Power adapters for Tuvalu - What adapter do I need for Tuvalu?

Power adapters for Tuvalu

Complicated combinations of voltages and standards can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Tuvalu. This page has links to simple instructions telling you exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in Tuvalu using their standard 220 volt 50Hz Type I power supply. Power sockets change regionally therefore we recommend reading the power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Tuvalu?

The best power adapter for Tuvalu is a Type I plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Tuvalu?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a compact and cheap plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly fit into a Tuvaluan power outlet.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [3].

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances in Tuvalu simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Do I need a power adapter in Tuvalu?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Tuvalu?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Tuvaluan power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Tuvalu along with the correct power adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Tuvalu in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Tuvalu in the UK

Tuvalu 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.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuvalu - wikipedia.org entry about Tuvalu.
  2. Type I plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type I power outlets without converting voltage, priced under £10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor