French Polynesia power adapters - what plugs are used in French Polynesia?

French Polynesian power outlet

What adapter do I need for French Polynesia?

You'll need to bring a Type E plug adapter [3] to French Polynesia if your plug won't fit into a French Polynesian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting French Polynesia all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a French Polynesian power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then read the section below about how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If you're travelling to French Polynesia from the US we recommend bringing a plug adapter for French Polynesia as US Type A or B outlets might not typically be found.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a French Polynesian power outlet then you can use it in French Polynesia without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a French Polynesian power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for French Polynesia such a Type E plug adapter [3]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for French Polynesia (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in French Polynesia, but can't change the voltage from 110 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 110 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for French Polynesia to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for French Polynesia if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to recharge your USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it will work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type E plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for French Polynesia.
  • Excessive use of a cellphone during a trip could leave you with a flat battery quickly therefore you should pack a power bank [4] if you need to recharge your phone battery or other USB powered devices whilst travelling to an unknown location.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 110 volts used in French Polynesia you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in French Polynesia read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

French Polynesia power adapters

Power adapters for French Polynesia

Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in French Polynesia. This page contains links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when visiting French Polynesia by using the E, A or B type 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets. Most power adapters vary regionally therefore please read the Wiki Connections global power adapters guide for a full list showing powering devices in different destinations.

What is the best power adapter for French Polynesia?

The best power adapter for French Polynesia is a Type E plug adapter [3] which allows you to use any 110 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for French Polynesia?

What is a power adapter for a French Polynesian power outlet?

A power adapter for French Polynesia is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits an electrical socket in French Polynesia to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [5].

Do I need a plug adapter in French Polynesia?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in French Polynesia.

Do I need a power adapter for French Polynesia if I'm from the US?

US Type A or B outlets might not readily be available in French Polynesia so it is recommended to use a suitable plug adapter for French Polynesia.

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in French Polynesia?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use a 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance then you will also need a more expensive step up power converter for French Polynesia along with the correct power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from a different country to use electrical appliances and devices in French Polynesia simply by adapting the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Electrical adapters for French Polynesia

Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is able to power many electronic devices at once from only one French Polynesian power outlet, costing under $40 USD (under £40 GBP / under C$45).
  • Some models will convert voltage for lower wattage devices such as laptops or cameras. So therefore if your device isn't dual voltage it will still work in French Polynesia by using only a travel power strip. This will make them a cheaper lightweight substitute for a power converter.
  • Most models also feature a number of USB charge ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain areas could fluctuate, a power surge might damage your devices. There are some models which have a built in surge protector which will prevent any electronics from being overloaded.
  • When you return home the power strip could still work as a power strip and USB charger.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in French Polynesia. (Note: UK power strips include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you will need to use it with an additional plug adapter.)

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a normal voltage converter, the voltage converter on a travel power strip won't work with high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or clothes irons.
  • Due to their weight power strips might be unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be considered excessive if you only have a small number of devices that need charging.
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type E plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Straightforward design makes it simple to use.
  • Cheap, with prices under $10 USD (under £2 GBP / under C$15).
  • Small and lightweight.
  • Using a Type E plug adapter [3] will work in French Polynesia.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Accomodation may only have a single power outlet, so you'll only be capable of charging one device at a time.
  • Should you intend to travel to more than just French Polynesia you might need to pack multiple plug adapter types for other countries.
  • One plug adapter per appliance - for each separate device or appliance you will also need to pack a separate power plug adapter.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type E French Polynesian power outlet but doesn't change the voltage. If your appliance doesn't work with a 110 volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage you'll also need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • If you need to charge a USB device then you also still need to pack a USB charger.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A travel USB wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal in situations when you only want to charge devices which are USB powered.
  • You only need to bring one charger instead of carrying lots of domestic USB power chargers which costs on average under $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  • Chargers come with swappable heads making them versatile in a large number of different locations. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are usually small and lightweight making them easy to store.
  • Models should have a surge protector built in, this will protect your device from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • When you return home it could still be of use.
  • The swappable plugs will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in French Polynesia.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB ports so you will be unable to power any electrical appliances, only USB ones.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

All in one universal power adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Useful when visiting to multiple countries. Most models operate in over 150 different countries.
  • An all in one design. Both small and lightweight for between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  • There are some universal travel power adapters which include multiple USB charging ports.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some models include a surge protector built in to protect any device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The retractable pins don't get caught against other items when packed in your baggage.
  • When you return home it should still be of use as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will fit in a French Polynesian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Cannot be used with a high powered electrical appliance - for example clothes irons, kettles or curling irons.
  • The shutters, pins and moving parts could be fragile on some models which might make them likely to jam whilst abroad.
  • Will only charge one plug.
  • Might not work in some countries, models might not work in certain countries with less popular outlet types.
  • Universal travel power adapters lack a built in voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for electrical appliances which don't support 110 volts in French Polynesia.
Plug Adapter Sets

Cost effective plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25) a power adapter set will typically work out cheaper than buying multiple plug adapters for multiple locations costing over $15 USD (over £5 GBP / almost C$10) each.
  • Covers all countries.
  • For travellers visiting multiple locations a power plug adapter set is the most flexible option.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so will work in French Polynesia.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; prior to any trip you'll have to choose which adapters to pack, or alternatively bring each plug adapter type.
  • Lots individual plug adapters to pack.
  • With just a single functioning plug adapter the remaining power adapters will be redundant using up space.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included (and especially rarer adapters), so ensure that your plug adapter set has one that works with a French Polynesian power outlet.
  • These plug adapters only alter the actual shape of the plug but not the voltage.
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters have surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • Only changes the 110 volts from a French Polynesian power outlet and won't change the shape of the plug to fit in a French Polynesian power outlet, so you will still be required to bring a suitable plug adapter for French Polynesia.
  • Expensive - between $110 to $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  • The size of most models makes them way too bulky and heavy for carry-on baggage.
  • Redundant after your trip to French Polynesia.
  • Usually cheaper and more practical to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase a more expensive power converter simply in order to bring your existing appliance in French Polynesia.

Comparison of electrical adapters for French Polynesia

Type E Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in French Polynesia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included E A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 35+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type E French Polynesian power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type E plug adapter required to fit in a French Polynesian power outlet Yes
Useful when you return home Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 110 volt AC appliance in French Polynesia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under $10 USD (under £2 GBP / under C$15) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20) between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$40-C$45) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / over C$60)
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French Polynesia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in French Polynesia?

Type A, B and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in French Polynesia?

There are three types of power outlets used in French Polynesia, these are type E, A and B with the primary power supply being type E:

  • Plug Type A - The wall outlet (technically known as the type A power outlet) can be identified by the two thin adjacent slots.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify the plug socket by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the short twin blades sit with a single hole below for the slightly longer ground pin.
  • Plug Type E - This sunken circular plug outlet (known as the type E power outlet or CEE 7/7 socket) can be recognised by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes plus a single long metal earth pin protruding the top forming a triangle configuration.

Do US plugs work in French Polynesia?

Maybe with certain power outlets which are available in French Polynesia; but we recommend bringing all types of power adapters for French Polynesia as US Type A or Type B power outlets might not commonly be found.

Is an outlet in French Polynesia the same as in the US?

Although a US Type A or Type B outlet might possibly be found in French Polynesia it is still recommended to bring a suitable power adapter for French Polynesia, however both the voltage range and frequency are the identical to the US.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in French Polynesia?

A step up power converter will allow you to use a 220V appliance in French Polynesia.

Is the voltage in French Polynesia the same as the US?

The voltage in French Polynesia is 110 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. Although these are very similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your American charger or appliance can support voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

What is the frequency used in a French Polynesian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a French Polynesian power outlet is 60Hz.

Should I pack a portable charger for French Polynesia?

It is always advised to pack a portable charger to recharge their cell phone when on a trip.

  • Whilst travelling increased reliance on cell phones for taking pictures, storing itineraries, social network sharing, getting directions and web browsing can syphon off power more excessively than normal. As well as the simple missing photograph opportunities this could potentially leave you without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to return back to your accommodation. Bringing along a portable charger [4] to French Polynesia lowers the risk as it allows you to keep your smart phone charged without using a wall charger.
  • A typical 10,000mAh portable charger [4] can store enough power to power over 3 full charges whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger [14] should keep an average mobile phone powered for up to seven days depending on the model of phone and usage. A mAh rating shows the capacity of a battery and gives an indication of how many charges the power bank can achieve.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop and it uses a USB-C charging port then pack a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • However be aware that some airlines won't let you take batteries on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must be kept in hand luggage only.
  • Average consumer power banks aren't powerful enough for high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] are available for travelling.
Should I pack a portable charger for French Polynesia?
Do solar chargers work in French Polynesia?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Do solar chargers work in French Polynesia?

The sunshine in French Polynesia should be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank [17] dependably, however it needs to be left in strong sunshine in order to provide suitable power for a single charge. This could prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The larger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack [16] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the climate in French Polynesia.
  • Phones that have been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the battery during sunny spells in French Polynesia, however might be inconvenient to have a phone continually connected to the bag should it be needed constantly. A solar powered bag is usually exposed to daylight therefore can be powering up a power bank during the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank that requires unpacking and facing sunlight.
  • Although the climate in French Polynesia is suitable, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags have been designed to survive scratches and bending, unlike normal firm solar cells. Solar bags are available in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles making them perfect for travel, work and domestic use.

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French Polynesia 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 French Polynesia?

If travelling with more than one device or visiting multiple countries the best travel adapter for French Polynesia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. There are three different standards of power outlets that French Polynesians use (types E, A and B) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single international travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage and suitable for recharging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to different continents we recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this online, the power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for French Polynesia?

Why use a travel USB charger for French Polynesia?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only bringing one USB wall charger instead of bringing several different USB power chargers.
  • Travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries across Oceania which are likely to use a different standard to French Polynesia.
  • A good USB power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in French Polynesia.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 110 volts used in French Polynesia power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel rooms or accommodation in French Polynesia might only have one power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with all your devices instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in French Polynesia might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Higher priced USB chargers should also include a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please see our guide on using travel appliances with a French Polynesian power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a French Polynesian power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Some tablets and mobile phones could require more than the usual 500 mA produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be useful by charging multiple cell phones and tablets every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for French Polynesia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, however for those 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 crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting French Polynesia using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting French Polynesia.

Power converters for French Polynesia

What is a power converter for a French Polynesian power outlet?

A power converter enables travellers to use their 220-240 volt electrical appliance with a 110 volt French Polynesian 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 for French Polynesia?

An expensive and bulky power converter [18] will convert a 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet to work with a non-110 volt appliance, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet in French Polynesia.

Do I need a power converter for French Polynesia?

When visiting French Polynesia from another country please check that your device can be used with a 110 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [10] if you are visiting French Polynesia from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance or device is incompatible with 110 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a 110 volt device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage such as 230 volts and used in a 110 volt outlet may take longer to charge or simply won't power up. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting French Polynesia from a different region then check that it will work with a 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet or you will need to bring a step up power converter [10].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair dryers or curling irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [19] which allows it to be used with a 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier high wattage power converter to French Polynesia in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers in French Polynesia , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting French Polynesia from America?

You won't need a power converter because the voltage from a French Polynesian power outlet is in the same 100-120V range as America.

What kind of converter do I need for French Polynesia?

You will need to buy a step up power converter [10] to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in French Polynesia.

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.

How to convert 110 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [10] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 110 volt French Polynesian 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 French Polynesia before plugging that into a French Polynesian 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 from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet.

What voltage is used in French Polynesia?

French Polynesia uses 110 volts in their power outlets.

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Single voltage hair straighteners

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

The way to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power adapter or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord plugs into. The location might depend on the make and model of your unit but could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • 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 typically say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Trvel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets and number of USB powers were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for French Polynesia?

Which type of power adapter will you need for French Polynesia?

The plug adapter or power converter which is best to use in French Polynesia is dependant on various requirements, so before choosing the right one to use we recommend using this checklist:

How many electrical devices are you packing for French Polynesia?

Are you bringing more than one device

How many electrical devices are you packing for French Polynesia?

  • Add up how many devices and applicances you want to pack for French Polynesia (such as cell phones, laptops, eReaders, curling irons or hair straighteners).
    • Take into account that you might own more electrical items at a later date. Do you intend on buying a new tablet computer next year for example?
    • There are an increasing number of USB powered rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise USB for a power source. Therefore next time you have to buy a new device it could use a USB adapter so ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these as well.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their iPads as well?
Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in French Polynesia?

Are you only bringing USB devices

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in French Polynesia?

What types of electrical devices do you need to use in French Polynesia?

Will you need to power appliances

What types of electrical devices do you need to use in French Polynesia?

  • There are 3 types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electrical devices which plug into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that plug into an electrical outlet - for example hair straighteners or curling irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices that charge with a USB port - for example phones or tablets.
  • If you only intend to take just USB powered devices to French Polynesia then you'll find that a travel USB charger is ideal because you will only have to bring that single charger .
  • Travel power strips are most suited for powering and voltage conversion for multiple low wattage devices (such as a laptop), but won't work with high wattage appliances that need voltage conversion and could potentially overload it.

Will your appliances only work with a 110 volt power outlet?

Do you intend on visiting countries other than French Polynesia?

  • Most single plug adapters will only operate in the one country that they are designed for, so if you wish to visit multiple countries you'll need to bring along additional power adapters which in turn adds to the number of adapters you'll have to bring.
  • On the other hand travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are designed for travelling to more than one country becuase of their interchangeable head system.
How many French Polynesian power outlets will be available?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many French Polynesian power outlets will be available?

  • Your hotel may offer only a single power outlet, this will be an issue if charging the batteries of multiple items such as cell phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight as you will only be able to recharge one device at a time then need to swap.
  • If you need to recharge more than one device simultaneously then we recommend using a USB wall charger or a travel power strip that can charge multiple USB ports or power outlets.

Are you intending on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

How much can you afford?

  • Cheap power adapters start at under $10 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$45) which powers only one device in a single country (provided that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 110 volts), but paying anywhere between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) means you can power multiple devices simultaneously and bring them to various different countries.
Do you intend on bringing hand luggage?

Are you only using hand luggage

Do you intend on bringing hand luggage?

Do you still need use your charger when returning home?

How long does it take to travel to French Polynesia?

Arriving at an airport

How long does it take to travel to French Polynesia?

  • With extended journeys it's worth thinking about bringing an airport-friendly charger that works in different outlet types, one which is light enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can top up tablets and phones just prior to a lengthy flight.
  • As not all airports actually have power outlets available think about bringing a portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. After arriving in French Polynesia you could need to use your cell phone to make calls, reading emails , using mapping to find your accomodation or viewing your itinerary; so please ensure that your phone has ample charge remaining.

What can I connect to a French Polynesian power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a French Polynesian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a French Polynesian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a French Polynesian power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to a French Polynesian power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the French Polynesian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a French Polynesian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting French Polynesia, 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 [20].

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Polynesia - French Polynesia Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E power outlets without converting voltage, priced under $10 USD (£1-£2 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  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, between $30 to $35 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$40).
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / under C$45).
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  8. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, under $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$25).
  10. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet, between $110 to $120 USD (under £90 GBP / under C$130).
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, costing under $160 USD (£140-£150 GBP / C$460-C$470).
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, costs between $20 to $25 USD (£30-£35 GBP / under C$45).
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, costs between $35 to $40 USD (under £40 GBP / under C$50).
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, estimated price between $120 to $130 USD (£100-£110 GBP / under C$150).
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, costing under $90 USD (£70-£80 GBP / C$270-C$280).
  17. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, estimated price between $20 to $25 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$60).
  18. 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, between $90 to $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / around C$60).
  19. 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, between $140 to $150 USD (under £110 GBP / under C$130).
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets