Tuvalu power adapters - what plugs are used in Tuvalu?

Tuvaluan power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Tuvalu will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power with a Tuvaluan power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Tuvaluan power outlet then it should work in Tuvalu.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Tuvaluan power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Tuvalu such a Type I plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Tuvalu (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Tuvalu, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Tuvalu to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Tuvalu if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type I plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power your USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type I plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Tuvalu.

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

Background

Complicated combinations of voltages and standards can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Tuvalu. This page has links to simple instructions telling you exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in Tuvalu using their standard 220 volt 50Hz Type I power supply. Power sockets change regionally therefore we recommend reading the power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries. We recommend reading the Tuvalu Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information on travelling to the location.

Tuvalu power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Tuvalu?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use. If you are travelling from the US then use a plug adapter for Tuvalu as American plugs won't physically fit in a Tuvaluan power outlet, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for Tuvalu to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Tuvalu?

The best power adapter for Tuvalu will be a Type I power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Tuvalu?

Tuvalu power outlets

What type of power outlets are in Tuvalu?

The type of power socket used in Tuvalu is type I. You can recognise this wall socket by the 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth blades.

What type of power outlets are in Tuvalu?

What is the voltage in Tuvalu?

The voltage used in Tuvalu is 220 volts.

What frequency is used in Tuvalu?

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

Are outlets in Tuvalu the same as US?

US plugs won't fit in a Tuvaluan power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Tuvalu. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Tuvalu and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

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

The voltage which comes from a Tuvaluan power outlet is 220 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Tuvaluan power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 220 volt outlet.

Tuvalu 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 Tuvalu?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices, thereby reducing the weight of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for different regions thereby making them perfect if visiting different countries across Oceania which will probably use different power outlets to Tuvalu.
  • A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Tuvalu.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Tuvalu along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that hotel rooms in Tuvalu might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports are often in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Tuvalu might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also include power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information read our guide on using travel appliances with a Tuvaluan power outlet for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Tuvaluan power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices require extra power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Tuvalu?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Tuvalu and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Tuvalu.
  • 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 and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Tuvalu.

Power converters for Tuvalu

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [6] converts a 220 volt Tuvaluan power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [5] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Tuvalu.

Do I need a voltage converter for Tuvalu?

If you are visiting Tuvalu from a different region please make sure 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) make sure the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [8] to stop the device from overloading during charging.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Tuvalu from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [7] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

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

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but could also be written on the box.

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

Travel appliances which can connect to a Tuvaluan 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 Tuvaluan power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Tuvaluan power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Tuvaluan power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Tuvaluan 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 Tuvaluan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Tuvaluan 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 Tuvaluan 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/Tuvalu - wikipedia.org entry about Tuvalu.
  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.