The Grenadines power adapters - what plugs are used in The Grenadines?

Grenadines power outlet

What adapter do I need for The Grenadines?

You'll need to bring a Type G plug adapter [3] to The Grenadines if your plug doesn't fit into a Grenadines power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting The Grenadines all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Grenadines power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device uses then read the section about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • Some areas of The Grenadines do not have access to power and suffer from regular power blackouts, it is advised to pack a portable charger [4] if you want to recharge your mobile phone whilst staying in an area without electricity or during a power outage.
  • If you are from America and travelling to The Grenadines you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Grenadines to fit a US plug into a Grenadines power outlet. Because the voltage is different in The Grenadines use a power converter for The Grenadines 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 Grenadines power outlet then you can use it in The Grenadines.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Grenadines power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for The Grenadines such a Type G plug adapter [3]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for The Grenadines (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The Grenadines, 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 then you will also need a power converter for The Grenadines to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for The Grenadines if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you need to power one or more USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for The Grenadines.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 230 volts used in The Grenadines you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in The Grenadines read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

The Grenadines power adapters

Power adapters for The Grenadines

If you are organizing a vacation to The Grenadines it can be useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use your vital electronics like cell phones and cameras when you reach your destination. Without knowing which plug socket is being used in The Grenadines you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, meaning having to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you're there that might not be compatible. Different combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country, especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in The Grenadines. This page has links to useful instructions demonstrating exactly how to supply power to your devices when you're travelling to The Grenadines using the standard Type G, C, E, I or K 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type G plug outlets will be typically used by most Vincentians. Power changes depending on which region you are visiting so please read the power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for The Grenadines?

The best power adapter for The Grenadines is a Type G power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for The Grenadines?

What is a power adapter for a Grenadines power outlet?

A power adapter for The Grenadines is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits an electrical socket in The Grenadines to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a different region.

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

Will a power adapter convert the voltage from a Grenadines power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Grenadines power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you will also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for The Grenadines along with the correct type of power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter in The Grenadines?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in The Grenadines.

Do I need a power adapter for The Grenadines if I'm visiting from the US?

US plugs won't fit into a Grenadines power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for The Grenadines, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for The Grenadines to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from a different country to use electrical appliances and devices in The Grenadines simply by adapting the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for The Grenadines?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for The Grenadines?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports 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 but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can 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.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for The Grenadines

Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with changable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal in situations when you only want to charge devices which are USB powered.
  • You only need to bring one charger instead of carrying lots of domestic USB power chargers costing on average $18 USD.
  • Chargers are typically supplied with swappable adapter heads making them versatile in a large number of different countries. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with USB wall chargers are usually lightweight and small making them easy to pack.
  • Has surge protection.
  • The charger can still be of use when you return to Canada.
  • The swappable plugs fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in The Grenadines.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB outputs so you can't to charge any electrical appliances, just USB ones.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Retractable pins avoid catching in luggage

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Useful when visiting to multiple countries. Most models operate in over 150 different countries.
  • An all in one design. Both small and lightweight for around $15 USD.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters that include USB charging ports built in.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some universal travel power adapters have a surge protector built in which will protect your device from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The pins retract so don't get caught against other items in your baggage.
  • It will still be of use back at home as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will work with a Grenadines power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal travel adapters must not be used with high power appliances - for example clothes irons, hair straighteners, kettles or hair dryers.
  • The pins and moving parts might be fragile on some models which could make them likely to possibily jam on your trip.
  • Can only charge one appliance.
  • Might not be totally universal - models might not cover certain countries with less popular power outlet types.
  • Lacking a voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for non-230 volts devices in The Grenadines.
Travel Power Strips

Power strips have AC and USB sockets

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is able to power many electronic devices at once from only one Grenadines power outlet, costing on average $30 USD.
  • Some models will convert voltage for lower wattage devices such as laptops or cameras. So therefore if your device isn't dual voltage it will still work in The Grenadines by using only a travel power strip. This will make them a cheaper lightweight substitute for a power converter.
  • Most models also feature a number of USB charge ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain areas could fluctuate, a power surge might damage your devices. There are some models which have a built in surge protector which will prevent any electronics from being overloaded.
  • When you return to Canada the power strip could still work as a power strip and USB charger.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in The Grenadines. (Note: UK power strips include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you will need to use it with an additional plug adapter.)

