in a Solomon Islands power outlet therefore use a power adapter for Solomon Islands. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Solomon Islands and check that it works with 50hz.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Solomon Islands?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110 volt appliance in a Solomon Islands power outlet.

Is the voltage in Solomon Islands the same as the US?

The voltage in Solomon Islands is 220 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. If your US appliance or charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for a Solomon Islands power outlet which can change the voltage from 220 volts to 120 volts.

Solomon Islands 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.

What USB charger do I need for Solomon Islands?

When you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Solomon Islands is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. There are two different types of plug sockets that Solomon Islanders use (G and I) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your Solomon Islands trip. Because you are only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Solomon Islands?

Why use a travel USB charger for Solomon Islands?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weightand size of your baggage by only bringing one USB wall charger rather than bringing several different USB power chargers.
  • Most travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting other countries across Oceania which are likely to use different standards to Solomon Islands.
  • Good USB travel chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair or replace in Solomon Islands.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 220 volt power outlets in Solomon Islands and other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that hotel bedrooms in Solomon Islands only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be scarce and demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Solomon Islands might prove difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB chargers also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, howeverthese will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the section on using travel appliances in Solomon Islands for useful advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Solomon Islands power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain mobile phones could require more than the standard 500 mA supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices need extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by charging multiple cell phones and tablets every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Solomon Islands?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Solomon Islands using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Solomon Islands.

Power converters for Solomon Islands

What is a power converter for Solomon Islands?

A power converter enables travellers to use their 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt Solomon Islands 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 for Solomon Islands?

A heavy and bulky power converter [8] will transform the voltage of 220 volts from a Solomon Islands power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Solomon Islands.

Do I need a power converter for Solomon Islands?

When you are travelling to Solomon Islands from another region please ensure your device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [9] if you are visiting Solomon Islands from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device is incompatible with 220 volts. See our WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which are designed to use a lower voltage such as 120 volts and then used in a 220 volt power outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10] to allow the appliance to be used with a 220 volt Solomon Islands power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to use a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a much heavier high wattage power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our guides on using clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers in Solomon Islands , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Solomon Islands if I'm from the US?

The 220 volts used in a wall outlet in Solomon Islands is different to a US supply so use a step down power converter [9] if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Solomon Islands?

If you want to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Solomon Islands you will need a step down power converter [9].

What voltage is used in Solomon Islands?

Solomon Islands uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets.

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

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 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [9] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Solomon Islands 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 Solomon Islands before plugging that into a Solomon Islands 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 220 volt Solomon Islands power outlet.
How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

The method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power adapter or on the unit itself, typically on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord sits. The location will depend on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box.

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

What can I connect to a Solomon Islands power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Solomon Islands power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Solomon Islands power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Solomon Islands power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Solomon Islands power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a Solomon Islands power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Solomon Islands power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Solomon Islands power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Solomon Islands, 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 [11].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon_Islands - Solomon Islands entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets