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Voltage, Frequency and Plug/Outlet Type in French Polynesia / Tahiti

Electricity information for other places

Special Notes for French Polynesia / Tahiti

Both 110V and 120V are used

Electricity in French Polynesia / Tahiti is 220 Volts, alternating at 60 cycles per second. If you travel to French Polynesia / Tahiti with a device that does not accept 220 Volts at 60 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices.

Transformers will have a much lower maximum Watt rating, usually 50 or 100. Transformers can often be used continuously and provide better electricity for low wattage appliances like battery chargers, radios, laptop computers, cameras, mp3 players and camcorders. However, they are heavy because they contain large iron rods and lots of copper wire.

Some companies sell combination converters that include both a resistor network and a transformer in the same package. This kind of converter will usually come with a switch that switches between the two modes. If you absolutely need both types of converter, then this is the type to buy.

French Polynesia / Tahiti Plug Adapters and Outlet Shapes

Outlets in French Polynesia / Tahiti generally accept 2 types of plug:
Flat blade plugFlat blade plug
Two round pinsTwo round pins

If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter.

Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter.