Tonga power adapters - what plugs are used in Tonga?

Tongan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Tonga?

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Tonga all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Tongan 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 you are from America travelling to Tonga you will need to use a plug adapter to fit a US plug into a Tongan power outlet. As the voltage is different in Tonga bring a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Tongan power outlet then it will work in Tonga.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Tongan power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Tonga such a Type I plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Tonga (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Tonga, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 240 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Tonga to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Tonga if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type I 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 make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type I plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Tonga.

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

Background

Varying different standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Tonga. This page contains links to instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're travelling to Tonga by using their standard 240 volt 50Hz Type I wall outlet. You will discover that power adapters are different from region to region therefore please read our WikiConnections travel power adapters page for a complete list of charging devices in different regions and countries. We recommend referring to the Tonga Wikipedia page [1] for more details prior to visiting the location.

Tonga power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Tonga?

The best power adapter for Tonga is a Type I plug adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 240 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Tonga?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a small and cheap plastic adapter which allows an electic outlet in Tonga to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

What does a power adapter for a Tongan power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different country to use their electronic and electrical appliances and devices in Tonga by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Do I need a power adapter for Tonga?

If the type of Tongan power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for Tonga if I'm from America?

If you are travelling from America then bring a power adapter for Tonga because an American plug won't fit in a Tongan power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Tonga if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage which prevents overheating or damage.

Does a power adapter change the voltage in Tonga?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Tongan power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance then you also need to bring a step down power converter for Tonga.

Tonga power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Tonga?

The type of power socket used in Tonga is type I. This plug outlet (known as a type I power outlet) can be recognised by the 3 thin slots in an upside-down triangular configuration with the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and ground blades.

What plug sockets are used in Tonga?

What voltage is used in a Tongan power outlet?

The common residential voltage from a Tongan power outlet is 240 volts.

Do US plugs work in Tonga?

No - an American plug won't work in Tonga because it doesn't fit into a Tongan power outlet without the use of a power adapter. Also, the voltage is different so please use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance can work with a 50hz power outlet.

What electrical frequency is used in a Tongan power outlet?

The frequency in a Tongan power outlet is 50Hz.

Are plug sockets in Tonga the same as US?

An American plug won't fit in a Tongan power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Tonga. 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 Tonga and check that it works with 50hz.

Is the voltage in Tonga the same as in the US?

The voltage from a Tongan power outlet is 240 volts, but 120 volts is used in the US. If your US power charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Tongan power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work in a 220-240 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Tonga?

Use a step down power converter if you wish to use a 110 volt appliance in Tonga.

Tonga 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.

Why use a travel USB charger for Tonga?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which will probably use different outlets to Tonga.
  • A good USB power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Tonga.
  • USB chargers can accept the 240 volt power outlets in Tonga along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that accommodation or hotel rooms in Tonga only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with all your devices rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often sparse and 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 charge quickly 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 Tonga might prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also feature a power outlet strip to use multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our guide on using travel appliances in Tonga for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter for a Tongan power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain cellphones and tablets could pull more than the usual 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • On returning home travel USB chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Tonga?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 Tonga using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Tonga.

Power converters for Tonga

What is a power converter for Tonga?

Power converters allow travellers to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical device with a 240 volt Tongan 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 power adapter for Tonga?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Tonga, however a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] will convert a 240 volt Tongan power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Tonga?

If you are visiting Tonga from another country check that the device can be used with a 240 volt power supply.

  • You need a step down power converter [8] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 240 volts. Read the list of world power outlets guide to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a 240 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed for a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and then used with 240 volts run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you are attempting to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or mobile phone as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [9].
  • It could be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a heavier high wattage power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read these comprehensive guides on how to use curling irons, clothes irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners in Tongan power outlets , along with guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Tonga from America?

The 240 volts from a plug outlet in Tonga is different to a US outlet, therefore bring a step down power converter if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Tonga?

You need to use a step down power converter [8] to use any 100-120 volt appliance in a 240 volt Tongan power outlet.

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

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power 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 240 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [8] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 240 volt Tongan 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 Tonga before plugging that into a Tongan 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 240 volt Tongan power outlet.

What voltage does Tonga use?

Tonga uses 240 volts in their standard power outlets.

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

The easiest way to see if your device is single voltage or dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the power adapter, or on the device itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your unit and should also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

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

What can I connect to a Tongan power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Tongan power outlet

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Mobile phones which can be connected to the Tongan power outlet

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Tongan power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Tonga, 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 [10].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonga - Tonga Wikipedia page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type I plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type I 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. 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 converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets