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

Martinican power outlet

What adapter do I need for Martinique?

You need to bring a Type D plug adapter to Martinique if your plug doesn't fit in a Martinican power outlet.

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

  • If you are from America and travelling to Martinique you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Martinique to fit a US plug into a Martinican power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Martinique use a power converter for Martinique if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Martinican power outlet then you can use it in Martinique.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Martinican power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Martinique such a Type D plug adapter. Be aware that a plug adapter for Martinique (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Martinique, but doesn't convert the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Martinique to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Martinique if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type D plug adapter.
  • If you need to power USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type D plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Martinique[3] [AD]
  • Excessive use of a cellphone during a trip could leave you with a flat battery quickly therefore you should pack a power bank 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 220 volts used in Martinique you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Martinique read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Martinique power adapters

Power adapters for Martinique

If packing for a holiday it is helpful to know if you can charge any essential devices when you're there. But without knowing which power supply to expect you may end up either weighing your suitcases down with unnecessary spare adaptors or pack the wrong charger, therefore having to purchase a potentially overpriced charger when you're there. Different voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Martinique. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions which shows which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in Martinique by using their D, C or E type Martinican 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Martiniquais will typically use the Type D sockets in their power outlets. You will discover most power adapters differ from country to country therefore please read the Wikiconnections travel power adapters guide for a full list showing powering devices in different regions.

What is the best power adapter for Martinique?

The best power adapter for Martinique is a Type D power adapter which allows you to use any 220 volt device or appliance. [3] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for Martinique?

What is a power adapter for a Martinican 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 Martinique. [5]

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

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Martinican 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 Martinique.

Do I need a plug adapter in Martinique?

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

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

If you are visiting from Canada use a plug adapter for Martinique because A Canadian plug won't fit into a Martinican power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for Martinique if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

What does a power adapter do?

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

Where to buy a power adapter for Martinique in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Martinique in Canada

Martinique 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 Martinique

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Martinique

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 Martinique

Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight 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 will be ideal for Martinique.

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 Martinican power outlet but not the voltage used in Martinique, so if your appliance doesn't support a 220 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage then you will also need to bring a voltage converter.
  • Your accomodation in Martinique 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 Martinique 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. [3] [AD]
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip kit

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 Martinican power outlet, costing around C$25.
  • 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 Martinique 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 Martinique.

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. [6] [AD]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with swappable plugs

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 under C$20.
  • 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 Martinican power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power adapter for a Martinican power outlet.
  • As they only have USB ports you won't be able to power appliances, only USB powered devices. [7] [AD]
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 Martinique. 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-220 volt devices in Martinique.
  • 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. [8] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

A 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 over C$45 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 Martinique.

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 Martinican power outlet.
  • A plug adapter only alters the shape of the plug but won't change the voltage. [9] [AD]
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters have surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It only changes the 220 volts from a Martinican power outlet and not the shape of the plug to fit into a Martinican power outlet, therefore you will still need to pack the right type of plug adapter for Martinique.
  • 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 Martinique.
  • 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 Martinique will need a voltage converter as the voltage from a Martinican power outlet is 220 volts. [10] [AD]

Comparison of electrical adapters for Martinique

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 Martinique 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 Martinican power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type D plug adapter required to fit in a Martinican 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 220 volt AC appliance in Martinique 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$25-C$30 C$20-C$25 almost C$90
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Martinique power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Martinique?

Type C, D and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Martinique?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the plug socket by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  • Plug Type D - You can recognise the power outlet by three round holes forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise the plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral and one long metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern. [3] [AD]

Do Canadian plugs work in Martinique?

No - a Canadian plug won't work in Martinique because it doesn't fit in a Martinican power outlet without the use of a power adapter. The voltage is 220 volts therefore please use a power converter for Martinique if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance can work with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Martinique?

To use a 110V or 120V appliance in a Martinican power outlet you need to bring a step down power converter.

Is the voltage in Martinique the same as in Canada?

The voltage which comes from a Martinican power outlet is 220 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 Martinique which allows a 120 volt Canadian device to work with a 220 volt outlet.

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

The Caribbean

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

Different countries in The Caribbean use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, a plug which works with a Martinican 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 that contains different 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 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 Martinique 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.   [8] [9] [9] [AD]

What is the electrical frequency used in Martinique?

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

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

Is an outlet in Martinique the same as in Canada?

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

Should I pack a portable charger for Martinique?

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 to Martinique lowers the risk as it allows you to keep your smart phone charged without using a wall charger.
  • A typical 10,000mAh portable charger can store enough power to power over 3 full charges whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger 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 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 or gas hair straighteners are available for travelling.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [AD]
Should I pack a portable charger for Martinique?
Do solar chargers work in Martinique?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Do solar chargers work in Martinique?

The sunshine in Martinique should be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank 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 give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the climate in Martinique.
  • Phones that have been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the battery during sunny spells in Martinique, 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 Martinique 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.  [17] [18] [AD]

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Martinique 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 Martinique?

When you are travelling with more than one device and visiting more than one country then the best international travel charger for Martinique is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Martiniquais use three different standards of wall outlets (D, C and E) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip. By only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers and using only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world. [7] [AD]

What USB charger do I need for Martinique?

Why use a travel USB charger for Martinique?

  • 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 Martinique.
  • 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 Martinique.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Martinique power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel rooms or accommodation in Martinique 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 Martinique 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 Martinican power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Martinican 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. [7] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for Martinique?

A 4 port USB travel charger 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 Martinique 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 Martinique. [7] [AD]

Power converters for Martinique

What is a power converter?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Martinican 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 Martinique?

An expensive and bulky power converter will convert a 220 volt Martinican power outlet to work with a non-220 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 Martinique. [19] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for Martinique?

When you are visiting Martinique from a different country please ensure that the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • You need a step down power converter if you are visiting Martinique from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 220 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets page to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage such as 120 volts and then used in a 220 volt outlet run the risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair dryers or curling irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter which allows it to be used with a 220 volt Martinican power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier high wattage power converter to Martinique in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers in Martinique , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20] [AD]

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

The 220 volts found in a power outlet in Martinique 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 Martinique?

If you need to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Martinique you will need to buy a step down power converter[10] [AD]

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 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Martinican 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 Martinique before plugging that into a Martinican 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 220 volt Martinican power outlet. [10] [AD]

What voltage is used in Martinique?

Martinique uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets. [2]

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

Single 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 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

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 Martinique?

Which type of power adapter will you need for Martinique?

The plug adapter or power converter which is best to use in Martinique 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 Martinique?

How many devices are you packing

How many electrical devices are you packing for Martinique?

  • Add up how many devices and applicances you want to pack for Martinique (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 devices do you want to use?

Make a list of items to bring

What types of devices do you want to use?

  • There are three types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electronic devices which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which plug into an electrical outlet - for example curling irons and hair dryers.
    • USB powered electrical devices which charge using a USB port - for example phones and tablet computers.
  • Should you only need to take just USB powered devices then you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is ideal as you will only have to pack that single charger rather than needing to pack lots of domestic chargers.
  • Travel power strips are built for powering and voltage conversion for many low wattage devices, but won't work with high wattage appliances that require voltage conversion.

Will your appliances only work with a 220 volt power outlet?

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

Will you only bring USB devices

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

How many Martinican power outlets will be available?

Are multiple outlets available

How many Martinican 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. [6] [AD]

Do you intend on visiting countries other than Martinique?

  • 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.

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 220 volts), but paying anywhere C$25-C$30 means you can power multiple devices simultaneously and bring them to various different countries.

Are you intending on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

Do you intend on bringing hand luggage?

Are you only using hand baggage

Do you intend on bringing hand luggage?

How long does it take to travel to Martinique?

Arriving at an airport

How long does it take to travel to Martinique?

  • 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 for recharging on the go. After arriving in Martinique 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. [4] [AD]

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

What can I connect to a Martinican power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Martinican power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Martinican power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Martinican power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Martinican power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Martinican power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Martinican power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Martinique, 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

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.

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  1. Wikipedia - Martinique Wikipedia web page.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type D plug adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D plug adapter has large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, priced at 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, estimated cost 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, under C$30
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost 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, costing C$25-C$30
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, 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, C$120-C$130
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, priced under C$210.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, C$50-C$60.
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, priced C$25-C$30.
  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, costing C$140-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, priced 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, C$80-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, under C$280.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -