Canada to Guadeloupe power adapters - do I need to bring a plug adapter to Guadeloupe?

Guadeloupe power outlet

What adapter do I need for Guadeloupe?

You'll need to use a Type D plug adapter [3] for Guadeloupe if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit in a Guadeloupe power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Guadeloupe all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Guadeloupe power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device can use then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If you are from America and travelling to Guadeloupe you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Guadeloupe to fit a US plug into a Guadeloupe power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Guadeloupe use a power converter for Guadeloupe 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 your plug can fit in a Guadeloupe power outlet then it can work in Guadeloupe.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Guadeloupe power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Guadeloupe such a Type D plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Guadeloupe (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Guadeloupe, but can't convert the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Guadeloupe to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Guadeloupe if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type D plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to bring USB devices such as tablets or cell phones then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring one which has a Type D plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Guadeloupe.
  • Excessive use of a cellphone during a trip could leave you with a flat battery quickly therefore you should pack a power bank [4] if you need to recharge your phone battery or other USB powered devices whilst travelling to an unknown location.

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

Guadeloupe power adapters

Power adapters for Guadeloupe

Complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning to visit 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 plug sockets used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Guadeloupe. This page has links to useful instructions showing you exactly how to charge your devices when you're travelling to Guadeloupe using the standard types D, C or E 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll discover power will change depending on which area you are visiting so we recommend reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Guadeloupe?

The best power adapter for Guadeloupe is a Type D power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Guadeloupe?

What is a power adapter for a Guadeloupe power outlet?

Power adapters are compact and cheap plastic adapters that allow a different type of power plug from a foreign region to easily fit into a power socket in Guadeloupe.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Guadeloupe enables visitors from a different location to use their electronic appliances in Guadeloupe by altering the shape of the power plug.

Do I need a plug adapter in Guadeloupe?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you wish to use in Guadeloupe.

Do I need a power adapter for Guadeloupe if I'm visiting from Canada?

Canadian plugs won't fit into a Guadeloupe power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Guadeloupe, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Guadeloupe if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents overheating or damage.

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

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Guadeloupe power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Guadeloupe.

Where to buy a power adapter for Guadeloupe in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Guadeloupe in Canada

Guadeloupe to Canadian power adapters will most likely be available in most major Canadian International 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 such as Relay, The Source or 6&Sundry, but expect to pay 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.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. Best Buy, Costco, Home Depot and other high street electrical stores normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for Guadeloupe

Travel Power Strips

Power strips feature multiple USB ports

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 Guadeloupe power outlet, costing under C$45.
  • 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 Guadeloupe 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 Guadeloupe.

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

A small and simple type D plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Light and compact.
  • Affordable, prices under C$10.
  • Easy to use.
  • Using a Type D plug adapter [3] will be ideal for Guadeloupe.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only 1 adapter per device - for every individual appliance you wish to use you'll also need to pack a separate adapter.
  • Only changes the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type D Guadeloupe power outlet but not the voltage used in Guadeloupe, so if your appliance doesn't support a 230 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage then you will also need to bring a voltage converter.
  • Your accomodation in Guadeloupe may only have a single wall outlet, so you will only be able to charge one device at once.
  • Should you intend on visiting more than just Guadeloupe then you might need to bring along more than one type of plug adapter for other countries.
  • If you wish to charge a USB device then you also need to pack a domestic USB charger.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal for situations when you only need to power devices which are USB powered.
  • You only have to bring one unit rather than carry lots of domestic USB power chargers which costs on average around C$15.
  • Chargers come with interchangeable heads making them useful in a large number of different locations. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are usually small and lightweight making them easy to store.
  • Most models should have a surge protector built in which will protect your device from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • When you return to your home country the charger could still work.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a Guadeloupe power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power adapter for a Guadeloupe power outlet.
  • As they only have USB ports you won't be able to power appliances, only USB powered devices.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Straightforward operation.
  • An all-in-one design. Both small and lightweight, C$25-C$30.
  • There are some models which have a built in surge protector which will prevent your electronics from being overloaded by unstable power grids.
  • The pins retract so won't catch against other items in luggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter can be functional in your home country as a USB charger.
  • Some universal travel power adapters also have multiple charging ports for USB devices.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Even though most universal travel adapters are designed to operate in over 150 countries they won't function in Guadeloupe. You need to pack a separate power plug adapter if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple items from a single power outlet.
  • Can't be used with a high powered electrical appliance - for example hair straighteners, kettles, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Lacking a voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for non-230 volt devices in Guadeloupe.
  • Might not work in some countries - models might not work in certain countries with less popular outlet types.
  • The internal moving parts such as pins and shutters could be fragile on some universal travel adapters which might make them prone to jamming whilst abroad.
  • Will only provide power to a single plug.
Plug Adapter Sets