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a normal voltage converter, the voltage converter on a travel power strip won't work with high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or clothes irons.
  • Due to their weight power strips might be unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be considered excessive if you only have a small number of devices that need charging.
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Using a Type G plug adapter [3] will work in The Grenadines.
  • Simple to operate.
  • Affordable, prices starting at around $7 USD.
  • Lightweight and small.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Should you intend to travel to more than just The Grenadines you might need to pack multiple plug adapter types for other countries.
  • A plug adapter only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Grenadines power outlet and doesn't change the actual voltage. So if your device doesn't work with 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll still need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • 1 plug adapter per appliance - for every separate device or appliance you'll also need to bring a separate power plug adapter.
  • Your accomodation might only have a single power outlet available, so you'll only be capable of powering a single device at a time.
  • You'll also still need to bring your separate USB charger as well if you wish to power any USB device.
Plug Adapter Sets

Plug adapter sets

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are between $15-$20 USD a power adapter set works out cheaper buying than purchasing individual $7 power plug adapters.
  • Covers every eventuality.
  • The most flexible option if you are travelling to different countries.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so should be suitable with a Grenadines power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve planning - before any trip you will need to decide which plug adapters they'll need in advance, or alternatively pack every adapter in the set along.
  • Lots individual items to bring.
  • All remaining plug adapters will be redundant and using up packing space.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included in each set (and especially less common adapters) - so check that your set includes one which is compatible with a Grenadines power outlet.
  • Adapters only modify the shape of the plug and don't alter the actual voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter with surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter will only change the 230 volts in The Grenadines and won't change the actual shape of the plug to slot in a Grenadines power outlet, you'll still be required to use a suitable power adapter.
  • The normal size and weight of most models makes them too heavy and bulky for packing in carry-on baggage.
  • Redundant when you return from The Grenadines.
  • Often much cheaper to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive power converter just to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance abroad.
  • Costly; around $128 USD.
  • If you are travelling to The Grenadines from the US then you will require one as the voltage from a Grenadines power outlet is 230 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for The Grenadines

Type G 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 The Grenadines Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included G 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) 50+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type G Grenadines power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a Grenadines power outlet Yes
Useful when you return to Canada 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 The Grenadines 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)
Typical price $7 USD $15 USD $18 USD $30 USD $19 USD $128 USD
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The Grenadines power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in The Grenadines?

There are five types of power outlets used in The Grenadines, these are type G, C, E, I and K with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the power outlet by two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type E - This round power socket can be identified by the two large circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral and a long metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular shape.
  • Plug Type G - This wall outlet (also called a type G power outlet) can be identified by the three slots with plastic shutters in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  • Plug Type I - This wall outlet (technically called a type I power outlet) can be identified by the three slots in an upside-down triangular pattern with the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth.
  • Plug Type K - This power socket (called a type K power outlet) can be recognised by the 3 holes in a triangular shape with the bottom hole appearing semicircular in shape.
What plug sockets are used in The Grenadines?

Do US plugs work in The Grenadines?

No; a US plug won't work in The Grenadines because it won't fit into a Grenadines power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is different so use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device can work with a 50hz power outlet.

Is the voltage in The Grenadines the same as the US?

The voltage in The Grenadines is 230 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. If your US appliance or power charger can't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for The Grenadines which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 230 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in The Grenadines?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V or 120V appliance in a Grenadines power outlet.

Is a power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for The Grenadines?

The Caribbean

Is a power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for The Grenadines?

Various countries throughout The Caribbean use different voltages and power outlet types, a plug that works with a Grenadines power outlet might not function in an electrical outlet on another island. When visiting more than one country in The Caribbean it is recommended to either use a multiple power adapter travel set [11] containing every type of power adapter, or a single international travel plug adapter [12] as both these options should ensure that you are covered for most different power outlet types that you might find on each island.

Because each island in The Caribbean uses different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug which works with a Grenadines power outlet might not operate properly with an outlet on another island. When preparing to travel read these pages for more details on what to expect for every island in the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Tobago, Trinidad and US Virgin Islands.

Is an outlet in The Grenadines the same as in the US?

American plugs won't fit in a Grenadines power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for The Grenadines. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage use a power converter for The Grenadines and ensure that it works with a 50hz power outlet.

What is the electrical frequency used in The Grenadines?

The frequency from a Grenadines power outlet is 50Hz.

Are there many power outages in The Grenadines?

Typically The Grenadines reports power failures on a monthly basis.

What is access to electricity in The Grenadines like?

Almost 5% of the population doesn't have access to electrical power in The Grenadines.

Do I need a power bank for The Grenadines?

As the power grid isn't available in all areas of The Grenadines alongside problems with the reliability of the power grid, travellers are advised to bring backup charging solutions if they wish to continue using devices such as cellphones or cameras.

  • Whilst travelling increased reliance on cell phones for taking photos, storing itineraries, social network sharing, getting directions and web browsing can syphon off power more excessively than normal. As well as the simple missing photograph opportunities this could potentially leave you without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to return back to your accommodation. Bringing along a portable charger [4] to The Grenadines lowers the risk as it means you can keep your smart phone charged without using a wall charger, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to power and power outages in some areas.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh power bank [4] which can store enough electricity to power over three full cycles while a 20,000mAh portable charger [16] should keep an average smart phone powered for almost a week depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • Providing that your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then packing a portable charger for a laptop [17] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20Wh can be used to extend the battery life of the laptop.
  • Be aware that some airlines won't let you take batteries on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Consumer power banks aren't designed for use with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [14] or gas hair straighteners [15] can be used for travelling to locations with power cuts and limited access to electricity such as The Grenadines.
Do I need a power bank for The Grenadines?
Do solar chargers work in The Grenadines?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Do solar chargers work in The Grenadines?

The sunshine in The Grenadines should be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank [19] dependably, however it needs to be left in strong sunshine in order to provide suitable power for a single charge. This could prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The larger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack [18] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the climate in The Grenadines.
  • Phones that have been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the battery during sunny spells in The Grenadines, however might be inconvenient to have a phone continually connected to the bag should it be needed constantly. A solar powered bag is usually exposed to daylight therefore can be powering up a power bank during the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank that requires unpacking and facing sunlight.
  • Although the climate in The Grenadines is suitable, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags have been designed to survive scratches and bending, unlike normal firm solar cells. Solar bags are available in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles making them perfect for travel, work and domestic use.

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)

The Grenadines 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.

What USB charger do I need for The Grenadines?

If travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just one device the best travel power adapter for The Grenadines to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. There are five different standards of wall outlets that Vincentians use (types G, C, E, I and K) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of device is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

This means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power adapters or using up additional power outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage and suitable for recharging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for a multipurpose travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer, the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for The Grenadines?

Why use a travel USB charger for The Grenadines?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only bringing one USB wall charger instead of bringing several different USB power chargers.
  • Travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries across North America which are likely to use a different standard to The Grenadines.
  • A good USB power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in The Grenadines.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in The Grenadines power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel rooms or accommodation in The Grenadines might only have one power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with all your devices instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in The Grenadines might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Higher priced USB chargers should also include a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please see our guide on using travel appliances with a Grenadines power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Grenadines power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Some tablets and mobile phones could require more than the usual 500 mA produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be useful by charging multiple cell phones and tablets every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for The Grenadines?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting The Grenadines using type B American 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. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting The Grenadines.

Power converters for The Grenadines

What is a power converter?

A power converter for The Grenadines will enable travellers to use a 100-120 volt electric appliance with a 230 volt Grenadines 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 for The Grenadines?

An expensive and bulky power converter [20] will convert a 230 volt Grenadines power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet in The Grenadines.

Do I need a power converter for The Grenadines?

If travelling to The Grenadines from another country check your device can accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [10] is needed if you are travelling to The Grenadines from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 230 volts. Read the world power outlets page to see the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already own either a 230 volt appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 120 volts) and used with 230 volts run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless you use a step down power converter [10].
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone or laptop as these are typically designed for international use and support dual voltage, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [21].
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than investing in a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in The Grenadines.
  • Read our comprehensive travel guides on how to use curling wands, clothes irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners with a Grenadines power outlet which includes advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm travelling to The Grenadines from America?

The voltage from a plug outlet in The Grenadines is different to an American outlet, therefore please bring a step down power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for The Grenadines?

You will need to use a step down power converter [10] which will allow you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in The Grenadines.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [10] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Grenadines 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 The Grenadines before plugging that into a Grenadines 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 Grenadines power outlet.
What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power 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.

What voltage is used in The Grenadines?

The Grenadines uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

The way to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power adapter or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord plugs into. The location might depend on the make and model of your unit but could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • 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 110/240V.

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Trvel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets, number of USB powers and prices were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for The Grenadines?

Deciding which type of power adapter to bring to The Grenadines

The plug adapter which is suitable for The Grenadines is dependant on various requirements, so prior choosing the right adapter to use we recommend using this checklist:

What types of electrical devices do you need to use in The Grenadines?

Make a list of items to bring

What types of electrical devices do you need to use in The Grenadines?

  • There are 3 types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electrical devices which plug into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that plug into an electrical outlet - for example hair straighteners or curling irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices that charge with a USB port - for example phones or tablets.
  • If you only intend to take just USB powered devices to The Grenadines then you'll find that a travel USB charger is ideal because you will only have to bring that single charger .
  • Travel power strips are most suited for powering and voltage conversion for multiple low wattage devices (such as a laptop), but won't work with high wattage appliances that need voltage conversion and could potentially overload it.
How many electrical devices are you packing for The Grenadines?

Family may need to charge devices too

How many electrical devices are you packing for The Grenadines?

  • Add up how many devices and applicances you want to pack for The Grenadines (such as cell phones, laptops, eReaders, curling irons or hair straighteners).
    • Take into account that you might own more electrical items at a later date. Do you intend on buying a new tablet computer next year for example?
    • There are an increasing number of USB powered rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise USB for a power source. Therefore next time you have to buy a new device it could use a USB adapter so ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these as well.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their iPads as well?

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

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in The Grenadines?

Are you only charging USB devices

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in The Grenadines?

How many Grenadines power outlets will be available?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many Grenadines power outlets will be available?

  • Your hotel may offer only a single power outlet, this will be an issue if charging the batteries of multiple items such as cell phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight as you will only be able to recharge one device at a time then need to swap.
  • If you need to recharge more than one device simultaneously then we recommend using a USB wall charger or a travel power strip that can charge multiple USB ports or power outlets.

How much can you afford?

  • Cheap power adapters start at $7 which powers only one device in a single country (provided that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 230 volts), but paying around $20 means you can power multiple devices simultaneously and bring them to various different countries.

Do you intend on visiting countries other than The Grenadines?

  • Most single plug adapters will only operate in the one country that they are designed for, so if you wish to visit multiple countries you'll need to bring along additional power adapters which in turn adds to the number of adapters you'll have to bring.
  • On the other hand a travel USB wall charger or universal travel adapter is made for visiting more than one country due to the interchangeable head system.

Are you intending on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

How long does it take to travel to The Grenadines?

Using a phone in the airport

How long does it take to travel to The Grenadines?

  • With extended journeys it's worth thinking about bringing an airport-friendly charger that works in different outlet types, one which is light enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can top up tablets and phones just prior to a lengthy flight.
  • As not all airports actually have power outlets available think about bringing a portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. After arriving in The Grenadines you could need to use your cell phone to make calls, reading emails , using mapping to find your accomodation or viewing your itinerary; so please ensure that your phone has ample charge remaining.
Do you intend on bringing hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you intend on bringing hand luggage?

Do you still need use your charger when returning to Canada?

Will you always have good access to electricity?

  • Voltage in The Grenadines could sporadically fluctuate and this can potentially cause damage to your devices, use a power adapter which has surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Because The Grenadines has power cuts and having partial access to power you might find that whatever power charger you bring to the country doesn't work anyway. Prepare for power cuts and limited electrical access in The Grenadines by bringing a portable charger [4] and a solar backpack [18].

What can I connect to a Grenadines power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Grenadines power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Grenadines power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Grenadines power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Grenadines power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Grenadines power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Grenadines power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Grenadines power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting The Grenadines, 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 [22].

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.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Vincent_and_the_Grenadines - The Grenadines Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage.
  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.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  7. 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.
  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.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries.
  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.
  11. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  12. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries.
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  14. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  15. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  16. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  17. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  18. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  19. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets