US to Palau power adapters - do I need a power adapter for a Palauan power outlet?

Palauan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Palau?

Bring a Type B plug adapter to Palau if your plug won't fit in a Palauan power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Palau will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Palauan power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then please read the section about how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • Certain parts of Palau do not have access to power therefore you should pack a power bank if you want to recharge your mobile phone whilst visiting a region without electricity.
  • If you intend on visiting Palau from America all US appliances and devices should charge without an adapter or a power converter. One suggestion however is to use a USB travel power adapter as it will allow you to charge multiple devices using only one power charger.
  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Palauan power outlet then it should work in Palau without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Palauan power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Palau such a Type B plug adapter. A plug adapter for Palau (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Palau, but doesn't change the voltage from 120 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 120 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Palau to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Palau if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you want to charge one or more USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Palau[3]

Warning: If your device won't handle 120 volts used in Palau you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before using your device in Palau check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Palau power adapters

Power adapters for Palau

Differing voltages and standards can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Palau. This page has links to step by step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when going to Palau using the types B or A 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. Most power adapters vary from country to country so we suggest reading our Wiki Connections global power adapters list where you'll find a full list of charging devices in different regions.

What is the best power adapter for Palau?

The best power adapter for Palau is a Type B plug adapter which will allow you to use any 120 volt appliance or device. [3]

What is the best power adapter for Palau?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug from a different region to easily slot into an electrical outlet in Palau.

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 Palauan power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different country to use their electronic and electrical appliances and devices in Palau by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Does a power adapter convert the voltage from a Palauan power outlet?

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 120 volt Palauan power outlet and doesn't convert to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 220-240 volt device you will also need to bring a more expensive step up power converter for Palau along with the right power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter for Palau?

If the shape of the Palauan power outlet isn't the same as the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a power adapter for Palau if I'm from America?

A US plug does not need a power adapter as it can fit into a Palauan power outlet.

Where to buy a power adapter for Palau in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Palau in the US

Palau to US power adapters will most likely be available in most major US 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 Hudson News or Brookstone, 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. High street electrical stores such as Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Home Depot or Fry's normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for Palau

Power Plug Adapters

A cheap and simple type B plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

American citizens using any domestic 2 pin Type A or 3 pin Type B plugs don't need to bring a plug adapter for Palau as these fit a Palauan power outlet.

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Lightweight and compact.
  • Cheapest option, with prices between $5 to $10.
  • Easy to operate.
  • Using a Type B plug adapter will work in Palau.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • 1 plug adapter per device - for each separate appliance you'll also need to use a separate power plug adapter.
  • This only alters the shape of the plug to fit in a Type B Palauan power outlet but doesn't modify the voltage used in Palau; if your device doesn't work with 120 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need to bring a separate voltage converter.
  • Accomodation in Palau might only have one power outlet, therefore you'll only be able to power a single device at once.
  • You'll also need to bring a separate USB charger as well if you need to power a USB device.
  • Should you plan on travelling to more than one country you may need to bring along more than one type of power adapter for other countries. [3]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Most models are designed to function in over 150 different countries.
  • All in one design - small and lightweight, under $15.
  • Some models will include charging ports for USB electronics built in.
  • Fairly easy to use.
  • There are some universal travel adapters that have a surge protector, this will protect any electronics from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so don't catch against other items in your luggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter will potentially be of use when you return to America as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will fit in a Palauan power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal power adapters can't be used with a high power electrical appliance; for example hair straighteners, microwaves, kettles, vacuum cleaners or hair dryers.
  • Shutters and other moving parts could be fragile on some models making them prone to failure.
  • Only provide power to one plug.
  • Not completely universal; adapters might not work in some countries with less popular outlets.
  • They lack a built in voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for non-120 volt electrical devices in Palau. [6]
Travel Power Strips

Travel power strip including plug adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Able to power more than one electronic appliance or device at once using just one power outlet, costing under $40.
  • Certain travel power strips offer voltage conversation for low wattage devices. So therefore if the appliance isn't dual voltage it will still be used with a Palauan power outlet by using only a travel power strip. This makes them a lightweight and cheap substitute for a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Normal modern power strips also include multiple USB charging ports.
  • Voltage from power grids in certain countries could be unstable, a power surge can damage your electrical items. There are some power strips which have a surge protector, this will protect any electronics from being overpowered.
  • The power strip should potentially be of use domestically as a power strip and USB charger.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Palau.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike dedicated power converters, the voltage converter on a travel power strip doesn't support high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Because of the weight of a travel power strip it might be unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips could be excessive if you only bring a small number of appliances which need charging. [7]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with swappable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect when you only need to power devices which use USB.
  • You will only have to pack one unit instead of packing lots of domestic power chargers which costs roughly under $20.
  • USB wall chargers come with interchangeable adapter heads making them useful in a large number of different locations. The interchangeable adapter heads are usually lightweight and small making them easy to store.
  • Has surge protector built in.
  • The charger will still be of use domestically.
  • The swappable heads fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work with a Palauan power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB outputs so you won't be able to charge any electrical appliances, only USB powered ones. [8]
Plug Adapter Sets

Plug adapter sets

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly between $15 to $20 an adapter set works out cheaper than purchasing multiple individual plug adapters costing almost $10 each.
  • Ensures you are covered for all countries.
  • The most flexible option if you are travelling to multiple locations.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will operate in Palau.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve some planning - prior to any trip you will need to choose which plug adapters to pack in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring every plug adapter in the set.
  • Lots individual adapters to bring.
  • All remaining power adapters will be redundant and using up space.
  • Not every plug adapter types are typically included with the set (especially rarer adapters) - so ensure that your set includes an adapter that is compatible in Palau.
  • Only alters the shape of the plug to allow it to fit in a Palauan power outlet but not the voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter has surge protection

Voltage Converters

Those originating from the USA shouldn't need to bring a converter as the voltage from a Palauan power outlet is 120 volts.

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • Only changes the 120 volts in Palau and won't change the shape of the plug to slot in a Palauan power outlet, so you will still need to use the right type of power adapter.
  • Expensive; almost $130.
  • The size and weight of most models of voltage converters makes them too heavy for carrying in hand baggage.
  • Useless when get back from Palau.
  • Usually better value and more practical to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a much more expensive power converter just in order to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance in Palau.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Palau

Type B 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 Palau Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included B 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) 45+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type B Palauan power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Useful when you return to America 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 120 volt AC appliance in Palau 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 $10 between $10 to $15 between $15 to $20 between $35 to $40 between $15 to $20 almost $100
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Palau power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Palau?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Palau?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Palau, these are type B and A with the primary power supply being type B:

  • Plug Type A - The wall socket, also known as a type A power outlet, can be recognised by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify this plug outlet by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the slightly long earth pin. [3]

Do US plugs work in Palau?

Yes, an American plug will work in Palau without needing a power converter or an adapter.

What is the electrical frequency used in a Palauan power outlet?

The frequency of the current from a Palauan power outlet is 60 Hz. [11]

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

Is the voltage in Palau the same as the US?

The voltage which comes from a Palauan power outlet is exactly the same as the US.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Palau?

Use a step up power converter if you wish to bring a 220V, 230V or 240V appliance to Palau.

Are plug sockets in Palau the same as US?

A US plug will fit into a Palauan power outlet, both the voltage range and frequency are the identical to America.

Are electrical outlets common in Palau?

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

Is electricity reliable in Palau?

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

Do I need a power bank for Palau?

Power bank for charging smartphones

Do I need a power bank for Palau?

Because some areas of Palau 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 for Palau 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 which can store enough electricity to cover over 3 full charges while a 20,000mAh portable charger 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 Palau and your laptop it supports USB-C charging then bring a portable charger for a laptop 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 or gas hair straighteners are ideal for travelling to countries with limited access to electricity like Palau.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
How well do solar chargers work in Palau?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

How well do solar chargers work in Palau?

The daylight in Palau should be suitable enough to charge solar power bank 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 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 Palau.
  • Phones that have been directly plugged into a USB charging port of a backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Palau, 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 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 Palau 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.  [4] [17] [18]

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Palau 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 Palau?

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than one device then the best travel adapter for Palau is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of plug sockets in Palau (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your device supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers and compatibility with certain power hungry devices. This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Palauan trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Palau we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis. [8]

What USB charger do I need for Palau?

Why use a travel USB charger for Palau?

  • 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 Palau.
  • 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 Palau.
  • USB chargers can accept the 120 volts used in Palau power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Palau 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 Palau 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 Palauan power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Palauan 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. [8]

What is the best USB charger for Palau?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs 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 Palau 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 Palau.
  • 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 Palau. [8]

Power converters for Palau

What is a power converter?

Power converters allow travellers to use a 220-240 volt electrical device with a 120 volt Palauan 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 Palau?

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 Palau, but an expensive and bulkier power converter converts the voltage of 120 volts from a Palauan power outlet to work with a non-120 volt device. [19]

Do I need a power converter for Palau?

If you are visiting Palau from another country ensure that your device can accept a 120 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter if you are visiting Palau from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 120 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 120 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (such as 230 volts) and then used with 120 volts sometimes take longer to charge or simply won't turn on. If your device doesn't power up or recharges slowly when travelling to Palau from a different country then check that it can be used with a 120 volt Palauan power outlet or you will need to use a step up power converter.
  • You won't need a power converter if you need to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter.
  • It should be more cost effective to bring a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier high wattage power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read these travel guides on using curling irons, clothes irons, flat irons and blow dryers in Palauan power outlets , along with recommendations on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]

Do I need a power converter for Palau if I'm travelling from America?

You won't need to use a power converter because the voltage in Palau is in the same 100-120V range as America. [10]

What converter do I need for Palau?

You need to use a step up power converter which will allow you to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance with a 120 volt Palauan power outlet. [10]

What voltage does Palau use?

Palau uses 120 volts in their standard power outlets. [2]

https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/

How to convert 120 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 120 volt Palauan 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 Palau before plugging that into a Palauan 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 from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 120 volt Palauan power outlet. [10]
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?

The best way to see if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the existing power adapter, or on the unit itself, normally on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance and could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might say a specific number - such as 240V.
  • 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 typically say a large 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 Palau?

Which type of adapter will you need to bring to Palau?

The type of power converter which is suitable for Palau is dependant on your requirements. Before deciding the right one to bring we recommend using the following checklist:

How many devices will you be taking to Palau?

Family may need to recharge devices too

How many devices will you be taking to Palau?

  • Try adding up how many items you intended on bringing with you to Palau (such as tablets, laptops, cell phones, eReaders, hair dryers or clothes irons).
    • Remember to allow for more electrical devices at a later date. Do you intend on purchasing a new laptop computer soon?
    • There is an increasing amount of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise a USB port as a power source. The if you buy a new device it might need a USB adapter so remember to ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these too.
  • Are you bringing family to Palau that will need to charge their iPads?
What different types of devices do you need to charge?

Make a list of items you need

What different types of devices do you need to charge?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic devices that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example cameras or laptops.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example curling irons and hair straighteners.
    • USB electrical devices that can be plugged into a USB port - for example phones.
  • Should you only intend to bring along just USB powered devices then a travel USB wall charger is ideal because you'll only have to bring that single lightweight charger rather than having to pack numerous domestic chargers.
  • A travel power strip is made for powering and converting voltage for many low wattage devices (such as cameras), but unsuitable for high wattage appliances which need voltage conversion and could potentially overload it.
How many Palauan power outlets are available?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many Palauan power outlets are available?

  • Accommodation might only offer a single wall outlet. This will be a problem if charging batteries of multiple devices such as tablets, phones or laptops overnight as you can only recharge a single device at a time then need to keep swapping after each device has charged.
  • If you wish to charge more than one device simultaneously then look to packing a travel power strip or travel USB wall charger that can power multiple USB ports and power outlets. [7]

Do your devices only work with 120 volt power outlets?

Are you only charging USB devices?

Are you only charging USB devices

Are you only charging USB devices?

Are you planning on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

How much can you afford?

  • A cheap power adapter starts at under $10 which will charge one device from a Palauan power outlet (providing that works with 120 volts or it is dual voltage), but investing in anywhere between $10 to $15 means you can charge multiple devices at once and be able to use them in various different countries.

Is Palau the only country you intend on visiting?

How long will it take to fly to Palau?

Arriving at an airport

How long will it take to fly to Palau?

  • For long journeys think about bringing an appropriate charger which is ideal for airports that can be used with different power outlet types, one which is small enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can be used to top up tablets and phones.
  • As not all flights actually have power outlets for customers please consider bringing a battery portable charger which will recharge on the go. After arriving you may need to use a phone to make a call, sending emails , using sat nav or viewing your itinerary; ensure that your phone has enough charge remaining. [4]

Do you still need use your charger when returning to America?

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

What can I connect to a Palauan power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Palauan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Palauan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Palauan power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Palauan power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a Palauan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Palauan power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Palau, 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 - Palau Wikipedia page.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - US and Japanese 3 pinned Type B plug adapters have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades containing holes in each blade, priced under $10.
  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, costs under $50.
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. 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, priced at between $10 to $15.
  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 $40.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing between $15 to $20.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, priced between $15 to $20.
  10. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet, priced between $120 to $130.
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, estimated price between $100 to $110.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, estimated price between $25 to $30.
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, under $35.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, estimated cost between $45 to $50.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, under $130.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, under $100.
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, estimated cost between $20 to $25.
  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, between $90 to $100.
  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, between $130 to $140.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -