Vanuatu power adapters - what plugs are used in Vanuatu?

Vanuatuan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Vanuatu?

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Vanuatu all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power with a Vanuatuan power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device uses then read the section about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If you are visiting Vanuatu from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into a Vanuatuan power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Vanuatu you will also need to bring a power converter for Vanuatu 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 Vanuatuan power outlet then it should work in Vanuatu without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Vanuatuan power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Vanuatu such a Type G plug adapter [3]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Vanuatu (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Vanuatu, but isn't designed 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 Vanuatu to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Vanuatu if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power one or more USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you choose one which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Vanuatu.

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 Vanuatu read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Differing combinations of standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country, especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, 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 electronics in Vanuatu. This page contains links to step by step instructions telling you exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're travelling to Vanuatu using their standard types G, C or I Vanuatuan 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Most power adapters will vary from region to region so please read our Wikiconnections world power adapters list where you'll find a complete list of regions and countries. We also recommend reading the Vanuatu Wikipedia page [1] for further details prior to the location.

Vanuatu power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Vanuatu?

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

What is the best power adapter for Vanuatu?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Vanuatu is a small and lightweight plastic adapter that allows a power plug from a foreign country to correctly fit into a power outlet in Vanuatu.

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

What does a power adapter for Vanuatu do?

A power adapter allows visitors from another location to use their electrical appliances in Vanuatu by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter for Vanuatu?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you are attempting to use.

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

American plugs won't fit into a Vanuatuan power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Vanuatu, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Vanuatu if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Vanuatuan power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Vanuatuan power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Vanuatu along with the correct adapter.

Vanuatu power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Vanuatu?

Type C, G and I power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Vanuatu?

There are three types of power supply used in Vanuatu, these are type G, C and I with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the plug socket by 2 holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into.
  • Plug Type G - The power outlet, also called a type G power outlet, can be recognised by the three vertical rectangular slots forming a triangular pattern.
  • Plug Type I - This wall outlet, also known as a type I power outlet, can be identified by 3 slots for the live, neutral and ground.

What is the voltage from a Vanuatuan power outlet?

The typical voltage from a Vanuatuan power outlet is 220 volts.

Do US plugs work in Vanuatu?

No; an American plug won't work in Vanuatu because it won't fit into a Vanuatuan power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is different therefore you will need to use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Vanuatu?

To use either a 110V or 120V appliance in a Vanuatuan power outlet you need a step down power converter.

What is the frequency used in Vanuatu?

The frequency from a Vanuatuan power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is an electrical outlet in Vanuatu the same as the US?

American plugs won't fit in a Vanuatuan power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Vanuatu. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage you will need to use a power converter for Vanuatu and ensure that it works with 50hz.

Is the voltage in Vanuatu the same as the US?

The voltage in Vanuatu is 220 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your US charger or appliance can't handle dual voltage then you need a suitable power converter for Vanuatu which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 220 volt outlet.

Vanuatu 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 Vanuatu?

If you are travelling with more than just one device then the best international travel charger for Vanuatu is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Ni-Vanuatu use three different types of plug sockets (types G, C and I) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power adapters. Only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your devices at the airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Vanuatu?

Why use a travel USB charger for Vanuatu?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 separate devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • Travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different regions. This is perfect when visiting other countries which are likely to use different power outlets to Vanuatu.
  • A good charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Vanuatu.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Vanuatu plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Vanuatu only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often in short supply and demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone in Vanuatu might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB chargers also feature power outlet strips to use multiple low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, but please these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our section on using travel appliances in Vanuatu for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage appliances in a Vanuatuan power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 mA supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by charging multiple cellphones and tablets every night using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Vanuatu?

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 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Vanuatu using 3 pinned 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 is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 Vanuatu.

Power converters for Vanuatu

What is a power converter for a Vanuatuan power outlet?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt Vanuatuan 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 Vanuatu?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Vanuatu, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [8] transforms a 220 volt Vanuatuan power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Vanuatu?

When you are visiting Vanuatu from a different region please ensure that the device can be charged using a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [9] is needed if you are travelling to Vanuatu from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device won't support 220 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • 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 is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used in a 220 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10].
  • Buying a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than carrying a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Vanuatu , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a power outlet in Vanuatu is different to an American outlet, therefore please bring a step down power converter [9] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Vanuatu?

You need a step down power converter [9] to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Vanuatu.

What voltage is used in Vanuatu?

Vanuatu uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets.

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 Vanuatuan 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 Vanuatu before plugging that into a Vanuatuan 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 Vanuatuan power outlet.
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.
What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my appliance?

The best way to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

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

What can I connect to a Vanuatuan power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Vanuatuan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Vanuatuan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Vanuatuan power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Vanuatuan power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Vanuatuan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Vanuatuan power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Vanuatu, 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/Vanuatu - Vanuatu country Wiki page.
  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