American Samoa power adapters - what plugs are used in American Samoa?

American Samoan power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting American Samoa all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in an American Samoan power outlet. If you're unsure of which voltage your device uses then read the section on how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in an American Samoan power outlet then you can use it in American Samoa.
  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in an American Samoan power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for American Samoa such a Type I plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for American Samoa (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in American Samoa, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 120 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 120 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for American Samoa to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for American Samoa if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type I plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to recharge one or more USB devices such as a cell phone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you choose to bring one which includes a Type I plug adapter otherwise you will also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for American Samoa.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 120 volts used in American Samoa you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in American Samoa please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

When planning a trip to American Samoa it's helpful to know if you'll be able to use all your common devices that you'll be bringing with you. By not knowing which wall socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you having to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you're there. Different combinations of voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in American Samoa. This page has links to instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're visiting American Samoa using their I, A, B or F type 120 volt 60Hz power outlets, Type I power outlets are used by most American Samoans. Power adapters will change depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore we suggest that you read our Wiki Connections global power adapters list where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different countries. We also recommend reading the American Samoa Wikipedia page [1] for further information on visiting the area.

American Samoa power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in American Samoa?

If the outlet in your home country isn't the same as the type of American Samoan power outlet then you will need a power adapter. An American Type A or B outlet might not readily be available in American Samoa so it is recommended to bring a suitable power adapter for American Samoa.

What is the best power adapter for American Samoa?

The best power adapter for American Samoa will be a Type I plug adapter [2] which allows you to use any 120 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for American Samoa?

American Samoa power outlets

What kind of outlets are in American Samoa?

There are four different types of power supply used in American Samoa, these are type I, A, B and F with the primary power supply being type I:

  • Plug Type A - The plug socket, technically known as a type A power outlet, is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type B - The plug socket, technically known as a type B power outlet, is recognised by the two slots where the twin blades slide into with a hole below for the ground pin.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify this wall supply by two adjacent holes and grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  • Plug Type I - This power supply (also called a type I power outlet) can be identified by three thin slots forming a triangular shape with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and earth blades.
What kind of outlets are in American Samoa?

What is the voltage in American Samoa?

The standard residential voltage used in American Samoa is 120 volts.

Is an American Samoan power outlet the same as the US?

Although an American Type A or B outlet might be available in American Samoa it is recommended to bring a suitable power adapter for American Samoa, however both the voltage range and frequency are the same as in America.

Is the voltage in American Samoa the same as in the US?

The voltage in American Samoa is exactly the same as in the US.

What electrical frequency is used with an American Samoan power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current found in an American Samoan power outlet is 60Hz.

American Samoa 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 American Samoa?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for American Samoa is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. American Samoans use four different types of plug sockets (I, A, B and F) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included plugs. If your device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to American Samoa or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your devices at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones and using only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying a multipurpose power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

What USB charger do I need for American Samoa?

Why use a travel USB charger for American Samoa?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only packing a single USB wall charger rather than bringing numerous chargers.
  • Most travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types making them suitable when visiting other countries which will probably use different standards to American Samoa.
  • Good chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to repair in American Samoa.
  • USB chargers will accept the 120 volt power outlets in American Samoa and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that hotel rooms in American Samoa only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in American Samoa could prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in multiple low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, howeverthese will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances with an American Samoan power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for an American Samoan power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Some cell phones and tablets could require more than the normal 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices require additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB chargers can also be useful by charging multiple mobile phones every day using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for American Samoa?

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 three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both American Samoa and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting American Samoa.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for 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 most travellers from around the world visiting American Samoa.

Power converters for American Samoa

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in American Samoa, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] will convert the voltage of 120 volts from an American Samoan power outlet to work with a non-120 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for American Samoa?

When you are travelling to American Samoa from a different region make sure that your device can accept a 120v supply.

  • If your device doesn't power up or recharges slowly when visiting American Samoa from another region please check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Normally devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts either take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the device is dual voltage (usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to ensure safe and proper use when powering devices.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are visiting American Samoa from a higher 230 volt country you will need to use a much larger Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

Read 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 easiest method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug or on the unit itself, typically near to where the power cord plugs into. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also state in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (20 volts diffence) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to an American Samoan 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 an American Samoan power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an American Samoan power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to an American Samoan power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can connect to an American Samoan 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 an American Samoan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an American Samoan 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 an American Samoan 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/American_Samoa - Wikipedia entry about American Samoa.
  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. 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/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451325551&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=HWUDRS5BKFQ75ACA - Step Up 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.