UK to New Zealand power adapters - what power adapter do I need for a New Zealand power outlet?

New Zealand power outlet

What adapter do I need for New Zealand?

You will need to pack a Type I plug adapter for New Zealand if your plug doesn't fit in a New Zealand power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting New Zealand all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use with a New Zealand power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device can use then please read the section below on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you're from America and visiting New Zealand then you will need to use a power adapter to fit a US plug in a New Zealand power outlet. As the voltage is different in New Zealand you also need to pack a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a New Zealand power outlet then you can use it in New Zealand without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a New Zealand power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for New Zealand such a Type I plug adapter. A plug adapter for New Zealand (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in New Zealand, but doesn't convert the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for New Zealand to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for New Zealand if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type I plug adapter.
  • If you only need to bring USB devices such as a mobile phone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose one which has a Type I plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for New Zealand[3] [AD]
  • Excessive use of a cellphone during a trip will leave you with a flat battery quickly, we recommend bringing a portable charger if you want to recharge your mobile phone or other devices whilst travelling to an unknown country.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before using your device in New Zealand please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

New Zealand power adapters

Power adapters for New Zealand

When planning a vacation it can be useful to know if you'll be able to power any indispensable devices that you'll be bringing along with you. However, by not knowing which power socket is being used you could end up either weighing your suitcases down with too many spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you need it. Varying complicated standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in New Zealand. This page has links to instructions which shows exactly how to charge your devices when you're travelling to New Zealand using the standard 230 volt 50Hz I Type plug outlet, with the New Zealanders using a special AS/NZS 3112 plug for wall outlets. Most power sockets will change depending on which country you are travelling to therefore we suggest reading the travel power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for New Zealand?

The best power adapter for New Zealand is a Type I power adapter which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance. [3] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for New Zealand?

What is a power adapter for a New Zealand power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different shaped power plug on an appliance from another region to fit into a power socket in New Zealand.

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

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a New Zealand power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt New Zealand power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device you also need to bring a step down power converter for New Zealand along with the correct power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter in New Zealand?

It depends on the country you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are attempting to use.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter allows visitors travelling from another country to use electrical appliances and devices in New Zealand simply by altering the shape of the plug.

Where to buy a power adapter in New Zealand

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in New Zealand

On arrival power adapters could be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

Where to buy a power adapter for New Zealand in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for New Zealand in the UK

New Zealand to UK power adapters will most likely be available to buy in the UK from airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham 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 WH Smith, Dixons or Boots but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. UK high street electrical shops, newsagents and chemists such as Currys PC World, WH Smith or Boots normally typically only sell popular types of travel adapters covering a limited number of countries however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online. In January 2019 we checked 2 high street branches of WH Smiths without seeing any power adapters available to purchase and 1 branch of Boots only had a pack of European adapters available.

Electrical adapters for New Zealand

Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Useful when visiting to multiple countries. Typical models are designed to function in around 150 countries.
  • All in one compact design, small and lightweight for around £15.
  • There are some models which have multiple charging ports for USB devices built in.
  • Easy to use.
  • Some universal travel power adapters also include a surge protector built in to protect any electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so won't catch against other items in baggage.
  • When you return home it could still work as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit into a New Zealand power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal travel power adapters will overload when used with a high powered electrical appliance such as hair straighteners, vacuum cleaners, kettles, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • The pins, shutters and other moving parts could be fragile on some universal travel adapters which might make them prone to jamming when travelling.
  • Only charges one appliance.
  • Might not work in some countries, adapters might not work in certain countries with less common outlets.
  • Missing a built in power converter means it won't be suitable for electrical appliances which don't support 230 volts in New Zealand. [6] [AD]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A compact USB travel wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal for situations when you only need to power USB devices such as tablets, iPhones and MP3 players.
  • Rather than carry lots of domestic power chargers you only have to bring one unit which costs on average under £15.
  • Chargers come with interchangeable heads meaning they can be used in a large number of countries. The interchangeable adapter heads are usually lightweight and small which makes them easy to store.
  • Has surge protection.
  • The charger can still be useful domestically.
  • Interchangeable heads fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in a New Zealand power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB ports so you will be unable to power any appliances, only USB powered devices. [7] [AD]
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type I plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Bringing a Type I plug adapter will work in New Zealand.
  • Simple to use.
  • Cheapest option, prices £5-£10.
  • Light and small.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Should you intend on visiting more than just New Zealand then you might need to bring more than one type of plug adapter.
  • Adapter only changes the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type I New Zealand power outlet and doesn't modify the actual voltage. So if your device doesn't work with a 230 volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage you'll also need to pack a voltage converter.
  • Only 1 plug adapter for each plug - for each device or appliance you will also need to bring a separate power plug adapter.
  • Your accomodation might only have a single power outlet, so you will only be able to charge one appliance at once.
  • If you wish to charge a USB device then you also still need to pack your USB charger. [3] [AD]
Travel Power Strips

Travel power strips including adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is able to charge more than one electronic appliance at the same time via one New Zealand power outlet, costing under £40.
  • Some models are able to convert voltage for low wattage electronics such as laptops. So even if the appliance isn't dual voltage it should still function with a New Zealand power outlet by using a travel power strip. This will make them a lightweight and cheaper alternative to a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Some modern travel power strips feature a number of USB charge ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain countries can be tempremental, a sudden power surge will damage electronics. There are some travel power strips that include a built in surge protector which will prevent your electronics from being overpowered.
  • When you return home it should still be of use as a power strip and USB charger.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The conversion on travel power strips doesn't work with higher wattage appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Due to their size power strips might be too heavy for hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be considered excessive for travellers with only a small number of appliances to power. [8] [AD]
  • Power strip models for sale in the UK only include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you may need to use it along with an additional plug adapter to work in some countries.
Plug Adapter Sets

A plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly £5-£10 a power adapter set works out cheaper than purchasing individual power plug adapters for multiple trips costing almost £10 each.
  • By bringing every type of plug adapter ensures that you are covered for all plug outlet types and not just a New Zealand power outlet.
  • Ideal if you are visiting multiple countries.
  • A set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will work in New Zealand.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; before any trip you'll have to decide which adapters to bring in advance, or alternatively pack every power adapter in the set with you.
  • Means lots of individual adapters to pack.
  • With only a single functioning plug adapter working in New Zealand the remaining plug adapters will be redundant.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included (especially rarer ones), so ensure that your plug adapter set has one that is compatible with a New Zealand power outlet.
  • Only alters the shape of the plug but doesn't modify the actual voltage. [9] [AD]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter has surge protection

Voltage Converters

Those travelling from the UK will not need to use a converter as the voltage in New Zealand is 230 volts.

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter only changes the 230 volts from a New Zealand power outlet and won't change the shape of the plug to fit into a New Zealand power outlet, therefore you will still need to pack the correct type of plug adapter.
  • The size and weight of most models makes them unsuitable for carrying in carry-on luggage.
  • An expensive power converter won't be useful after your trip to New Zealand.
  • Often much cheaper to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive voltage converter just in order to power your existing single voltage appliance in New Zealand.
  • Expensive - £80-£90.

Comparison of electrical adapters for New Zealand

Type I 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 New Zealand Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included I 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) 20+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type I New Zealand power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type I plug adapter required to fit in a New Zealand power outlet Yes
Useful when you return to the UK 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 230 volt AC appliance in New Zealand 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 £15-£20 £10-£15 £35-£40 £5-£10 almost £110
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

New Zealand power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in New Zealand?

Type I power outlet

What plug sockets are used in New Zealand?

Type I power outlets are used in New Zealand. You can recognise this power socket by the 3 slots forming a triangle configuration with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top pair of slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth blades. [3] [AD]

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in New Zealand?

Use a step down power converter should you need to use a 110V or 120V appliance in a New Zealand power outlet.

What is the electrical frequency used in a New Zealand power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a New Zealand power outlet is 50 Hz. [11]

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

What is access to electricity in New Zealand like?

The entire population has access to electricity in New Zealand.

Is electric reliable in New Zealand?

Although stable electrical power can't be guaranteed, the power grid in New Zealand is classed as reliable with no history of frequent power cuts compared to other countries.

Should I bring a portable charger to New Zealand?

Portable charger for charging cell phone

Should I bring a portable charger to New Zealand?

Although power blackouts in New Zealand aren't regular and power is available throughout the country, travellers should still bring a power bank to recharge cell phones.

  • During a trip to New Zealand increased use of mobile phones for storing calendars, taking photographs, social network sharing, getting directions and staying entertained can syphon off power excessively. Beyond the inconvenience of missed photo opportunities a flat smart phone battery can possibly leave you without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to return back to your accommodation. By packing a portable charger eases those concerns as it allows you to keep your cell phone powered without using a New Zealand power outlet.
  • We recommend bringing at least a 10,000mAh portable charger which will supply enough energy to cover over three full charging cycles while a 20,000mAh portable charger should keep an average smart phone powered for up to seven days.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop in New Zealand and it it supports USB-C charging then use a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying at least 20 Wh.
  • Before travelling please note that some airlines won't allow you bring portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Average consumer power banks aren't powerful enough for high powered items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are designed for travelling.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [AD]
Do solar chargers work in New Zealand?

Solar bags will recharge most USB devices

Do solar chargers work in New Zealand?

The climate in New Zealand might be suitable conditions for a solar power bank, however it could take time to charge. Because of the reduced surface area a solar power bank will need to be left in strong daylight for an extended period of time to produce enough power for a single charge cycle, and this might prove difficult to constantly pack and unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in a sunny area.

  • Instead, the bigger cells used on a solar backpack will give the bag the ability to generate more electricity within a shorter period of time, and might generate some power when overcast.
  • Phones that are plugged directly into a USB charging port of a solar backpack should gradually top up the power during sunny spells in New Zealand, but this could be inconvenient to have it constantly tethered to the bag if it is to be needed constantly. Therefore it is recommended to plug a normal battery power bank into a solar backpack which can then be constantly recharged inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards the phone can be powered up using the power bank at any time without daylight.
  • A bag which is suitable for New Zealand should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and can be used with a power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • Solar bags come in backpack, rucksack and messenger styles making them ideal for work, travel and domestic use.
  • The flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags are designed to endure bending and scratching, unlike regular solid solar panels.  [4] [17] [18] [AD]

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)

New Zealand 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 New Zealand?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is suitable when travelling across different countries which will probably use different power outlets to New Zealand.
  • Good USB chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in New Zealand.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in New Zealand along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotel rooms or accommodation in New Zealand might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in New Zealand could prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please refer to the guide on using travel appliances in New Zealand for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices in a New Zealand power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could require more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices require extra power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can still be useful back at home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every night using one power outlet. [7] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for New Zealand?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to New Zealand using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting New Zealand. [7] [AD]

Power converters for New Zealand

What is a power converter for a New Zealand power outlet?

Power converters for New Zealand allow travellers to use their 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical device with a 230 volt New Zealand 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 transforms the voltage of 230 volts from a New Zealand power outlet to work with a non-230 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 New Zealand. [19] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for New Zealand?

When travelling to New Zealand from another country check the device can be charged using a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. See our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage appliance that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which are designed to use a lower voltage such as 120 volts and used in a 230 volt outlet run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard unless you use a step down power converter.
  • 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.
  • 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 New Zealand.
  • Read these comprehensive guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling wands, hairdryers and flat irons with New Zealand power outlets which includes advice on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20] [AD]

What kind of converter do I need for New Zealand?

If you need to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in New Zealand you will need a step down power converter[10] [AD]

What voltage does New Zealand use?

New Zealand uses 230 volts in their power outlets. [2]

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

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt New Zealand 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 New Zealand before plugging that into a New Zealand 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 230 volt New Zealand power outlet. [10] [AD]
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.
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

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.

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 New Zealand?

Which type of power adapter do you need for New Zealand?

