Do I need a power converter for Micronesia?

What does a power converter for Micronesia do?

Power converters for Micronesia enable you to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt electric device with a 120 volt Micronesian 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?

An expensive and heavy power converter [3] transforms the voltage of 120 volts from a Micronesian power outlet to work with a non-120 volt device, however a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Micronesia.

Do I need a power converter for Micronesia?

If travelling to Micronesia from a different region make sure that the device will accept a 120 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [4] if you are travelling from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 120 volts. See our WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to discover the 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.
  • Normally devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts and then used in a 120 volt outlet 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 Micronesia from another country then check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply otherwise you will need to bring a step up power converter [4].
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however please always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [5].
  • Investing a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than investing in a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in Micronesia.
  • Read these comprehensive guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling wands, hairdryers and flat irons with Micronesian power outlets which includes advice on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

What kind of converter do I need for Micronesia?

You need to buy a step up power converter [4] in order to use any 220-240 volt appliance in a 120 volt Micronesian power outlet.

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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.

What voltage does Micronesia use?

Micronesia uses 120 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 120 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 120 volt Micronesian 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 Micronesia before plugging that into a Micronesian 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 Micronesian power outlet.
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The easiest method to tell if your appliance is either single voltage or dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power adapter or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your device, it could also state on the box.

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

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federated_States_of_Micronesia - wikipedia web page about Micronesia.
  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, estimated cost £15-£20.
  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, estimated cost £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, priced at around £15.