Power adapters for Tuvalu - What adapter do I need for Tuvalu?

Power adapters for Tuvalu

Various combinations of standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning on visiting a different country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Tuvalu. This page contains links to instructions showing you exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when visiting Tuvalu by using their 220 volt 50Hz Type I Tuvaluan power outlet. Most power adapters vary depending on which country you travelling to therefore we recommend that you read the Wikiconnections world power adapters list for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Tuvalu?

The best power adapter for Tuvalu is a Type I plug adapter which allows you to use any 220 volt appliance or device. [2]

What is the best power adapter for Tuvalu?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a compact and cheap plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly fit into a Tuvaluan power outlet.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor[3]

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances in Tuvalu simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Do I need a power adapter in Tuvalu?

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

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Will I need a plug adapter for Tuvalu if I'm from Canada?

If you are travelling from Canada you will need to bring a power adapter for Tuvalu as A Canadian plug won't physically fit into a Tuvaluan power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Tuvalu if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

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Can a power adapter change the voltage in Tuvalu?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Tuvaluan power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Tuvalu along with the correct power adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Tuvalu in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Tuvalu in Canada

Tuvalu 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.

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Tuvalu.
  2. Type I plug adapter - Type I plug adapters use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, estimated price C$15-C$20.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor