Reunion power adapters - what plugs are used in Reunion?

Reunionese power outlet

What adapter do I need for Reunion?

Bring a Type E plug adapter [3] to Reunion if the plug you intend on using won't fit into a Reunionese power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Reunion all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Reunionese power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If you're from America visiting Reunion you will need to bring a power adapter to fit a US plug into a Reunionese power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Reunion you will also need to use a power converter for Reunion if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Reunionese power outlet then you can use it in Reunion.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Reunionese power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Reunion such a Type E plug adapter [3]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Reunion (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Reunion, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Reunion to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Reunion if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you only want to bring one or more USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type E plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Reunion.
  • Excessive use of a cellphone during a vacation to Reunion can leave you with a flat battery quickly, we suggest bringing a power bank [4] if you need to recharge your mobile phone or other USB powered devices whilst visiting an unknown location.

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

Reunion power adapters

Power adapters for Reunion

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Reunion. This page has links to instructions which shows how to charge your devices when visiting Reunion by using the standard 220 volt 50Hz Type E Reunionese wall outlet, the Reunionnais will use CEE 7/5 French sockets for wall outlets. You will discover that power adapters change depending on which region you are travelling to therefore we suggest reading the power adapters for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Reunion?

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

What is the best power adapter for Reunion?

What is a power adapter for a Reunionese power outlet?

A power adapter for Reunion is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits a Reunionese power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another country.

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

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Reunion?

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Reunionese power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt device then you will also need a step down power converter along with the correct power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for Reunion?

This depends on the shape of plug you want to use in Reunion.

Do I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Reunion from America?

If you are visiting from the US then you will need to bring a plug adapter for Reunion because US plugs won't fit into a Reunionese power outlet, and as the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Reunion if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

What does a power adapter for Reunion do?

A power adapter for Reunion allows visitors from a different country to use electronic and electrical devices in Reunion by adapting the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Reunion power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Reunion?

Type E power outlets are used in Reunion. This round wall outlet can be identified by two large circular adjacent holes with a long metal grounding pin protruding from the top to form a triangular shape.

What plug sockets are used in Reunion?

Do US plugs work in Reunion?

No; a US plug won't work in Reunion because it doesn't fit in a Reunionese power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is 220 volts so use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

Is the voltage in Reunion the same as the US?

The voltage from a Reunionese power outlet is 220 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your American appliance or power charger doesn't support dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for Reunion which can change the voltage from 220 volts to 120 volts.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Reunion?

Use a step down power converter if you need to use a 110 volt appliance in a Reunionese power outlet.

Are outlets in Reunion the same as in the US?

An American plug won't fit in a Reunionese power outlet so use a power adapter for Reunion. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Reunion and ensure that it works with 50hz.

What electrical frequency is used with a Reunionese power outlet?

The frequency from a Reunionese power outlet is 50 Hz.

Should I bring a power bank to Reunion?

A USB power bank for charging cell phones

Should I bring a power bank to Reunion?

It is always recommended to pack a portable charger to recharge cell phones and other USB powered devices whilst travelling.

  • Whilst travelling increased use of mobile phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, GPS, social networks and staying entertained can syphon off power towards the end of the day. Beyond the inconvenience of missing photograph opportunities a flat mobile phone battery can possibly leave you stranded without sufficient power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to find your way back to accommodation or hotel. Using a power bank [4] eases those concerns as it means you can power up your cell phone without needing a Reunionese power outlet.
  • A 10,000mAh power bank [4] will supply enough power to power over three full days of mobile phone use while a 20,000mAh portable charger [9] should keep a typical mobile phone powered for almost 7 days.
  • As long as your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then packing a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20Wh or more can be used to recharge your laptop. Please note that some airlines don't allow you bring batteries 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 powered items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] can be used for travelling.
Will a solar charger work in Reunion?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Will a solar charger work in Reunion?

The climate in Reunion should be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank [12] dependably, however it will need to be exposed to strong sunlight in order to provide adequate energy for a single charge. This might prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The larger solar cells used on a solar backpack [11] will give the backpack the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time and should also generate a smaller charge when cloudy, making them ideal for the climate in Reunion.
  • A device that has been directly plugged into the USB charging port of a solar backpack can gradually recharge the power during sunny spells in Reunion, but might be inconvenient to have it continuously connected in the bag during the day should it be needed constantly. A normal power bank [4] plugged in a solar backpack can be continuously recharged during the day, afterwards the phone can be powered up using the power bank without being attached to the bag.
  • Although the sunlight in Reunion is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and includes a power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • Unlike normal solid solar panels, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to endure bending and scratches. Solar bags are available in backpack, messenger and rucksack styles making them ideal for domestic, travel and work use.

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Reunion 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.

Why use a travel USB charger for Reunion?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 separate power chargers it becomes only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 individual devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your luggage.
  • Travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types making them perfect if travelling across multiple countries across Africa which are likely to use a different outlet to Reunion.
  • Good chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Reunion.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Reunion power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that accommodation or hotel rooms in Reunion might only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Due to their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets before a flight can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Reunion could prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB chargers also feature power outlet strips to use low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our section on using travel appliances in Reunion for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Reunionese power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Some mobile phones could require more than the usual 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices draw additional power.
  • Travel USB chargers can also be useful back at home by recharging multiple cell phones and tablets on a daily basis using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Reunion?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Reunion and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Reunion.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 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 Reunion.

Power converters for Reunion

What does a power converter for a Reunionese power outlet do?

A power converter enables you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt Reunionese power outlet.

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

What is the difference between a power adapter and a power converter for Reunion?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Reunion, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [14] transforms a 220 volt Reunionese power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Reunion?

When you are travelling to Reunion from another region please ensure the device can be charged using a 220 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [15] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device is incompatible with 220 volts. See the world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are already using either a 220 volt single voltage appliance or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which are designed to use a lower voltage (for example 120 volts) and used in a 220 volt outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless you use a step down power converter [15].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as clothes irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16].
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than carrying a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our guides on using clothes irons, curling wands, hair straighteners and blow dryers with a Reunionese power outlet , along with advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Reunion if I'm visiting from the US?

The voltage from a plug outlet in Reunion is different to a 110 volt US outlet so use a step down power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Reunion?

You will need to buy a step down power converter [15] which allows you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in a 220 volt Reunionese power outlet.

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 Reunionese 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 Reunion before plugging that into a Reunionese 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 Reunionese 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 Reunion?

Reunion uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets.

How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

The way to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug or on the device itself, normally on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord goes. This location might depend on the make and model of your appliance and could also state in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to a Reunionese power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Reunionese power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Reunionese power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Reunionese power outlet

Mobile phones which can connect to the Reunionese power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Reunionese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Reunionese power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Reunion, 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/R%C3%A9union - Reunion country page on wikipedia.org.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E 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