Canada to New Caledonia power adapters - do you need to bring a plug adapter to New Caledonia?

New Caledonian power outlet

What adapter do I need for New Caledonia?

You need to bring a Type F plug adapter 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. 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[3]
  • An increase in use of a cellphone during a trip can create an additional demand on the battery, we recommend bringing a portable charger 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

Different standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning to visit another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this guide 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 exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when going to New Caledonia using the standard F or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You will discover power is different regionally therefore please read the power adapters for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for New Caledonia?

The best power adapter for New Caledonia will be a Type F power adapter which will allow you to use any 220 volt device or appliance. [3]

What is the best power adapter for New Caledonia?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and cheap plastic adapters that permit a New Caledonian power outlet to accept a different shaped power plug from a different country. [5]

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 can't convert to a different 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?

It depends on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you want to use in New Caledonia.

New Caledonia

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

A Canadian plug won't fit into a New Caledonian power outlet therefore you will need to use a power adapter for New Caledonia, and because the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for New Caledonia to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

New Caledonia

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for a New Caledonian power outlet enables visitors travelling from another country to use their own electronic devices in New Caledonia by changing the shape of the plug.

Where to buy a power adapter for New Caledonia in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for New Caledonia in Canada

New Caledonia to Canadian power adapters will most likely be available in most major Canadian International 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 such as Relay, The Source or 6&Sundry, but expect to pay 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. Best Buy, Costco, Home Depot and other high street electrical stores normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for New Caledonia

Travel USB Wall Chargers

A compact USB travel wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect if you only need to charge USB devices such as iPads, phones or MP3 players.
  • You only have to bring a single charger instead of carrying lots of domestic power chargers which costs on average C$15-C$20.
  • USB wall chargers are typically supplied with interchangeable heads which make them useful in a large number of different locations. The interchangeable adapter heads are usually small and lightweight making them easy to store in hand luggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers have a surge protector built in which will protect any electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The charger will still be useful back home.
  • The interchangeable plugs will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work in a New Caledonian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB ports so you will be unable to charge any electrical appliances, only USB powered devices. [6]
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering more than one electrical appliance or device simultaneously from only a single power outlet, costing C$25-C$30.
  • Some types of travel power strips will convert voltage for low wattage electronics. So therefore if your appliance isn't dual voltage it can still function with a New Caledonian power outlet by using just a travel power strip, making them a lightweight and cheaper substitute for a power converter.
  • Typical travel power strips also feature multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain countries can be unstable, a sudden surge in power might damage your electrical items. Some models also include a surge protector which will prevent your device from being overloaded.
  • When you get back home the power strip will still be of use.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in New Caledonia.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The conversion on travel power strips won't support high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners and curling irons.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be too heavy for hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be excessive for some travellers only bringing a small number of devices and appliances which need charging. [7]
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. Typical models will work in over 150 different countries.
  • An all-in-one compact design which is both small and lightweight, around C$25.
  • Some models have USB charging ports.
  • Easy to use.
  • Some models have a surge protector to prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so won't get caught against other items when packed in your luggage.
  • When you return to Canada it will still be of use as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should work with a New Caledonian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Cannot be used with high powered appliances such as hair straighteners, microwaves, vacuum cleaners or hair dryers.
  • Shutters, pins and moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel adapters making them likely to possibily fail whilst abroad.
  • Universal adapters only charge a single appliance.
  • Not completely universal, some models might not cover certain countries with less popular outlets.
  • Universal travel power adapters lack a built in power converter meaning they're not suitable for non-220 volt appliances in New Caledonia. [8]
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type F plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Affordable, with prices under C$20.
  • Simple to operate.
  • Bringing a Type F plug adapter will be ideal for New Caledonia.
  • Light and compact.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • 1 plug adapter per plug - for every device you'll also need to pack a separate adapter.
  • A plug adapter only modifies the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type F New Caledonian power outlet but doesn't modify the actual voltage - if your appliance doesn't support 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need to pack a voltage converter.
  • Should you intend to visit more than just one country you may need to bring along multiple power adapter types.
  • If you wish to power a USB device then you also still need to pack your domestic USB charger as well.
  • Accomodation in New Caledonia may only have one power outlet available, so you will only be able to power a single device at a time. [3]
Plug Adapter Sets

A plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly C$20-C$25 a power adapter set typically works out more economical than buying multiple individual plug adapters costing almost C$10 each.
  • Covers every eventuality.
  • The most flexible option for travellers visiting different countries.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should work in New Caledonia.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible - you'll have to choose which adapters they'll need in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each adapter type along.
  • Means lots of individual adapters to pack.
  • All remaining plug adapters will be useless using up space.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included (and especially the less common ones) - so ensure that your plug adapter set includes one which works in New Caledonia.
  • A plug adapter only modifies the shape of the plug but not the voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • Only changes the 220 volts in New Caledonia and won't change the actual shape of the plug to fit in a New Caledonian power outlet, therefore you'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for New Caledonia.
  • The size of most models makes them impractical for hand baggage.
  • An expensive converter won't be of any use after your visit to New Caledonia.
  • It's often better value and more practical to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive voltage converter simply in order to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance abroad.
  • Expensive; C$110-C$120.
  • Canadians visiting New Caledonia will need a power converter as the voltage from a New Caledonian power outlet is 220 volts. [10]

Comparison of electrical adapters for New Caledonia

Type F 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 New Caledonia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included F 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) 70+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type F New Caledonian power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type F plug adapter required to fit in a New Caledonian power outlet Yes
Useful when you return to Canada 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 New Caledonia 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 C$20 C$25-C$30 C$15-C$20 C$25-C$30 C$20-C$25 almost C$80
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

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 types of power supply used in New Caledonia, these are type F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the wall outlet by the 2 circular holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins sit.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise this power socket by two large adjacent holes for live and neutral pins along with a pair of metal grounding clips on the top and bottom. [3]

Do Canadian plugs work in New Caledonia?

No - a Canadian plug won't work in New Caledonia because it doesn't fit into a New Caledonian power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is 220 volts therefore please use a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

New Caledonia

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.

New Caledonia

Is the voltage in New Caledonia the same as Canada?

The voltage from a New Caledonian power outlet is 220 volts, but 120 volts is used in Canada. If your Canadian appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you need a suitable power converter for a New Caledonian power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

New Caledonia

What frequency is used in a New Caledonian power outlet?

The frequency of the current from a New Caledonian power outlet is 50 Hz. [11]

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

Are outlets in New Caledonia the same as Canada?

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

New Caledonia

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.

New Caledonia

What is access to electrical power like in New Caledonia?

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

New Caledonia

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 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 will store enough energy to power over 3 full charges and a 20,000mAh portable charger 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 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 or gas hair straighteners can be used for travelling.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Do I need a power bank for New Caledonia?
Will a solar battery charger work in New Caledonia?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Will a solar battery charger work in New Caledonia?

The climate in New Caledonia will be suitable enough to charge solar power bank 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 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 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.  [4] [17] [18]

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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. 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 which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis. [6]

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. [6]

What is the best USB charger for New Caledonia?

A 4 port USB travel charger 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. [6]

Power converters for New Caledonia

What is a power converter for New Caledonia?

A power converter allows travellers to use their 100, 110 or 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 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. [19]

Do I need a power converter for New Caledonia?

When visiting New Caledonia from another country make sure that the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling to New Caledonia from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 220 volts. Read our list of world power outlets page to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 220 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices which are designed to use a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and then used in a 220 volt power outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or mobile phone as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, however please always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as hair dryers or clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier 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 much heavier high wattage power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive travel guides on travelling with curling irons, clothes irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners in New Caledonia , along with guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]

Will I need a power converter for New Caledonia if I'm travelling from Canada?

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

New Caledonia

What converter do I need for New Caledonia?

You will need to buy a step down power converter to use any 100-120 volt appliance with a 220 volt New Caledonian power outlet. [10]

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 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. [10]
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 standard power outlets. [2]

New Caledonia
https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my device?

The easiest way to tell if a device is single voltage or dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the existing charger, or on the unit itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. The location will depend on the make or model of your unit, it could also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might say a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say 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 larger 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 New Caledonia?

Which type of adapter do I need for New Caledonia?

The plug adapter or power converter that is suitable for New Caledonia depends on various requirements, before choosing which adapter to bring we recommend using the following checklist:

What different types of devices do you want to use with a New Caledonian power outlet?

Will you need to power appliances

What different types of devices do you want to use with a New Caledonian power outlet?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic devices which plug into a power outlet - for example a camera.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that plug into a power outlet - for example hair dryers and curling irons.
    • USB electrical devices which charge with a USB port - for example cell phones.
  • Should you only intend to take just USB powered devices to New Caledonia then a simple travel USB wall charger is ideal because you will only need to pack one charger whilst leaving your domestic chargers at home.
  • A travel power strip is built for powering and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices, but unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) which require voltage conversion.
How many electrical devices are you bringing to New Caledonia?

How much are you packing

How many electrical devices are you bringing to New Caledonia?

  • List how many applicances and devices you intended on bringing with you to New Caledonia (including tablets, laptops, cell phones, eReaders, hair straighteners and curling irons).
    • Take into account that you might own more electrical devices in the future. Are you thinking about buying a new laptop computer soon?
    • There is a growing number of USB powered rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise USB charging for their power source, the if you buy a new device it could use a USB power adapter so please check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports for these as well.
  • Are you also bringing family along who will need to charge their devices too?

Do your appliances and devices work with a 220 volt power outlet?

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

Are you only charging USB items

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

  • If you intend to bring USB devices such as mobile phones or cameras to use in New Caledonia then it is recommended to just pack a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter then you'll still need to pack your domestic USB power charger as well. [6]
How many power outlets will be available when you arrive in New Caledonia?

Are multiple outlets available

How many power outlets will be available when you arrive in New Caledonia?

  • Accommodation in New Caledonia might offer only a single power outlet on the wall. This will present an issue when charging multiple items such as mobile phones, tablet computers and laptops overnight as you'll only be able to charge a single device at a time then have to swap every few hours.
  • If you need to recharge multiple devices simultaneously then we suggest bringing either a travel power strip or USB wall charger that are capable of charging multiple USB ports or power outlets. [7]

How much can you afford to pay?

  • A cheap power adapter starts from around under C$10 to charge a single device from a New Caledonian power outlet (providing that it is dual voltage or works with 220 volts) but investing in anywhere C$25-C$30 means you can power more than one device at once and be able to use them in various different countries.

Do you plan on visiting countries other than New Caledonia?

  • A simple power adapter only typically operates in the one country which it is made for, therefore if you want to travel to more than just one country then you'll need to carry additional plug adapters which in turn adds to the weight you'll have to carry.
  • Alternatively, travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are made for going to more than one country becuase of their interchangeable heads.

Do you plan to visit elsewhere in the future?

Are you intending to bring hand luggage?

Are you only using hand luggage

Are you intending to bring hand luggage?

How long will it take to get to New Caledonia?

How long does it take to fly

How long will it take to get to New Caledonia?

  • If you're embarking on a long flight to get to New Caledonia consider bringing an airport-friendly power charger that can be used with different power outlet types, one which can be carried in hand luggage and can power phones and tablets before a long flight.
  • Not all airlines and airports actually have power outlets for customers so think about using a battery portable charger which will recharge on the go. When arriving in New Caledonia you could need to rely on a phone to make a telephone call, sending emails , using mapping or viewing an itinerary; please ensure that your phone will have ample power left. [4]

Would you like to use your charger when returning to Canada?

Are you visiting another country with reliable access to power?

  • Power in New Caledonia is generally stable however if you want to go to other countries you might need an electrical adapter which offers protection to your devices. The electricity will often fluctuate in some other regions which might potentially cause damage to your devices, it is advisable to look for an adapter which offers built in surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • You can prepare for limited electricity or power cuts by bringing a solar backpack or portable charger.  [4] [4] [17]

What can I connect to a New Caledonian power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a New Caledonian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a New Caledonian power outlet

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 travellers 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[21]

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. Wikipedia - New Caledonian country entry on wikipedia.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type F plug adapter - Schuko Type F plug adapters are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, estimated cost C$15-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, under C$50.
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.
  7. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, under C$30.
  8. 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, estimated cost C$25-C$30.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, C$20-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, under C$120.
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, C$200-C$210.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, around C$50.
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, under C$40.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, costing C$45-C$50.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, priced at C$120-C$130.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, costs under C$130.
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, priced 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, estimated price under C$80.
  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, costs C$270-C$280.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -