Tuvalu power adapters - what plugs are used in Tuvalu?

Tuvaluan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Tuvalu?

Use a Type I plug adapter for Tuvalu if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit in a Tuvaluan power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Tuvalu will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Tuvaluan power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • Expect limited access to power in certain areas of Tuvalu, it is advised to bring a portable charger if you need to keep your mobile phone charged whilst in a region with no power.
  • If you're planning on visiting Tuvalu from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Tuvaluan power outlet. As the voltage is different in Tuvalu you also need to pack a power converter for Tuvalu if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Tuvaluan power outlet then it should work in Tuvalu.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Tuvaluan power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Tuvalu such a Type I plug adapter. Please Note that a plug adapter for Tuvalu (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Tuvalu, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Tuvalu to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Tuvalu if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type I plug adapter.
  • If you need to recharge your USB devices such as a tablet or cell phone then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring one which includes a Type I plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Tuvalu[3] [AD]

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Tuvalu please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Tuvalu power adapters

Power adapters for Tuvalu

Various combinations of standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning on visiting a different country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Tuvalu. This page contains links to instructions showing you exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when visiting Tuvalu by using their 220 volt 50Hz Type I Tuvaluan power outlet. Most power adapters vary depending on which country you travelling to therefore we recommend that you read the Wikiconnections world power adapters list for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Tuvalu?

The best power adapter for Tuvalu is a Type I plug adapter which allows you to use any 220 volt appliance or device. [3] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for Tuvalu?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a compact and cheap plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly fit into a Tuvaluan power outlet.

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

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances in Tuvalu simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Do I need a power adapter in Tuvalu?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Tuvalu?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Tuvaluan power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Tuvalu along with the correct power adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Tuvalu

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Tuvalu

Power adapters are most likely be available in 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.

It will be 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 but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for Tuvalu

Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type I plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Using a Type I plug adapter will work in Tuvalu.
  • Simple to operate.
  • Affordable, with prices under $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$20).
  • Light and compact.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • If you intend on visiting more than one country then you may need to pack multiple plug adapter types for other countries.
  • Only alters the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type I Tuvaluan power outlet and doesn't modify the actual voltage. So if your appliance doesn't work with a 220 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage then you will still need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • Only one adapter for each device - for each device or appliance you'll also need to pack a separate adapter.
  • Your hotel room in Tuvalu might only have one power outlet available, so you'll only be able to charge one appliance at a time.
  • If you need to power any USB device then you also need to bring a domestic USB charger. [3] [AD]
Travel Power Strips

Travel power strip including plug adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering several electrical appliances at once via a single plug socket, costing under $40 USD (under £40 GBP / around C$25).
  • Some types of travel power strips have voltage conversation for lower wattage devices (for example laptops). Even if the appliance isn't dual voltage it will still function in Tuvalu by using just a travel power strip, making them a lightweight and cheap alternative to a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Normal models will also include multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain areas can be tempremental, a sudden power surge can damage your delicate electrical items. Some power strips will include a surge protector which will prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • When you return home it should still work.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Tuvalu.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike normal voltage converters, the voltage converter on a travel power strip doesn't convert higher wattage appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be unsuitable for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips could be considered excessive for travellers with only a small number of items that need powering. [6] [AD]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Perfect when travelling to multiple countries. Most models function in around 150 countries.
  • All in one compact design. Both lightweight and small, under $15 USD (around £15 GBP / around C$25).
  • There are some universal travel power adapters which have multiple USB charging ports built in.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some models will have a surge protector to prevent your electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The retracting pins don't catch against other items in baggage.
  • When you return home the power strip will still be useful as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will fit into a Tuvaluan power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Can't be used with any high powered appliances - for example hair straighteners, vacuum cleaners, kettles, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • The pins, shutters and internal moving parts might be fragile on some models which might make them likely to possibily break.
  • Only provide power to a single appliance.
  • Not completely universal, some adapters might not cover some countries with less popular power outlet types.
  • They don't have a voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for non-220 volt appliances in Tuvalu. [7] [AD]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with changable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect if you only have to charge devices which use USB.
  • You only have to bring a single unit instead of packing lots of domestic USB power chargers which costs roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  • Travel USB wall chargers are typically supplied with swappable heads meaning they can be used in a large number of different countries. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are typically small and lightweight which makes them easy to pack.
  • Most models should also include a built in surge protector.
  • When you return to your home country it should still work.
  • The interchangeable heads fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in Tuvalu.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB ports so you will be unable to charge any electrical appliances, only USB devices. [8] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

A plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25) a power adapter set works out cheaper than purchasing multiple power plug adapter types costing almost $10 USD (almost £10 GBP / over C$45) each.
  • Covers all eventualities and not just a Tuvaluan power outlet.
  • If you are travelling to different locations a plug adapter set is the most flexible option.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will work in Tuvalu.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve planning - you will need to choose which plug adapters to pack in advance, or alternatively pack every power adapter in the set.
  • Means lots of individual plug adapters to bring.
  • Having only one working power adapter the remaining plug adapters will be redundant.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included in the set (and especially less common ones) - so ensure that your plug adapter set has one which is compatible in Tuvalu.
  • Each adapter only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Tuvaluan power outlet but not the actual voltage. [9] [AD]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter with surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter only converts the 220 volts in Tuvalu and won't change the actual shape of the plug to fit into a Tuvaluan power outlet, therefore you'll still need to use a suitable power adapter for Tuvalu.
  • The normal weight of most models of voltage converters makes them way too bulky for packing in carry-on luggage.
  • Redundant after your visit to Tuvalu.
  • Usually much cheaper to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a much more expensive voltage converter simply to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Expensive, between $120 to $130 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).

Comparison of electrical adapters for Tuvalu

Type I 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 Tuvalu Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included I 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) 20+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type I Tuvaluan power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type I plug adapter required to fit in a Tuvaluan 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 220 volt AC appliance in Tuvalu 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 $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$20) between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20) between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / almost C$90)
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Tuvalu power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Tuvalu?

Type I plug outlets are used in Tuvalu. The plug outlet, also known as a type I power outlet, can be recognised by 3 slots for the live, neutral and ground blades. [3] [AD]

What plug sockets are used in Tuvalu?

What frequency is used in Tuvalu?

The frequency found in a Tuvaluan power outlet is 50 Hz. [11]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Tuvalu?

Use a step down power converter if you wish to use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Tuvalu.

How reliable is the power grid in Tuvalu?

Whilst stable electrical power can't be guaranteed, the power grid in Tuvalu is classed as reliable with no pattern of recurrent power blackouts.

Are power outlets available in Tuvalu?

In Tuvalu almost 5% of the population of the country doesn't have access to electricity.

Should I use a power bank in Tuvalu?

A USB power bank for charging phones

Should I use a power bank in Tuvalu?

Because not everyone in Tuvalu has access to power visitors should check ahead that their accomodation can guarantee a dependable power supply, or bring a second charging solution if they want to recharge devices such as cellphones.

  • During a trip to Tuvalu increased use of smart phones for taking pictures, storing calendars, social networks, GPS and streaming videos can syphon off power more excessively than normal. A flat cell phone battery could possibly leave you in an unknown location without enough power to make emergency calls or being able to use a GPS app to return to your accommodation.
  • Using a portable charger in Tuvalu alleviates those concerns as it allows you to keep your cell phone powered on the move, especially when travelling to a country with limited access to power in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank will supply enough energy to cover over three full charges whilst a 20,000mAh power bank should keep a typical smart phone charged for almost 7 days depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • If you need to charge your laptop in Tuvalu and it it supports USB-C charging then look for a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20 Wh or more.
  • Before travelling be aware that some airlines prohibit batteries on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Normal consumer power banks won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners can be used for travelling to areas with limited access to electricity like Tuvalu.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [AD]
How well do solar powered chargers work in Tuvalu?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

How well do solar powered chargers work in Tuvalu?

The sunshine in Tuvalu should be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank reliability, but will need to be exposed to strong sunshine to provide adequate power for a single charge cycle. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • The bigger durable panels used on a solar backpack give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, making them ideal for the weather in Tuvalu.
  • A phone that has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Tuvalu, but this might be inconvenient to have a phone continuously connected in the bag during the day if it is to be used constantly. Unlike a small solar power bank which needs to be unpacked and facing the sunlight, a solar bag is usually exposed to sunlight therefore will be topping up a regular power bank during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in Tuvalu is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags are designed to endure bending and scratches, unlike normal firm solar cells. Solar bags come in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles which makes them perfect for work, travel and domestic use.  [4] [17] [18] [AD]

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Tuvalu 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.

Why use a travel USB charger for Tuvalu?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Oceania which are likely to use different outlets to Tuvalu.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Tuvalu.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Tuvalu along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Tuvalu might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perfect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Tuvalu could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to use multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Tuvaluan power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Tuvaluan power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cellphones could require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones on an overnight basis using one power outlet. [8] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for Tuvalu?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Tuvalu and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Tuvalu.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Tuvalu. [8] [AD]

Power converters for Tuvalu

What does a power converter for a Tuvaluan power outlet do?

Power converters for Tuvalu allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Tuvaluan 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?

A heavy and bulky power converter will transform a 220 volt Tuvaluan power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, but a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Tuvalu. [19] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for Tuvalu?

If you are travelling to Tuvalu from a different country please ensure your device can be used with a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 220 volts. Read our world power outlets page to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a single voltage appliance that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used with 220 volts run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse unless you use a step down power converter.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or mobile phone as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier high wattage power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our comprehensive guides on travelling with curling irons, clothes irons, hairdryers and hair straighteners in Tuvalu which includes guides on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20] [AD]

What converter do I need for Tuvalu?

In order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Tuvalu you will need a step down power converter[10] [AD]

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.

What voltage is used in Tuvalu?

Tuvalu uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets. [2]

https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Tuvaluan 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 Tuvalu before plugging that into a Tuvaluan power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt Tuvaluan power outlet. [10] [AD]
How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

The best way to tell if a appliance is either dual or single voltage is to look for numbers printed on the supplied power adapter or on the appliance itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your unit, it should also state on the box.

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

Substantiations

See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters (October 2018).

What type of adapter do you need for Tuvalu?

Which type of adapter do I need to bring to Tuvalu?

The plug adapter which is best to use in Tuvalu depends on your requirements, prior to deciding the right adapter to use we recommend using the following checklist:

How many electrical devices are you taking to Tuvalu?

How many electrical items are you taking

How many electrical devices are you taking to Tuvalu?

  • List all the items you want to bring to Tuvalu (such as laptops, mobile phones, tablets, eReaders, hair dryers and curling irons).
    • Allow for more electrical items at a later date. Do you intend on purchasing a new tablet computer next year?
    • There is an increasing number of smaller rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise USB charging for a power source. Therefore if you have to replace a device it might need a USB power adapter so check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these too.
  • Will you also be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their phones as well?
What different types of electrical devices do you want to use?

A USB powered phone

What different types of electrical devices do you want to use?

  • There are 3 types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electrical items that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage appliances that can be plugged into a power outlet - for example hair dryers and curling irons.
    • USB devices which can be plugged into a USB port - for example phones and tablets.
  • When you only need to bring along just USB powered devices to Tuvalu you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is ideal because you will only need to bring one lightweight charger along with appropriate existing charging cables and leave your domestic chargers at home.
  • Travel power strips are made for powering and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices (such as laptops), however won't work with high wattage appliances which need voltage conversion.
Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

Will you only need USB devices

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

How many power outlets will be available when you get to Tuvalu?

How many power outlets will be available

How many power outlets will be available when you get to Tuvalu?

  • Your hotel may have only one power outlet on the wall, this will be an issue when recharging more than one device overnight because you can only recharge a single device at a time then need to swap every few hours.
  • To charge more than one device at the same time we suggest packing either a USB wall charger or a travel power strip which are capable of charging multiple USB ports or power outlets. [6] [AD]

Do your devices and appliances work with 220 volt power outlets?

Are you planning to visit anywhere else abroad in the future?

Is Tuvalu the only place you'll be visiting?

How much can you afford to pay?

  • Cheap power adapters start from under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10) which charges only one device from a Tuvaluan power outlet (providing that it is dual voltage or works with 220 volts), but investing in roughly between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) allows you to power multiple devices at once and bring them to various countries.

Would you like to use your charger when returning home?

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Are you only using hand baggage

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Will it take you a long time to get to Tuvalu?

Using a phone at the airport

Will it take you a long time to get to Tuvalu?

  • For much longer journeys it's worth considering packing an appropriate airport-suitable power charger that can be used with different outlet types, one which can be packed in carry-on luggage and can be used to quickly charge tablets and phones just prior to a lengthy trip.
  • Because not all airlines have power outlets available we recommend bringing a travel portable charger for recharging on the go. After landing in Tuvalu you could need to rely on a phone for making telephone calls, receiving text messages, using sat nav to find accomodation or reading an itinerary; make sure that your phone will have ample charge remaining. [4] [AD]

What can I connect to a Tuvaluan power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Tuvaluan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Tuvaluan power outlet

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Tuvalu.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type I plug adapter - Type I plug adapters use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, between $10 to $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$20)
  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 $45 to $50 USD (under £35 GBP / under C$45).
  5. Wikipedia - 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, estimated cost between $35 to $40 USD (under £40 GBP / under C$30)
  7. 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, priced under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30)
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20)
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, between $15 to $20 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$25)
  10. 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, estimated price between $120 to $130 USD (under £90 GBP / under C$130)
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, between $100 to $110 USD (£70-£80 GBP / under C$210).
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, costing between $25 to $30 USD (around £30 GBP / under C$60).
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, priced at between $30 to $35 USD (£20-£25 GBP / under C$30).
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, estimated cost between $45 to $50 USD (under £35 GBP / under C$45).
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, priced at under $130 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$140-C$150).
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, between $90 to $100 USD (under £120 GBP / under C$120)
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, between $20 to $25 USD (£25-£30 GBP / under C$60).
  19. 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, priced at between $90 to $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / under C$90)
  20. 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, priced between $160 to $170 USD (£100-£110 GBP / under C$280).
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -