Micronesia power adapters - what plugs are used in Micronesia?

Micronesian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Micronesia?

Use a Type B plug adapter [3] for Micronesia if the plug you need to use won't fit in a Micronesian power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Micronesia all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Micronesian power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device uses then read the section below about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • Expect frequent power cuts in Micronesia, we recommend bringing a portable charger [4] if you want to recharge your mobile phone and other devices whilst travelling during a blackout.
  • If you are planning on visiting Micronesia from America then all US devices and appliances should charge without a power adapter or a power converter. However it may be practical to bring a USB travel power adapter as it allows you to power multiple devices by only packing a single power charger.
  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Micronesian power outlet then it can work in Micronesia.
  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Micronesian power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Micronesia such a Type B plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Micronesia (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Micronesia, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 120 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 120 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Micronesia to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Micronesia if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to bring your USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Micronesia.

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

Micronesia power adapters

Power adapters for Micronesia

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and plug types can often be daunting when planning on staying in a new country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Micronesia. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions which shows how to power your devices when going to Micronesia using their standard types B or A Micronesian 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. Most power adapters will vary depending on which area you are travelling to therefore we suggest reading the travel power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Micronesia?

The best power adapter for Micronesia is a Type B power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 120 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Micronesia?

What is a power adapter for a Micronesian power outlet?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters which allow an electrical socket in Micronesia to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another region.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for a Micronesian power outlet enables visitors from a different location to use their electrical devices in Micronesia by changing the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter in Micronesia?

If the power outlet in your home country isn't the same as the shape of the plug outlet in Micronesia then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Micronesia from America?

A US plug will not require an adapter as it already fits in a Micronesian power outlet.

Will a power adapter convert the voltage from a Micronesian power outlet?

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 120 volt Micronesian power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use any 220-240 volt appliance you also need a more expensive step up power converter for Micronesia.

Micronesia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Micronesia?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Micronesia?

There are two types of power outlets used in Micronesia, types B and A with the primary power supply being type B:

  • Plug Type A - You can identify the plug outlet by two thin slots next to each other.
  • Plug Type B - This wall socket, technically called a type B power outlet, is identified by two thin slots parallel to each other with a single semicircular hole below for the grounded pin.

Do US plugs work in Micronesia?

Yes, an American plug will work in Micronesia so won't need a power adapter or a power converter.

What is the frequency used with a Micronesian power outlet?

The frequency found in a Micronesian power outlet is 60 Hz.

Is the voltage in Micronesia the same as the US?

The voltage in Micronesia is exactly the same as America.

Is an outlet in Micronesia the same as the US?

A US plug will fit into a Micronesian power outlet, both the frequency and voltage range are the identical to the US.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Micronesia?

Use a step up power converter should you need to bring a 220 volt appliance to Micronesia.

Are there power outages in Micronesia?

Typically Micronesia suffers power blackouts roughly once every week.

Should I pack a portable charger for Micronesia?

Due to potential electrical failures in Micronesia visitors should bring alternate charging options if they want to continue charging devices such as mobile phones or tablets dependably.

  • Whilst travelling increased reliance on cell phones for taking photos, storing itineraries, sat nav, social network sharing and streaming videos could drain the batteries towards the end of the day. A flat cell phone battery could potentially leave you stranded without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use a satellite navigation app to return to your hotel or accommodation.
  • Bringing a power bank [4] to Micronesia lowers the risk as it means you can power up your mobile phone on the move, especially when travelling to a country with power outages in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh portable charger [4] can supply enough power to power around 3 full days of mobile phone use while a 20,000mAh power bank [9] should keep a typical cell phone charged for up to 7 days depending on the usage and model of the phone.
  • As long as your laptop supports USB-C charging then a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge that laptop when travelling to Micronesia. Be aware that some airlines don't let you take batteries on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must be kept in carry-on luggage onlyso always ahead with the carrier.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] can be used for travelling to locations with power cuts such as Micronesia.
Should I pack a portable charger for Micronesia?
Does a solar battery charger work in Micronesia?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Does a solar battery charger work in Micronesia?

The climate in Micronesia will be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [12] reliability, but will need to be exposed to strong daylight to produce suitable energy for a single charge. This could prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the bigger durable panels used on a solar backpack [11] will give the backpack the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time, meaning they should perform well in Micronesia.
  • Phones which are directly plugged into the USB charging port of a backpack should gradually recharge the battery during sunny periods in Micronesia, however this might be inconvenient to have the phone constantly connected to the bag during the day should it be needed frequently. A solar powered bag is more often exposed to light therefore will be powering up a regular power bank throughout the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank which needs unpacking and facing the sunlight.
  • Although the climate in Micronesia is suitable, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • The flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are built to endure bending and scratches, unlike normal solid solar panels. They come in messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them perfect for domestic, work and travel use.

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Enterprise Surveys - Infrastructure - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected 2009)
  • 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)

Micronesia 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 Micronesia?

If you are travelling with more than just one device and visiting more than one country then the best travel adapter for Micronesia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. Micronesians use two different standards of wall outlets (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices. This will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your devices at the airport or on the flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel to Micronesia we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Micronesia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Micronesia?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is suitable when travelling across different countries which will probably use different power outlets to Micronesia.
  • Good USB chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in Micronesia.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 120 volt power outlets in Micronesia along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotel rooms or accommodation in Micronesia might only have one power outlet, by using 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.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Micronesia could prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please refer to the guide on using travel appliances in Micronesia for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices in a Micronesian power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could require more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices require extra power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can still be useful back at home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every night using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Micronesia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Micronesia using type B 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 and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 Micronesia.

Power converters for Micronesia

What does a power converter for Micronesia do?

Power converters for Micronesia enable you to use a 220-240 volt electric device with a 120 volt Micronesian 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?

An expensive and heavy power converter [14] transforms the voltage of 120 volts from a Micronesian power outlet to work with a non-120 volt device, however a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Micronesia.

Do I need a power converter for Micronesia?

When travelling to Micronesia from another country check your device can be charged using a 120 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [15] if you are travelling to Micronesia from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device isn't compatible with 120 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets page to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a 120 volt device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 230 volts and then used in a 120 volt power outlet sometimes take longer to charge or simply won't power up. If your device doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are visiting Micronesia from a different region then check that it will work with a 120 volt Micronesian power outlet otherwise you will need to use a step up power converter [15].
  • You don't need a converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet 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 supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as clothes irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16].
  • It might be more cost effective to purchase a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to carry a heavier power converter to Micronesia in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our comprehensive travel guides on using clothes irons, curling wands, blow dryers and flat irons with a Micronesian power outlet which includes guides on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Micronesia from the US?

A US plug does not need a power converter as the voltage in Micronesia is in the same 100-120 volt range as the US.

What kind of converter do I need for Micronesia?

You need a step up power converter [15] in order to use any 220-240 volt appliance in a 120 volt Micronesian power outlet.

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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 does Micronesia use?

Micronesia uses 120 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 120 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [15] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 120 volt Micronesian 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 Micronesia before plugging that into a Micronesian 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 120 volt Micronesian power outlet.
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The easiest method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power plug or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

What can I connect to a Micronesian power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Micronesian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Micronesian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Micronesian power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to the Micronesian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Micronesian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Micronesian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Micronesian power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Micronesia, 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 [18].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federated_States_of_Micronesia - wikipedia web page about Micronesia.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B power outlets without converting voltage.
  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.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  8. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  9. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  10. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  11. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  12. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  13. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets