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How to use plugs from New Zealand in Okinawa

Plugs, sockets, adapters and other information needed for travelling from New Zealand to Okinawa in this page. If you want a report for other countries, re-start the wizard to find to electric adapters for your trip here.

Quick Chart at-a-glance

  New Zealand Okinawa  
Voltage: 230V. 100V. icons/exclamation2.gif  
Plugs Type: I. A, B, I. icons/teeth.gif icons/question.gif  
Hertz: 50Hz. 60Hz. icons/note.gif  

If you are electrical savvy, perhaps the previous chart is all you need. If this is not the case, you can continue reading and discover what the chart is saying!

Plugs and Sockets at each country

In New Zealand the following plugs are used: (includes Wellington, Auckland, Queenstown, Christchurch, Rotorua, Dunedin, Wanaka.)

New Zealand' Plug Type I
Plug Type I
New Zealand' Outlet Type I
Outlet Type I

... and in Okinawa you will use: (includes Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Nagasaki, Sapporo, Southern Okinawa-hontō, Motobu Peninsula, Northern Okinawa-hontō, Naha.)

Okinawa' Plug Type A Okinawa' Plug Type B Okinawa' Plug Type I
Plug Type A Plug Type B Plug Type I
Okinawa' Outlet Type A Okinawa' Outlet Type B Okinawa' Outlet Type I
Outlet Type A Outlet Type B Outlet Type I

Considerations for Japan

Users living in Japan have commented to us the outlets type "B" are not common, therefore plugs type "B" might not be easy to plug in Japan.

Voltage

Take care: Okinawa uses lower voltage than New Zealand

Your electric devices from New Zealand will be expecting 230 Volts, but Okinawa grid is of 100 Volts, this is a substantial difference that requires you to take some extra steps in preparation to your trip:

On the positive side, nowadays many devices will switch automatically to the network voltage and they will work just fine, i.e. mobile phone chargers are typically multi-voltage (but please, do actually check your own). It is important that you pay attention to your device's voltage. Connecting electronics to the wrong voltage, in the luckiest of the cases, the device will break or stop working temporarily; but please don't take this lightly, in the worst of the cases electrocution and fire hazards are a real possibility.

An automatic power supply suitable from 100 Volts to 240 Volts. An automatic power supply suitable from 100 Volts to 240 Volts.

High-power devices don't usually handle different voltages due to the high-currents involved i.e. anything that its main purpose involves generating heat (or cold) like hair driers, baby bottle warmers, kettles, etc. On the contrary, modern low-power devices are likely to auto-detect and auto-adapt to different voltages i.e. usb chargers, laptop chargers, etc.

A hair-dryer showing its consumption of 2000 Watts at 220 Volts A hair-dryer can consume up to 2000 Watts, like the one in the picture above, due to the high power they usually work in one voltage system; this one is suitable for 220-240 Volts systems.

You will need a step up voltage converter a device that can be plugged to 100 volts and it provides an outlet with 230 volts for your New Zealand' device. You will need to pay attention to the maximum power output of the converter and the maximum power consumption of the device.

Plugs Type

Some connectors are used in both countries

You will be able to plug the devices directly in Okinawa (please read other sections of this reports in regards to voltage, etc.). Perhaps you will need adapters for some sockets, but it is usually easier to find adapters at destination if your plug is already being used in the country. Sometimes different cities uses different systems, you might need to do a bit more of research. If you find more information please let us know.

Adapters

Lists of adapters you can use in your travel:

Adapter: generic

front view of generic adapter to use plugs type A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N from New Zealand in outlets type B from Okinawa back view of generic adapter to use plugs type A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N from New Zealand in outlets type B from Okinawa
Front Back

This adapter allows you to use plugs type: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N into outlets type: B.

Adapter: generic

front view of generic adapter to use plugs type A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N from New Zealand in outlets type I from Okinawa back view of generic adapter to use plugs type A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N from New Zealand in outlets type I from Okinawa
Front Back

This adapter allows you to use plugs type: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N into outlets type: I.

Adapters you can buy

You can buy the following multi-purpose adapters from Amazon. Please also take a look at the recommended gadgets for your trip.

Hertz

No equal Hertz

This is not a big issue. Unless you are using an electric alarm clock or some motors when speed is an issue. Explanation: Some alarm clocks uses the frequency of electricity network to measure time. So, time shifts could be experimented. Almost every home electronic device works perfectly with different Hertz.

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