Vanuatu power adapters - what plugs are used in Vanuatu?

Vanuatuan power outlet

Summary

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 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 [2]. 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

Do I need a power adapter in Vanuatu?

If the outlet in your home country is different to the shape of the plug outlet in Vanuatu then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't fit into a Vanuatuan power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Vanuatu, and as the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Vanuatu if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Vanuatu?

The best power adapter for Vanuatu is a Type G power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Vanuatu?

Vanuatu power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Vanuatu?

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

  • Plug Type C - This power socket, technically known as the type C socket or Europlug, is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise the plug socket by the 3 holes with plastic shutters forming a triangle configuration.
  • Plug Type I - You can recognise the power supply by 3 thin slots forming a triangular shape with the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth blades.
What kind of outlets are in Vanuatu?

What is the voltage in Vanuatu?

The normal voltage in Vanuatu is 220 volts.

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 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.

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 [5]. 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 [5] 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 the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for Vanuatu?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for Vanuatu?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [6] (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 [7] transforms a 220 volt Vanuatuan power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for Vanuatu?

If travelling to Vanuatu from another region check your device can accept a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to avoid the device from being damaged during charging.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Vanuatu from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

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.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Vanuatuan 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 Vanuatuan power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Vanuatuan power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Vanuatuan power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Vanuatuan 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 can connect to a Vanuatuan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Vanuatuan 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 Vanuatuan 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/Vanuatu - Vanuatu country Wiki page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  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 transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  8. 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
  9. 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.