Canada to Jamaica power adapters - what kind of electrical adapter do I need for a Jamaican power outlet?

Jamaican power outlet

What adapter do I need for Jamaica?

You need to use a Type B plug adapter for Jamaica if the plug you need to use won't fit into a Jamaican power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Jamaica all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Jamaican power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device uses then read the section about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • Certain areas in Jamaica do not have access to electricity and suffer from power blackouts, it is advised to pack a portable charger if you want to recharge your mobile phone whilst staying in a region without electricity or during a blackout.
  • If you are travelling to Jamaica from America then all US appliances and devices should work without an adapter or power converter as long as your device can work with a 50hz power outlet. One recommendation however is to bring a multiple USB travel power adapter as it will allow you to charge more than one device with only a single power charger.
  • If your device can run on 110 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Jamaican power outlet then you can use it in Jamaica.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Jamaican power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Jamaica such a Type B plug adapter. Note that a plug adapter for Jamaica (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Jamaica, but won't convert the voltage from 110 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 110 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Jamaica to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Jamaica if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, however make sure that you bring one which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Jamaica[3] [AD]

Warning: If your device won't handle 110 volts you run a risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in Jamaica check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Jamaica power adapters

Power adapters for Jamaica

When packing for a vacation to Jamaica it's helpful to know in advance if you can charge your common devices when you're there. But, without knowing which plug socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced power adaptor when you get there that might be incompatible. Varying complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Jamaica. This page has links to instructions showing how to power your devices when going to Jamaica using their Type B or A Jamaican 110 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Jamaicans will typically use the Type B sockets in their power outlets. Power changes depending on which country you are visiting so please read the power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Jamaica?

The best power adapter for Jamaica is a Type B power adapter which allows you to use any 110 volt device or appliance. [3] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for Jamaica?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that allow a Jamaican power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from a foreign region. [5]

Do I need a plug adapter in Jamaica?

If the shape of the plug outlet in Jamaica is different to the shape of the Jamaican power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

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

A Canadian plug will not require a plug adapter as it will fit into a Jamaican power outlet.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Jamaica enables a visitor from a different country to use their own electronic appliances and devices in Jamaica by altering the shape of the plug to fit the power outlet.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Jamaica?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt Jamaican power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use any 220-240 volt device you also need to bring a step up power converter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Jamaica in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Jamaica in Canada

Jamaica 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.

Where to buy a power adapter in Jamaica

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Jamaica

On arrival power adapters could 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.

Electrical adapters for Jamaica

Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip with included adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of charging more than one appliance or device concurrently via one plug socket, costing C$25-C$30.
  • You will find certain types of power strips have voltage conversation for low wattage electronics (for example cameras). Even if the appliance isn't dual voltage it can still be used in Jamaica when using just a travel power strip. This makes a travel power strip a lightweight and cheap substitute for a dedicated power converter.
  • Typical models will also feature a number of USB ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain areas could fluctuate, a power surge might damage your delicate devices. There are some travel power strips which include a built in surge protector to protect any device from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • It will potentially still be of use in your home country.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Jamaica.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The conversion on travel power strips doesn't convert higher wattage appliances such as curling irons or hair straighteners.
  • Because of the size and weight of a travel power strip it might be too bulky for hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be considered excessive if you only have a small number of appliances and devices that need powering. [6] [AD]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with changable heads

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.
  • Instead of packing multiple domestic power chargers you will only have to bring a single unit which costs roughly under C$20.
  • Supplied with swappable adapter heads which means they can be used in a large number of countries. The interchangeable adapter heads are typically lightweight and small which makes them easy to fit into hand luggage.
  • Travel USB wall chargers should also include a surge protector to protect any device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • When you return to your home country the charger could still work.
  • The swappable heads will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in Jamaica.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB ports so you can't power any electrical appliances, just USB ones. [7] [AD]
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type B plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Canadian travellers using any domestic 2 pin Type A or 3 pin Type B plugs will not need to use a plug adapter for Jamaica as these already fit a Jamaican power outlet.

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Small and light.
  • Affordable, prices around C$45.
  • Straightforward design makes it simple to use.
  • Using a Type B plug adapter will be ideal for Jamaica.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • A single adapter per plug - for every separate device you'll also need to bring a separate power plug adapter.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type B Jamaican power outlet but doesn't change the voltage. So if your appliance doesn't work with 110 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll still need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • Hotel rooms might only have one power outlet available, therefore you will only be able to power a single appliance at once.
  • If you need to charge a USB device then you also still need to pack a domestic USB charger.
  • Should you intend to visit more than just Jamaica then you might need to bring along more than one type of plug adapter for other countries. [3] [AD]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Typical models are designed to function in around 150 countries.
  • All-in-one design which is both lightweight and small, C$25-C$30.
  • There are some models which have multiple charging ports for USB electronics.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some models include a surge protector built in which will protect any 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 be of use back at home as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should work with a Jamaican power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • A universal adapter will overload when used with a high power appliance such as clothes irons, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, kettles, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • The internal moving parts such as pins and shutters could be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them prone to jamming whilst abroad.
  • Will only provide power to one plug.
  • Might not work in some countries - models might not work in certain countries with less popular power outlet types.
  • Lacking a built in voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for non-110 volt electrical devices. [8] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

A comprehensive plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly C$20-C$25 an adapter set will typically work out more reasonable than buying multiple individual power plug adapter types costing over C$45 each.
  • By bringing every type of plug adapter ensures that you are covered for every country and not just a Jamaican power outlet.
  • The most flexible option for anyone travelling to multiple locations.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so should be suitable with a Jamaican power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible - before any trip you will need to decide which adapters to bring in advance, or alternatively bring every adapter type with you.
  • Lots individual items to pack.
  • With just a single working plug adapter the remaining power adapters will be redundant.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included (especially rarer ones), so ensure that your set has an adapter which works in Jamaica.
  • Each adapter only changes the shape of the plug but doesn't modify the actual voltage. [9] [AD]
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters have surge protection

Voltage Converters

Those originating from Canada will not need to bring a converter as the voltage in Jamaica is 110 volts.

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • Only changes the 110 volts from a Jamaican power outlet and won't change the shape of the plug to fit in a Jamaican power outlet, so you will still be required to bring a suitable power adapter for Jamaica.
  • Expensive - C$120-C$130.
  • The weight of most models of voltage converters makes them unsuitable for hand luggage.
  • A voltage converter won't be of any use when get back home.
  • It is usually better value to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy an expensive voltage converter just to power your existing single voltage domestic appliance in an incompatible location.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Jamaica

Type B 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 Jamaica Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included B 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) 45+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type B Jamaican power outlet Yes Yes Yes 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 110 volt AC appliance in Jamaica 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$50 C$25-C$30 C$15-C$20 C$25-C$30 C$20-C$25 almost C$90
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Jamaica power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Jamaica?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Jamaica?

There are two types of power outlets used in Jamaica, these are type B and A with the primary power supply being type B:

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the power outlet by two thin adjacent slots where the pins go.
  • Plug Type B - This wall socket (also called a type B power outlet) can be recognised by the two slots for live and neutral blades with a semicircular hole below for the ground pin. [3] [AD]

Do Canadian plugs work in Jamaica?

Yes, a Canadian plug should work with a Jamaican power outlet so won't need a power converter or an adapter, however check that your appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

What is the frequency used with a Jamaican power outlet?

The frequency from a Jamaican power outlet is 50Hz. [11]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country

Are outlets in Jamaica the same as in Canada?

A Canadian plug will fit into a Jamaican power outlet, the voltage is within the 100-128 volt range used in Canada however the frequency is different so you will need to check that your device works with 50hz.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Jamaica?

To use a 220V appliance in a Jamaican power outlet you need to use a step up power converter.

Is an electrical power outlet for the Caribbean Islands the same as a Jamaican power outlet?

The Caribbean

Is an electrical power outlet for the Caribbean Islands the same as a Jamaican power outlet?

Various countries throughout The Caribbean use different voltages and power outlet types, a plug that works with a Jamaican power outlet might not work in an electric outlet on another island. If you are visiting more than one country in The Caribbean it is advised to either bring along a multiple power adapter travel set consisting of various types of power adapters, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter as both these options make sure that you're covered for most different power outlet types which you may encounter.

As different islands in The Caribbean all use different voltages and power outlet types you may discover a plug that is used in Jamaica might not function properly on another island. When preparing to travel check these pages for further guides on what you can expect for every Caribbean island: 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.   [8] [9] [9] [AD]

What is access to electricity in Jamaica like?

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

Are there power outages in Jamaica?

It is reported that there are weekly power blackouts in Jamaica.

Should I pack a power bank for Jamaica?

Power bank

Should I pack a power bank for Jamaica?

Because electricity isn't available to 100% of the population of Jamaica together with potential power blackouts, travellers should use alternative charging options if they need to continue using devices such as mobile phones or eReaders.

  • During a trip to Jamaica increased reliance on smart phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, social network sharing, getting directions and staying entertained can syphon off power more excessively than normal. As well as the simple missing photograph opportunities a flat mobile phone battery can potentially leave you without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to find your way back to hotel. Using a 10,000mAh portable charger in Jamaica lowers that risk as it allows you to recharge your smart phone on the go, especially when travelling to a country with limited access to electricity and power cuts in some areas.
  • A 10,000mAh power bank will supply enough power to cover around 3 full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger should keep a typical mobile phone powered for around seven days.
  • Providing that your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then packing a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of the laptop when travelling to Jamaica. Be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage so please check ahead with the carrier first.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high powered items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are designed for travelling to locations with both power cuts and a lack of access to electricity like Jamaica.    [12] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [AD]
Does a solar powered charger work in Jamaica?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

Does a solar powered charger work in Jamaica?

The climate in Jamaica will be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank dependably, but needs to be left in strong sunlight in order to provide adequate power for a single charge. It may prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The bigger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack give the backpack the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the climate in Jamaica.
  • A phone that is plugged directly into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in Jamaica, however this could be inconvenient to have it continually tethered in the bag if it is to be used frequently. 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 Jamaica is suitable, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and includes a 10,000mAH power bank or greater. Unlike regular rigid solar cells, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags are designed to survive scratching and bending. They are found in laptop messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them perfect for travel, domestic and work.  [17] [18] [AD]

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)

Jamaica 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 Jamaica?

If travelling with more than one device and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Jamaica is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Jamaicans use two different standards of wall outlets (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Jamaica or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for an adaptable travel adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably. [7] [AD]

What USB charger do I need for Jamaica?

Why use a travel USB charger for Jamaica?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only bringing one USB wall charger rather than bringing several different USB chargers.
  • Travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal when visiting different countries across North America which are likely to use different standards to Jamaica.
  • Good USB travel chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Jamaica.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 110 volt power outlets in Jamaica along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that some hotels in Jamaica only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perfect.
  • 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 mobile phone in Jamaica might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in low powered devices such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances in Jamaica for useful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices with a Jamaican power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices need extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by recharging multiple cell phones every day using a single power outlet. [7] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for Jamaica?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Jamaica using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Jamaica. [7] [AD]

Power converters for Jamaica

What is a power converter for a Jamaican power outlet?

Power converters enable you to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt electrical device with a 110 volt Jamaican 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 Jamaica?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Jamaica, however an expensive and bulkier power converter will transform the voltage of 110 volts from a Jamaican power outlet to work with a non-110 volt appliance. [19] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for Jamaica?

If you are visiting Jamaica from a different country ensure the device will accept a 110 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter if you are travelling to Jamaica from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device won't support 110 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 110 volt single voltage appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (such as 230 volts) and used with 110 volts may take longer to charge or simply won't turn on. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to Jamaica from another region then check that it will work with a 110 volt Jamaican power outlet or you will need to bring a step up power converter.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • If supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as hair dryers and curling irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter.
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance should be more cost effective and practical than investing in a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in Jamaica.
  • Read our travel guides on how to use curling wands, clothes irons, hairdryers and hair straighteners with Jamaican power outlets which includes guides on affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20] [AD]

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

A Canadian plug does not need a power converter because the voltage from a Jamaican power outlet is in the same 100-120 volt range as Canada.

What kind of converter do I need for Jamaica?

If you need to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Jamaica you will need to buy a step up power converter[10] [AD]

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

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 110 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 110 volt Jamaican 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 Jamaica before plugging that into a Jamaican 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 from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 110 volt Jamaican power outlet. [10] [AD]

What voltage is used in Jamaica?

Jamaica uses 110 volts in their standard power outlets. [2]

https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

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 a sticker on the existing power plug, or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location might depend on the make or model of your unit but should 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 normally say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters (October 2018).

What type of adapter do you need for Jamaica?

Which type of plug adapter do you need for Jamaica?

The type of plug adapter or power converter which is best to bring to Jamaica is dependant on your requirements, so before choosing the right one to use we recommend using this checklist:

How many electrical items will you be packing for Jamaica?

How many devices are you taking

How many electrical items will you be packing for Jamaica?

  • List all the applicances and devices you intended on packing for Jamaica (including laptops, cell phones, tablets, eReaders, hair straighteners or clothes irons).
    • Remember to allow for more devices in the future. Are you thinking about purchasing a new tablet computer soon?
    • There is a growing amount of USB powered rechargeable devices such as electric shavers that use a USB port as their power source. The if you have to buy a new device it might use a USB adapter so please 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 different types of electrical items do you need to charge with a Jamaican power outlet?

A USB powered phone

What different types of electrical items do you need to charge with a Jamaican power outlet?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electrical items that plug into a power outlet - for example a camera.
    • High wattage appliances that plug into a power outlet - for example hair straighteners or clothes irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices that charge with a USB port - for example cellphones or tablets.
  • If you only intend to take just USB powered devices to Jamaica then you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is ideal as you will only have to pack that single charger whilst leaving your domestic chargers at home.
  • Travel power strips are built for providing power and voltage conversion for many low wattage devices of any voltage, however won't work with high wattage appliances (such as hair straighteners) that require voltage conversion.
Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Jamaica?

Are you only bringing USB items

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

  • Should you only intend on using USB powered electronics such as mobile phones for Jamaica then it is recommended to just bring a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter you will still need to bring the USB charger that was supplied with your device as well. [7] [AD]

Do your devices and appliances only work with a 110 volt power outlet?

Is Jamaica the only country you plan on visiting?

  • Single power adapters only typically work in a single country which they are built for, therefore if you need to visit multiple countries you may need to bring additional power adapters which can in turn add 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.
How many Jamaican power outlets will be available?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many Jamaican power outlets will be available?

  • A hotel might only offer a single power outlet on the wall. This will present an inconvenience if charging up batteries of more than one electronic device overnight because you can only charge a single device at a time every few hours.
  • To recharge more than one device at the same time look to bringing a travel USB wall charger or a travel power strip which are capable of charging multiple USB ports and outlets. [6] [AD]

Are you planning to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

What is your budget?

  • A basic power adapter starts at under C$10 which charges a single device from a Jamaican power outlet (provided that works with 110 volts or it is dual voltage) but investing in roughly C$25-C$30 will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously and be able to bring them to various countries.

Will you always have reliable access to electrical power?

  • The power could sporadically fluctuate in Jamaica and this might cause damage to your devices, look for a power adapter which has surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Because Jamaica has power cuts and having partial access to electricity you might find that whatever power charger you pack for the country doesn't work anyway. Using a portable charger or a solar backpack will prepare you for power cuts and limited electricity access.  [4] [4] [17] [AD]

Would you like to use your charger when returning to Canada?

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Are you flying long haul to get to Jamaica?

How long will it take to travel

Are you flying long haul to get to Jamaica?

  • If you're taking a longer trip to get to Jamaica it's worth thinking about packing an appropriate 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.
  • As not all flights have power outlets available for the public we recommend packing a travel portable charger which will recharge on the go. When you land you could have to rely on your phone for making a call, receiving messages, using sat nav to locate a hotel or recalling an itinerary; therefore it is recommended that your phone has enough battery power left. [4] [AD]

What can I connect to a Jamaican power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Jamaican power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Jamaican power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Jamaican power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Jamaican power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a Jamaican power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Jamaican power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Jamaican power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Jamaica, 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[21]

Disclaimer

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  1. Wikipedia - Jamaica entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - US and Japanese 3 pinned Type B plug adapters have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades containing holes in each blade, C$45-C$50
  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, estimated price under C$45.
  5. Wikipedia - 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, priced around C$25
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20
  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, priced around C$25
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, costing C$20-C$25
  10. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet, C$120-C$130
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, C$25-C$30
  13. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, C$200-C$210.
  14. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, C$50-C$60.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, under C$45.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, estimated price under C$150.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, estimated cost under C$120
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, costs C$50-C$60.
  19. 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$90
  20. 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, priced at under C$280.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -