Power converters for French Polynesia

What is a power converter for a French Polynesian power outlet?

A power converter for French Polynesia will allow you to use a 220-240 volt electric device with a 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet.

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

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter for French Polynesia?

An expensive and bulky power converter [3] will convert a 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet to work with a non-110 volt appliance, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet in French Polynesia.

Do I need a power converter for French Polynesia?

If travelling to French Polynesia from another country check your device can accept a 110 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [4] if you are travelling from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device or appliance isn't compatible with 110 volts. Read our world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already own either a 110 volt appliance or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage (such as 230 volts) and used with 110 volts may take longer to charge or simply won't turn on. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to French Polynesia from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet or you will need to use a step up power converter [4].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to power a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [5] which allows the appliance to be used with a 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to bring a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to carry a much heavier high wattage power converter to French Polynesia just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our guides on using curling irons, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in French Polynesia which includes recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

What kind of converter do I need for French Polynesia?

You will need to use a step up power converter [4] which will allow you to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in a 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet.

What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a 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.

How to convert 110 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [4] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 110 volt French Polynesian 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 French Polynesia before plugging that into a French Polynesian 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 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet.

What voltage is used in French Polynesia?

French Polynesia uses 110 volts in their normal power outlets.

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Single voltage hair straighteners

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

The easiest method to tell if your device is dual or single voltage is to check for numbers printed on the charger, or on the device itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make or model of your device, it should also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might say a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have 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 larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Polynesia - French Polynesia Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. 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, under £110.
  4. 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, £80-£90.
  5. 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, £100-£110.