The type of plug adapter or power converter that is suitable for New Zealand will depend on your requirements. Prior to deciding the right adapter to buy we recommend using this checklist:

What types of devices do you need to use in New Zealand?

Make a list of items to bring

What types of devices do you need to use in New Zealand?

  • There are 3 types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electrical items that plug into a power outlet - for example cameras and laptops.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example hair dryers or curling irons.
    • USB powered devices that connect to a USB port - for example mobile phones.
  • If you only want to bring along just USB powered devices you'll find that a simple travel USB wall charger is ideal as you will only have to bring that single compact charger with your USB charging cables and leave your domestic chargers at home.
  • A travel power strip is built for providing power and voltage conversion for many low wattage devices, but unsuitable for high wattage appliances which need voltage conversion.
How many electrical devices are you taking to New Zealand?

How many electrical items are you packing

How many electrical devices are you taking to New Zealand?

  • Trying counting how many electronic you intended on bringing with you to New Zealand (for example cell phones, tablets, laptops, eReaders, curling irons or hair dryers).
    • Take into account that you might own more devices in the future. Are you thinking about purchasing a new cell phone computer next year?
    • There is a growing number of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise a USB port for their power source. The if you have to replace a device it might need a USB power adapter so remember to check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these additional devices too.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their phones?

Will your appliances and devices only work with a 230 volt power outlet?

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in New Zealand?

Will you only bring USB items

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in New Zealand?

How many New Zealand power outlets will be available?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many New Zealand power outlets will be available?

  • Your accommodation in New Zealand might only have one power outlet on the wall, this will present an issue if recharging the batteries of more than one item overnight because you can only recharge a single device at a time then have to keep swapping.
  • To charge more than one device at the same time look to using either a travel power strip or USB wall charger that can power multiple USB ports or outlets. [8] [AD]

How much can you afford?

  • Cheap power adapters start from under £10 which powers a single device in only one location (providing that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 230 volts), but paying roughly £15-£20 will allow you to charge more than one device at once and be able to use them in multiple countries.

Do you plan on visiting elsewhere in the future?

Is New Zealand the only place you'll be visiting?

  • A single power adapter will only work in the one country that it was built for, therefore if you are visiting more than a single country you'll need to carry additional power adapters which can in turn add to the number of adapters you have to pack.
  • However, travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are perfect for travelling to multiple countries due to the inclusion of interchangeable heads.
Are you flying long haul to travel to New Zealand?

Arriving at an airport

Are you flying long haul to travel to New Zealand?

  • For much longer journeys consider bringing a convenient airport-friendly charger that works in different power outlet types, one which can be packed in carry-on luggage and can be used to quickly top up phones and tablets.
  • Not all planes and airports have power outlets for customers therefore we recommend packing a travel portable charger for recharging on the go. After landing in New Zealand you could need to use a cell phone to make a call, messenging, using sat nav or viewing itineraries; so make sure that your phone has ample battery power left. [4] [AD]
Are you only bringing hand luggage to New Zealand?

Are you only using hand luggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage to New Zealand?

Do you still need use your charger when returning to the UK?

Are you visiting other countries with good access to power?

  • The voltage in New Zealand is generally stable but if you plan to visit another country you may need an adapter which offers protection to your devices. The power could sporadically fluctuate in some areas and this could cause damage to your devices, so you will need to look for an adapter which offers built in surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Using a solar backpack or portable charger will prepare you for a power cut and countries with limited electricity.  [4] [4] [17] [AD]

What can I connect to a New Zealand power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a New Zealand power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a New Zealand power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a New Zealand power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to the New Zealand power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a New Zealand power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a New Zealand power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting New Zealand, 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.

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about New Zealand.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type I plug adapter - Type I plug adapters use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, costing £5-£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, costing £30-£35.
  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, £15-£20
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10
  8. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, priced £35-£40
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, estimated price £5-£10
  10. 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, costing £80-£90
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, £70-£80.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, estimated cost £30-£35.
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, costing around £20.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, £30-£35.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, £100-£110.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, estimated price £110-£120
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, costs £25-£30.
  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, priced £100-£110
  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, £100-£110.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -