Tuvalu power adapters - what plugs are used in Tuvalu?

Tuvaluan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Tuvalu?

Use a Type I plug adapter [3] for Tuvalu if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit in a Tuvaluan power outlet.

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 in 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 first.

  • Expect limited access to power in certain areas of Tuvalu, it is advised to bring a portable charger [4] if you need to keep your mobile phone charged whilst in a region with no power.
  • If you're planning on visiting Tuvalu from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Tuvaluan power outlet. As the voltage is different in Tuvalu you also need to pack a power converter for Tuvalu if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and your 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 [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Tuvalu (or power adapter) will change 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 you will also need a power converter for Tuvalu to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on 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 need to recharge your USB devices such as a tablet or cell phone then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring one 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 please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Tuvalu power adapters

Power adapters for Tuvalu

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.

What is the best power adapter for Tuvalu?

The best power adapter for Tuvalu is a Type I plug adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Tuvalu?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a wall outlet in Tuvalu to accept a power plug from an appliance from a different region.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Tuvalu allows visitors travelling from another country to use electronic appliances in Tuvalu by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Do I need a power adapter in Tuvalu?

If the power plug that you are using isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Tuvalu then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter for Tuvalu if I'm from the US?

If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Tuvalu as an American plug won't physically fit into a Tuvaluan power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Tuvalu if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Tuvalu?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Tuvaluan power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance then you will also need a step down power converter for Tuvalu.

Tuvalu power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Tuvalu?

Type I power outlet

What plug sockets are used in Tuvalu?

Type I power sockets are used in Tuvalu. This power socket (technically known as a type I power outlet) can be identified by the three slots in a triangular configuration with a single vertical pin at the base and the top pair of slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and ground.

Do US plugs work in Tuvalu?

No - an American plug won't work in Tuvalu because it doesn't fit in a Tuvaluan power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 220 volts so you will need to use a power converter for Tuvalu if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

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.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Tuvalu?

To use a 110 volt appliance in Tuvalu you will need a step down power converter.

How reliable is the power grid in Tuvalu?

Whilst stable electrical power can't be guaranteed, the power grid in Tuvalu is classed as reliable with no pattern of recurrent power blackouts.

Are power outlets available in Tuvalu?

In Tuvalu almost 5% of the population of the country doesn't have access to electricity.

Should I use a power bank in Tuvalu?

A power bank

Should I use a power bank in Tuvalu?

Because not everyone in Tuvalu has access to power visitors should check ahead that their accomodation can guarantee a dependable power supply, or bring a second charging solution if they want to recharge devices such as cellphones.

  • During a trip to Tuvalu increased use of smart phones for taking pictures, storing calendars, social networks, GPS and streaming videos can syphon off power more excessively than normal. A flat cell phone battery could possibly leave you in an unknown location without enough power to make emergency calls or being able to use a GPS app to return to your accommodation.
  • Using a portable charger [4] in Tuvalu alleviates those concerns as it allows you to keep your cell phone powered on the move, especially when travelling to a country with limited access to power in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank [4] will supply enough energy to cover over three full charges whilst a 20,000mAh power bank [9] should keep a typical smart phone charged for almost 7 days depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • If you need to charge your laptop in Tuvalu and it it supports USB-C charging then look for a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20 Wh or more.
  • Before travelling be aware that some airlines prohibit batteries on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Normal consumer power banks won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] can be used for travelling to areas with limited access to electricity like Tuvalu.
How well do solar powered chargers work in Tuvalu?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

How well do solar powered chargers work in Tuvalu?

The sunshine in Tuvalu should be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [12] reliability, but will need to be exposed to strong sunshine to provide adequate power for a single charge cycle. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • The bigger durable panels used on a solar backpack [11] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, making them ideal for the weather in Tuvalu.
  • A phone that has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Tuvalu, but this might be inconvenient to have a phone continuously connected in the bag during the day if it is to be used constantly. Unlike a small solar power bank which needs to be unpacked and facing the sunlight, a solar bag is usually exposed to sunlight therefore will be topping up a regular power bank [4] during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in Tuvalu is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags are designed to endure bending and scratches, unlike normal firm solar cells. Solar bags come in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles which makes them perfect for work, travel and domestic use.

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Tuvalu 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 Tuvalu?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Oceania which are likely to use different outlets to Tuvalu.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing 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 other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Tuvalu might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge 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 almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Tuvalu could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to use multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Tuvaluan power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Tuvaluan power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cellphones could require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones on an overnight 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 does a power converter for a Tuvaluan power outlet do?

Power converters for Tuvalu allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Tuvaluan 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?

A heavy and bulky power converter [14] will transform a 220 volt Tuvaluan power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, but a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Tuvalu.

Do I need a power converter for Tuvalu?

When travelling to Tuvalu from another region check that the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [15] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 220 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 220 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 220 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16] which allows it to be used with a 220 volt Tuvaluan power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Tuvalu in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hairdryers with Tuvaluan power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Tuvalu from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Tuvalu is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore please use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Tuvalu?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Tuvalu you will need to buy a step down power converter [15].

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

Voltage converter

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

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.

What voltage is used in Tuvalu?

Tuvalu uses 220 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [15] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Tuvaluan 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 Tuvalu before plugging that into a Tuvaluan 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 Tuvaluan power outlet.
How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Single voltage hair straighteners

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 difference) 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.

What can I connect to a Tuvaluan power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Tuvaluan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Tuvaluan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Tuvaluan power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Tuvaluan power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Tuvaluan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Tuvaluan power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Tuvaluan power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Tuvalu, 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 [17].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuvalu - wikipedia.org entry about Tuvalu.
  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. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  8. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  9. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  10. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  11. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  12. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  13. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets