New Caledonia power adapters - what plugs are used in New Caledonia?

New Caledonian power outlet

What adapter do I need for New Caledonia?

You need to bring a Type F plug adapter [3] to New Caledonia if the plug you wish to use won't fit in a New Caledonian power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting New Caledonia all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a New Caledonian power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device can use then read the section about how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you are from the US and travelling to New Caledonia then you will need to use a plug adapter for New Caledonia to fit a US plug into a New Caledonian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in New Caledonia pack a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a New Caledonian power outlet then it can work in New Caledonia without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a New Caledonian power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for New Caledonia such a Type F plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for New Caledonia (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in New Caledonia, but won't 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 New Caledonia to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for New Caledonia if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you only want to charge USB devices such as a tablet or cell phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose a USB travel adapter which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for New Caledonia.
  • An increase in use of a cellphone during a trip can create an additional demand on the battery, we recommend bringing a portable charger [4] if you wish to keep your cellphone battery or other devices charged throughout the day whilst visiting an unfamiliar location.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your device in New Caledonia read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

New Caledonia power adapters

Power adapters for New Caledonia

Differing frequencies and standards can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in New Caledonia. This page has links to useful instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you are in New Caledonia using the standard F or C type New Caledonian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You'll discover power adapters will change regionally therefore we recommend reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for New Caledonia?

The best power adapter for New Caledonia will be a Type F power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for New Caledonia?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for New Caledonia is a compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign country to correctly slot into a wall outlet in New Caledonia.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage in New Caledonia?

No; a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt New Caledonian power outlet and doesn't convert to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance you will also need to bring a step down power converter for New Caledonia.

Do I need a power adapter in New Caledonia?

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

Will I need a power adapter for New Caledonia if I'm from America?

If you are travelling from the US then use a plug adapter for New Caledonia as American plugs won't physically fit into a New Caledonian power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for New Caledonia to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for New Caledonia allows a visitor travelling from a different location to use their electronic and electrical appliances in New Caledonia simply by altering the shape of the plug from one shape to another.

New Caledonia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in New Caledonia?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in New Caledonia?

There are two different types of power supply used in New Caledonia, types F and C with the primary power supply being type F:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this power socket by two adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - This recessed round power socket (known as the type F power outlet or Schuko plug) can be recognised by two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the twin plug socket pins sit along with two thin grounding clips above and below.

Do US plugs work in New Caledonia?

No - an American plug won't work in New Caledonia because it doesn't fit into a New Caledonian power outlet without using a plug adapter. The voltage is 220 volts therefore you will need to use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

Is the voltage in New Caledonia the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a New Caledonian power outlet is 220 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your US charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you should use a power converter for New Caledonia which allows a 120 volt US appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in New Caledonia?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V appliance in a New Caledonian power outlet.

Is a plug socket in New Caledonia the same as in the US?

An American plug won't fit in a New Caledonian power outlet therefore use a plug adapter for New Caledonia. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage you need to use a power converter for New Caledonia and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

What frequency is used in a New Caledonian power outlet?

The frequency from a New Caledonian power outlet is 50Hz.

How reliable is the power grid in New Caledonia?

Although stable power can't be guaranteed, electricity in New Caledonia is dependable with no history of frequent power outages.

What is access to electrical power like in New Caledonia?

New Caledonia has 100% access to electrical power throughout the country.

Do I need a power bank for New Caledonia?

Power bank

Do I need a power bank for New Caledonia?

Whilst electrical cuts aren't common and power is available throughout the country, visitors are still advised to bring a portable charger to recharge mobiles and other USB powered devices.

  • During a trip increased use of cell phones for storing calendars, taking photos, GPS, social networks and streaming videos will syphon off power more excessively than normal. Beyond the simple missed photograph opportunities this can potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use satellite navigation to find your way back to hotel. Packing a portable charger [4] for New Caledonia lowers that risk as it allows you to power up your smart phone on the go.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank [4] will store enough energy to power over 3 full charges and a 20,000mAh portable charger [9] should keep an average mobile phone powered for roughly 7 days depending on the usage and model of the phone. A mAh rating (milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of the battery and gives an indication of the number of charges the portable charger is capable of.
  • As long as your laptop supports USB-C charging then bringing a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20Wh can be used to extend the battery life of your laptop when travelling to New Caledonia.
  • Before travelling please note 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 so we recommended checking ahead with the airline.
  • Consumer power banks aren't designed for high powered items, although a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] can be used for travelling.
Will a solar battery charger work in New Caledonia?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot conditions

Will a solar battery charger work in New Caledonia?

The climate in New Caledonia will be suitable enough to charge solar power bank [12] dependably, however it needs to be exposed to strong sunlight to produce suitable power for a single charge. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the bigger solar cells found on a solar backpack [11] give the backpack the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time, meaning they should perform well in New Caledonia.
  • A phone which has been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a backpack should gradually recharge the battery during sunny spells in New Caledonia, but this could be inconvenient to have the phone continually connected in the bag if it is to be needed constantly. Unlike a handheld solar power bank which requires unpacking facing sunlight, a backback with solar panels is continuously exposed to daylight therefore can be powering up a regular power bank [4] during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in New Caledonia is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. The durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags are made to survive scratches and bending, unlike regular solid solar panels. Solar bags are available in backpack, rucksack and messenger styles which makes them ideal for domestic, work and travel use.

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New Caledonia 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 New Caledonia?

When you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than one device the best international travel charger for New Caledonia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. New Caledonians use two different types of power outlets (F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate power adapters for your trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for New Caledonia?

Why use a travel USB charger for New Caledonia?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. It helps reduce the size and weight of your baggage by only packing one USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple power chargers with you.
  • All travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them perfect if visiting multiple countries which will probably use a different outlet to New Caledonia.
  • Good USB travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in New Caledonia.
  • USB travel chargers will accept both the 220 volts used in New Caledonia power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that hotels in New Caledonia might only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the worry out of visiting an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often scarce and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in New Caledonia might prove difficult and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage devices such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information read the guide on using travel appliances in New Caledonia for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter to use with a New Caledonian power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive USB travel chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices draw additional power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can also be useful when returning home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for New Caledonia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both New Caledonia 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting New Caledonia.
  • 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. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting New Caledonia.

Power converters for New Caledonia

What is a power converter for New Caledonia?

Power converters for New Caledonia enable travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical device with a 220 volt New Caledonian power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

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

An expensive and bulky power converter [14] transforms the voltage of 220 volts from a New Caledonian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in New Caledonia.

Do I need a power converter for New Caledonia?

When travelling to New Caledonia from a different region ensure that the device can be used with a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [15] is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance isn't compatible with 220 volts. Read the list of world power outlets guide to discover the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are already using either a 220 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Normally devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage (such as 120 volts) and then used in a 220 volt outlet run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [15] is used.
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you wish to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16].
  • It should be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to carry a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our comprehensive guides on travelling with curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hairdryers with New Caledonian power outlets , along with recommendations on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm visiting New Caledonia from the US?

The 220 volts used in a plug outlet in New Caledonia is different to a 110 volt US supply so you need to bring a step down power converter if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for New Caledonia?

If you need to use any 100-120 volt appliance with a 220 volt New Caledonian power outlet you will need to use a step down power converter [15].

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [15] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt New Caledonian 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 New Caledonia before plugging that into a New Caledonian 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 New Caledonian power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

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

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.

What voltage is used in New Caledonia?

New Caledonia uses 220 volts in their power outlets.

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if a device is dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the charger or on the device itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your appliance, it could also be written in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to a New Caledonian power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a New Caledonian power outlet

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Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a New Caledonian power outlet

Mobile phones that work with the New Caledonian power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with the New Caledonian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a New Caledonian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting New Caledonia, 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 [17].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Caledonia - New Caledonian country entry on wikipedia.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F 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 down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets