Charging the mobile phone when planning a trip to The Cook Islands

Using Type B USB Micro cable and a Type I USB charger to charge your mobile phone with a Cook Islands power outlet.

Cook Islands power outlet

If you are planning a vacation it's useful to know if you can power your vital devices like cell phones or tablets when you get there. But by not knowing which wall socket is used in The Cook Islands you could pack the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you needing to buy a suitable power adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and damage the device. Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This page was written to help assist visitors wanting to power their mobile phone abroad.This page has step by step instructions showing how to supply power to the mobile phone when you are in The Cook Islands using the 240 volt 50Hz Type I wall outlet. You'll find power will differ from region to region therefore we suggest reading the Oceania page for a complete list of regions and countries. When visiting The Cook Islands from another region ensure your mobile phone can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. If you intend on staying in a destination such as Avarua we recommend reading the Wikipedia.org web page about The Cook Islands [1] for more details.

These instructions are for a generic mobile phone and assume the phone has a standard micro USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and a headphone socket. For all the latest phones visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in The Cook Islands

Can you use any mobile phone in The Cook Islands?

Yes, you can connect any mobile phone to a Cook Islands power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for any mobile phone in The Cook Islands?

When travelling with more than just your mobile phone and visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for The Cook Islands to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included plugs. If your mobile phone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Cook Islands trip. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your mobile phone at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power charger online; the travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for The Cook Islands

The 4 port USB travel charger 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 these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both The Cook Islands 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 option for travellers originating from America visiting The Cook Islands.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 The Cook Islands. [5] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for any mobile phone in The Cook Islands?

Powering any mobile phone with a Cook Islands power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge any mobile phone from a Cook Islands power outlet with type B micro USB cable and a 3 pin Type I power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your mobile phone using the Cook Islands power outlet you will need to use a Type I USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type I USB power adapter into the Cook Islands power outlet. This plug supply (known as a Type I power outlet [2]) can be recognised by 3 slots for the live, neutral and earth blades.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the type B micro USB cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on any mobile phone. These instructions assume your phone uses a Micro USB type B port. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your mobile to check this is correct and visit the Mobile phones page to see if your model is listed (please note you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone for charging with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port can normally be found either on the bottom or side of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Cook Islands power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone should indicate that the device is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
Powering any mobile phone with a Cook Islands power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org web page about The Cook Islands
  2. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  3. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, under C$15.
  4. USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable - Used to connect USB devices which have a USB Mini-B port to computers, power supplies and other devices, C$10-C$15.
  5. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.