Indonesia power adapters - what plugs are used in Indonesia?

Indonesian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Indonesia?

Bring a Type G plug adapter [3] to Indonesia if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit in an Indonesian power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Indonesia all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in an Indonesian power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device can use then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • If you are visiting Indonesia from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into an Indonesian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Indonesia you will also need to bring a power converter for Indonesia if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in an Indonesian power outlet then you can use it in Indonesia.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in an Indonesian power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Indonesia such a Type G plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Indonesia (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Indonesia, but can't change the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Indonesia to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Indonesia if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you only want to recharge one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Indonesia.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 220 volts used in Indonesia you run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your device in Indonesia please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Indonesia power adapters

Power adapters for Indonesia

If organizing a vacation to Indonesia it's helpful to know in advance if you can charge your essential devices such as cell phones and laptops that you are bringing along with you. However without knowing which plug socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive that might be incompatible. Complicated combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to stay in another country, especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it 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 Indonesia. This page contains links to step by step instructions telling you exactly how to supply power to your devices when you're travelling to Indonesia using their standard types G, C or F Indonesian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Indonesians normally use the Type G plug outlets. Most power sockets vary depending on which region you are in therefore please read the power adapters for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Indonesia?

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

What is the best power adapter for Indonesia?

What is a power adapter?

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

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

Do I need a plug adapter for Indonesia?

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 Indonesia if I'm visiting from the US?

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

What does a power adapter for Indonesia do?

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

Does a power adapter change the voltage from an Indonesian power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Indonesian 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 Indonesia along with the correct adapter.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Indonesia?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Indonesia?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Indonesia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Indonesia?

Type C, F and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Indonesia?

There are three types of power outlets used in Indonesia, types G, C and F with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket, technically called a type C socket or Europlug, is identified by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise this wall outlet by two large circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug socket pins go and thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type G - The wall outlet, also called a type G power outlet, looks like three vertical slots containing shutters forming a triangular pattern.

Do US plugs work in Indonesia?

No - a US plug won't work in Indonesia because it doesn't fit in an Indonesian power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. The voltage is 220 volts so use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device will work with a 50hz power outlet.

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

American plugs won't fit in an Indonesian power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Indonesia. 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 Indonesia and ensure that it works with 50hz.

What is the frequency used in Indonesia?

The frequency from an Indonesian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is the voltage in Indonesia the same as the US?

The voltage in Indonesia 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 Indonesia which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 220 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Indonesia?

Use a step down power converter should you wish to use a 110 volt appliance in an Indonesian power outlet.

Indonesia 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 Indonesia?

When travelling to multiple countries or bringing along more than just one device the best travel adapter for Indonesia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. There are three types of plug sockets in Indonesia (types G, C and F) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs. If your model of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers plus additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to different continents we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

What USB charger do I need for Indonesia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Indonesia?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting other countries which will probably use a different standard to Indonesia.
  • Good chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in Indonesia.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Indonesia power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotels in Indonesia 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 instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Due to their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Indonesia might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances in Indonesia for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in an Indonesian power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could require more than the normal 500 mA produced from a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices need extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Indonesia?

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 Indonesia 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 Indonesia.

Power converters for Indonesia

What is a power converter for an Indonesian power outlet?

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [7] converts a 220 volt Indonesian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Indonesia.

Do I need a power converter for Indonesia?

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

  • A step down power converter [8] is needed if you are travelling to Indonesia 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 [9].
  • 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 Indonesia , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a power outlet in Indonesia is different to an American outlet, therefore please bring a step down power converter [8] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Indonesia?

To use any 100-120 volt appliance in Indonesia you will need to buy a step down power converter [8].

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.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [8] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 220 volt Indonesian 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 Indonesia before plugging that into an Indonesian 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 an 220 volt Indonesian power outlet.

What voltage is used in Indonesia?

Indonesia uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets.

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.

What can I connect to an Indonesian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to an Indonesian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Indonesian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Indonesian power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Indonesian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Indonesian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Indonesian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Indonesian power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Indonesian power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Indonesia, 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 [10].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia - Indonesia 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. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets