Palau power adapters - what plugs are used in Palau?

Palauan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Palau?

Bring a Type B plug adapter [3] to Palau if your plug won't fit in a Palauan power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Palau will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Palauan power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then please read the section about how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • Certain parts of Palau do not have access to power therefore you should pack a power bank [4] if you want to recharge your mobile phone whilst visiting a region without electricity.
  • If you intend on visiting Palau from America all US appliances and devices should charge without an adapter or a power converter. One suggestion however is to use a USB travel power adapter as it will allow you to charge multiple devices using only one power charger.
  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Palauan power outlet then it should work in Palau without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Palauan power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Palau such a Type B plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Palau (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Palau, but doesn't change the voltage from 120 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 120 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Palau to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Palau if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you want to charge one or more USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Palau.

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

Palau power adapters

Power adapters for Palau

Varying different standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Palau. This page has links to simple instructions showing you how to supply power to your devices when travelling to Palau using the standard B or A type Palauan 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. You will find that power adapters will vary depending on which country you're in so please read the Wikiconnections world power adapters guide where you'll find a complete list showing destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Palau?

The best power adapter for Palau is a Type B plug adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 120 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Palau?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a different shaped power plug from a different region to correctly slot into a wall socket in Palau.

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

What does a power adapter for a Palauan power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different location to use their own electrical appliances and devices in Palau by changing the shape of the plug from one shape to another.

Does a power adapter convert the voltage from a Palauan power outlet?

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 120 volt Palauan power outlet and doesn't convert to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 220-240 volt device you will also need to bring a more expensive step up power converter for Palau along with the right power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter for Palau?

It will depend on the shape of plug you are attempting to use in Palau and the location you are travelling from.

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

A US plug won't require a plug adapter as it can fit in a Palauan power outlet.

Palau power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Palau?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Palau?

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

  • Plug Type A - The wall socket, technically called a type A power outlet, can be recognised by the two slots adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise this plug outlet by the 2 thin slots where the live and neutral blades go with a single hole below for the earth pin.

Do US plugs work in Palau?

Yes, a US plug will work in Palau so does not require a plug adapter or a power converter.

What is the electrical frequency used in a Palauan power outlet?

The frequency from a Palauan power outlet is 60Hz.

Is the voltage in Palau the same as the US?

The voltage in Palau is the same as the US.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Palau?

To use a 220V appliance in Palau you need to use a step up power converter.

Are plug sockets in Palau the same as US?

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

Are electrical outlets common in Palau?

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

Is electricity reliable in Palau?

Though stable electrical power can't be guaranteed, electricity in Palau is reliable and there is no pattern of persistent power cuts.

Do I need a power bank for Palau?

A USB power bank for charging mobile phones

Do I need a power bank for Palau?

Because some areas of Palau don't have access to electrical power visitors are advised to check ahead that their accomodation can assure a reliable power supply, alternatively use a second charging solution if they need to charge devices such as mobile phones or tablets.

  • During a trip increased reliance on smart phones for storing itineraries, taking pictures, social network sharing, GPS and staying entertained could syphon off power before the end of the day. As well as the inconvenience of missed photograph opportunities this could possibly leave you in an unknown location without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a satellite navigation app to find your way back to accommodation.
  • Packing a portable charger [4] for Palau eases those concerns as it allows you to keep your mobile phone fully powered without needing a wall charger, especially when travelling to a country with a lack of access to electricity in some areas.
  • Look for at least a 10,000mAh power bank [4] which can store enough electricity to cover over 3 full charges while a 20,000mAh portable charger [9] should keep a typical cell phone powered for roughly a week depending on the usage and model of the phone. A mAh value shows the capacity of the battery giving an indication of the number of charges the portable charger can do.
  • If you need to charge your laptop in Palau and your laptop it supports USB-C charging then bring a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh. Before travelling please note that some airlines don't let you bring portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] are ideal for travelling to countries with limited access to electricity like Palau.
How well do solar chargers work in Palau?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

How well do solar chargers work in Palau?

The daylight in Palau should be suitable enough to charge solar power bank [12] dependably, but will need to be exposed to strong daylight in order to produce suitable power for a single charge cycle. It might prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank and wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the larger solar panels used on a solar backpack [11] give the backpack the ability to create more power within a shorter period of time and might still generate power when overcast, meaning they should perform well in Palau.
  • Phones that have been directly plugged into a USB charging port of a backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Palau, but could be inconvenient to have it constantly connected to the bag during the day if it is to be needed frequently. A regular power bank [4] plugged into a solar backpack can be continuously recharged inside the bag during the day, afterwards the phone can be recharged from the power bank without needing the bag.
  • Even though the climate in Palau is suitable for solar, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater. Unlike normal firm solar cells, the flexible and durable cells used in solar powered bags are made to survive bending and scratching. They are available in laptop messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them ideal for work, travel and domestic use.

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)

Palau 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 Palau?

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than one device then the best travel adapter for Palau is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. There are two standards of plug sockets in Palau (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your device supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers and compatibility with certain power hungry devices. This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Palauan trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Palau we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Palau?

Why use a travel USB charger for Palau?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to Palau.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Palau.
  • USB chargers can accept the 120 volts used in Palau power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Palau might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Palau could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please read the section on using travel appliances with a Palauan power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Palauan power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Palau?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Palau and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Palau.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Palau.

Power converters for Palau

What is a power converter?

Power converters for Palau enable travellers to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt electric appliance with a 120 volt Palauan 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 for Palau?

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Palau, but an expensive and bulkier power converter [14] converts the voltage of 120 volts from a Palauan power outlet to work with a non-120 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Palau?

If you are visiting Palau from another region please double check the device can be used with a 120 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [15] if you are travelling from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device doesn't support 120 volts. See our list of world power outlets page to discover the voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a 120 volt single voltage appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) and then used in a 120 volt outlet either take longer to charge or won't power up. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Palau from a different region please check that it will work with a 120 volt power supply or you will need to use a step up power converter [15].
  • You don't need a converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone or tablet as these are typically designed for international use and support dual voltage, however please always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16] to allow it to be used with a 120 volt Palauan power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a much heavier power converter to Palau simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hairdryers and hair straighteners in Palauan power outlets , along with recommendations on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Palau if I'm travelling from America?

An American plug does not require a power converter as the voltage in Palau is in the same 100-120V range as America.

What converter do I need for Palau?

In order to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance with a 120 volt Palauan power outlet you need to use a step up power converter [15].

What voltage does Palau use?

Palau uses 120 volts in their normal 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 Palauan 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 Palau before plugging that into a Palauan 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 Palauan power outlet.
What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a power 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 my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

One method to see if your appliance is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location will depend on the make or model of your device but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to a Palauan power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Palauan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Palauan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Palauan power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Palauan power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a Palauan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Palauan power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Palau, 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/Palau - Palau Wikipedia page.
  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