We get many inquiries concerning electricity: What kind of plug is used in Indonesia? Do I need an adaptor? Is it difficult to charge electronic devices? And so on… The following summary should answer all your questions.
The Indonesian plug and socket are similar to those in use in European countries, type C and type F. The voltage is also 220V. Most European appliances such as a razor, cell phone, laptop or camera will work if you plug them directly into the Indonesian socket.
However, some countries like Switzerland and Canada have different electrical systems. If you come from a country with a different system, you’ll need an adaptor. The best is to buy a universal adaptor before you go and keep it with your phone so you can easily charge it in airports.
By the way, power cuts are frequent on many islands. They can last from a few minutes to several hours so better be prepared and slip a flashlight or a torch in your luggage, just in case…
You should also bring spare batteries for your digital camera and a USB power bank to charge your cell phone. Such small devices can turn out to be very helpful if you go trekking for several days.
If you happen to stay in simple homestays, check the electrical sockets before plugging expensive apparatus into them. You certainly don’t want to ruin your equipment!
Because electricity costs a lot of money most places are dimly lit so you can expect a rather ‘romantic’ ambience after night fall.