Nauru power adapters - what plugs are used in Nauru?

Nauruan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Nauru?

You'll need to pack a Type I plug adapter [3] for Nauru if your plug won't fit in a Nauruan power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Nauru will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Nauruan power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device can use then read the section below on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • Certain parts of Nauru 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're from America travelling to Nauru then you will need to bring a plug adapter to fit a US plug in a Nauruan power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Nauru use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Nauruan power outlet then you can use it in Nauru.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Nauruan power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Nauru such a Type I plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Nauru (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Nauru, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 240 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Nauru to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Nauru if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type I plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power your USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it will work with any voltage, but make sure that you bring one which has a Type I plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Nauru.

Warning: If your device won't handle 240 volts used in Nauru you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before using your device in Nauru check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Nauru power adapters

Power adapters for Nauru

Varying different standards and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to visit another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Nauru. This page has links to step-by-step instructions showing you how to supply power to your devices when staying in Nauru using the 240 volt 50Hz I Type Nauruan power supply. You'll discover power adapters vary depending on which region you are in therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Nauru?

The best power adapter for Nauru is a Type I plug adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 240 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Nauru?

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 Nauru.

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 Nauruan power outlet do?

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

Do I need a power adapter for Nauru?

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

Will I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Nauru from the US?

US plugs won't fit in a Nauruan power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Nauru, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Nauru if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a Nauruan power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Nauruan power outlet and can't convert to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device you will also need a more expensive step down power converter for Nauru along with the right type of adapter.

Nauru power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Nauru?

Type I power outlet

What plug sockets are used in Nauru?

Type I power sockets are used in Nauru. You can identify the power outlet by the three slots for the live, neutral and earth.

Do US plugs work in Nauru?

No - a US plug won't work in Nauru because it won't fit in a Nauruan power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 240 volts therefore use a power converter for Nauru if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Nauru?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V appliance in Nauru.

What is the electrical frequency used in Nauru?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Nauruan power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is a plug socket in Nauru the same as in the US?

A US plug won't fit in a Nauruan power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Nauru. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Nauru and check that it works with 50hz.

Is the voltage in Nauru the same as in the US?

The voltage in Nauru is 240 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your US appliance or power charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Nauruan power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

Are electrical outlets common in Nauru?

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

Is electricity reliable in Nauru?

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

Do I need a power bank for Nauru?

A USB power bank for charging smartphones

Do I need a power bank for Nauru?

Because some areas of Nauru 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 Nauru 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 Nauru 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 Nauru.
How well do solar chargers work in Nauru?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

How well do solar chargers work in Nauru?

The daylight in Nauru 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 Nauru.
  • Phones that have been directly plugged into a USB charging port of a backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Nauru, 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 Nauru 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.

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Nauru 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 Nauru?

  • 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 Nauru.
  • 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 Nauru.
  • USB chargers can accept the 240 volts used in Nauru power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Nauru 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 Nauru 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 Nauruan power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Nauruan 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 Nauru?

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 Nauru 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 Nauru.
  • 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 Nauru.

Power converters for Nauru

What does a power converter for Nauru do?

A power converter for Nauru will allow travellers to use their 100, 110 or 120 volt electric appliance with a 240 volt Nauruan 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 Nauru?

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 Nauru, but an expensive and bulkier power converter [14] converts the voltage of 240 volts from a Nauruan power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Nauru?

If visiting Nauru from a different country please check the device can be used with a 240 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [15] is needed if you are visiting Nauru from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 240 volts. Read our list of world power outlets guide to see which voltage is used in your country.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage appliance that works with 240 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 120 volts) and then used with 240 volts run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [15] is used.
  • You won't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16] which allows the appliance to be used with a 240 volt Nauruan power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier high wattage power converter to Nauru simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read these comprehensive guides on how to use curling irons, clothes irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners in Nauruan power outlets , along with recommendations on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for Nauru if I'm visiting from America?

The 240 volts from a power outlet in Nauru is different to a 110 volt US outlet, therefore you need to use a step down power converter [15] if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Nauru?

To use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 240 volt Nauruan power outlet you will need to buy a step down power converter [15].

What voltage does Nauru use?

Nauru uses 240 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 240 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 240 volt Nauruan 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 Nauru before plugging that into a Nauruan 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 240 volt Nauruan 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 Nauruan power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Nauruan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Nauruan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Nauruan power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Nauruan power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a Nauruan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Nauruan power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Nauru, 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/Nauru - Nauru Wikipedia page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type I plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type I 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