Cost effective plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly C$20-C$25 a power adapter set will typically work out cheaper than buying multiple plug adapters for multiple locations costing almost C$10 each.
  • Covers all countries.
  • For travellers visiting multiple locations a power plug adapter set is the most flexible option.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so will work in Guadeloupe.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; prior to any trip you'll have to choose which adapters to pack, or alternatively bring each plug adapter type.
  • Lots individual plug adapters to pack.
  • With just a single functioning plug adapter the remaining power adapters will be redundant using up space.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included (and especially rarer adapters), so ensure that your plug adapter set has one that works with a Guadeloupe power outlet.
  • A plug adapter only alters the shape of the plug but won't change the voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter with surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It only changes the 230 volts from a Guadeloupe power outlet and not the shape of the plug to fit into a Guadeloupe power outlet, therefore you will still need to pack the right type of plug adapter for Guadeloupe.
  • The normal weight of voltage converters makes them impractical for packing in hand luggage.
  • A voltage converter won't be of any use after your trip to Guadeloupe.
  • Often better value and more practical to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a more expensive voltage converter just in order to power your existing single voltage appliance abroad.
  • Expensive, over C$120.
  • Canadians going to Guadeloupe will need a voltage converter as the voltage from a Guadeloupe power outlet is 230 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Guadeloupe

Type D 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 Guadeloupe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included D 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) 35+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type D Guadeloupe power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type D plug adapter required to fit in a Guadeloupe power outlet Yes Yes 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 Guadeloupe 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)
Estimated price under C$10 C$25-C$30 C$15-C$20 C$40-C$45 C$20-C$25 over C$60
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Guadeloupe power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Guadeloupe?

Type C, D and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Guadeloupe?

There are three types of power supply used in Guadeloupe, these are type D, C and E with the primary power supply being type D:

  • Plug Type C - This wall socket (known as the Europlug) can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type D - This wall socket (also called a type D power outlet) can be recognised by the three holes in a triangle pattern.
  • Plug Type E - This sunken circular plug socket (called the type E power outlet or CEE 7/7 socket) can be recognised by the two large round adjacent holes where the twin plug socket pins go with a single long metal earth pin protruding the top to form a triangle configuration.

Do Canadian plugs work in Guadeloupe?

No - a Canadian plug won't work in Guadeloupe because it doesn't fit in a Guadeloupe power outlet without the use of a power adapter. The voltage is 230 volts therefore please use a power converter for Guadeloupe if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance can work with a 50hz power outlet.

Is an electrical outlet in Guadeloupe the same as Canada?

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

What is the electrical frequency used in Guadeloupe?

The frequency from a Guadeloupe power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is the voltage in Guadeloupe the same as in Canada?

The voltage which comes from a Guadeloupe power outlet is 230 volts, whereas Canadians use 120 volts. If your Canadian appliance or power charger can't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for Guadeloupe which allows a 120 volt Canadian device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

Is a power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for Guadeloupe?

The Caribbean

Is a power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for Guadeloupe?

Different countries in The Caribbean use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, a plug which works with a Guadeloupe power outlet might not operate correctly in another island. If you are travelling to more than one country in The Caribbean it is advised to either bring along a multiple power adapter travel set [12] that contains different types of power adapters, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter [13] as both these options make sure that you're covered for most different power outlet types which you might encounter.

Because each island in The Caribbean uses different voltages and power outlet types you might discover a plug which can be used in Guadeloupe might not work correctly on another island. For more details on what to expect before travelling we've put together similar instructions to this one 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.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Guadeloupe?

Use a step down power converter should you need to use a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Guadeloupe.

Should I pack a portable charger for Guadeloupe?

A power bank

Should I pack a portable charger for Guadeloupe?

It is always advised to pack a portable charger to recharge their cell phone when on a trip.

  • Whilst travelling increased reliance on cell phones for taking pictures, 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 Guadeloupe lowers the risk as it allows you to keep your smart phone charged without using a wall charger.
  • A typical 10,000mAh portable charger [4] can store enough power to power over 3 full charges whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger [16] should keep an average mobile phone powered for up to seven days depending on the model of phone and usage. A mAh rating shows the capacity of a battery and gives an indication of how many charges the power bank can achieve.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop and it uses a USB-C charging port then pack a portable charger for a laptop [17] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • However be aware that some airlines won't let you take batteries on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must be kept in hand luggage only.
  • Average consumer power banks aren't powerful enough for high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [14] or gas hair straighteners [15] are available for travelling.
Do solar chargers work in Guadeloupe?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

Do solar chargers work in Guadeloupe?

The sunshine in Guadeloupe 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 Guadeloupe.
  • Phones that have been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the battery during sunny spells in Guadeloupe, 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 Guadeloupe 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.

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Guadeloupe 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 Guadeloupe?

When you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Guadeloupe is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. Guadeloupians use three different standards of wall outlets (D, C and E) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, and support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters for your Guadeloupe trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying a versatile power charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Guadeloupe?

Why use a travel USB charger for Guadeloupe?

  • 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 Guadeloupe.
  • 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 Guadeloupe.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in Guadeloupe power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel rooms or accommodation in Guadeloupe 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 Guadeloupe 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 Guadeloupe power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Guadeloupe 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 Guadeloupe?

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 Guadeloupe 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 Guadeloupe.

Power converters for Guadeloupe

What is a power converter?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Guadeloupe 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 Guadeloupe?

An expensive and bulky power converter [20] will convert a 230 volt Guadeloupe 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 Guadeloupe.

Do I need a power converter for Guadeloupe?

If travelling to Guadeloupe from a different region double check the device can be charged using a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [10] is needed if you are travelling to Guadeloupe from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device won't support 230 volts. See the list of world power outlets page to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a single voltage appliance that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices which are designed for a lower voltage (for example 120 volts) and then used with 230 volts run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example hair dryers and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [21].
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance might be more cost effective and practical than trying to carry a much heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read these comprehensive travel guides on using clothes irons, curling wands, blow dryers and hair straighteners in Guadeloupe , along with advice on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Guadeloupe if I'm visiting from Canada?

The 230 volts found in a power outlet in Guadeloupe is different to an 110 volt Canadian outlet so you will need to bring a if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Guadeloupe?

You will need to use a step down power converter [10] in order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in a 230 volt Guadeloupe power outlet.

What voltage is used in Guadeloupe?

Guadeloupe uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets.

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.

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 Guadeloupe 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 Guadeloupe before plugging that into a Guadeloupe 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 Guadeloupe power outlet.
How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

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

The easiest method to tell if your device is dual or single voltage is to check for numbers printed on the charger, or on the device itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make or model of your device, it should also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might say a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

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.
  • Travel 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 and number of USB powers 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 Guadeloupe?

Which type of power adapter will you need for Guadeloupe?

The plug adapter or power converter which is best to use in Guadeloupe is dependant on various requirements, so before choosing the right one to use we recommend using this checklist:

How many electrical devices are you packing for Guadeloupe?

Family may need to charge devices too

How many electrical devices are you packing for Guadeloupe?

  • Add up how many devices and applicances you want to pack for Guadeloupe (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?
What types of electrical devices do you need to use in Guadeloupe?

Make a list of items to bring

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

  • 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 Guadeloupe 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 Guadeloupe power outlets will be available?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many Guadeloupe 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.

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

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Guadeloupe?

Are you only bringing USB items

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Guadeloupe?

Are you intending on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

How much can you afford?

  • Cheap power adapters start at under C$10 which powers only one device in a single country (provided that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 230 volts), but paying anywhere C$25-C$30 means you can power multiple devices simultaneously and bring them to various different countries.

Do you intend on visiting countries other than Guadeloupe?

  • 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 travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are designed for travelling to more than one country becuase of their interchangeable head system.

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

How long does it take to travel to Guadeloupe?

Using a phone after a long haul flight

How long does it take to travel to Guadeloupe?

  • 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 Guadeloupe 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 only using hand luggage

Do you intend on bringing hand luggage?

What can I connect to a Guadeloupe power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Guadeloupe power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Guadeloupe power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Guadeloupe power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Guadeloupe power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Guadeloupe power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Guadeloupe power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Guadeloupe, 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/Guadeloupe - Guadeloupe Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D power outlets without converting voltage, costing under C$10.
  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, priced at under C$40.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, costs under C$45.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around C$15.
  8. 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, around C$25.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, costing under C$25.
  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, under C$130.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set , C$20-C$25.
  13. 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, around C$50.
  14. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, priced around C$400.
  15. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, costing C$50-C$60.
  16. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, costs under C$50.
  17. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, estimated cost under C$150.
  18. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, priced under C$250.
  19. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, priced at under C$60.
  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, under C$70.
  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, estimated price C$120-C$130.
  22. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets