Canada to Nevis power adapters - what plug adapter do I need for Nevis?

Nevis power outlet

What adapter do I need for Nevis?

Bring a Type G plug adapter to Nevis if the plug you would like to use doesn't fit in a Nevis power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Nevis will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Nevis power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device uses then read the section below on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • Some areas in Nevis suffer from regular blackouts therefore you should pack a portable charger if you need to recharge your cellphone and other devices whilst travelling during a blackout.
  • If you are planning on travelling to Nevis from the US we suggest using a power adapter for Nevis as an American Type A or Type B power outlet might not commonly be found. Because the voltage is different in Nevis use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Nevis power outlet then it should work in Nevis without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Nevis power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Nevis such a Type G plug adapter. Please Note that a plug adapter for Nevis (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Nevis, but doesn't change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Nevis to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Nevis if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you want to power USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Nevis[3]

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before attempting to use your device in Nevis check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Nevis power adapters

Power adapters for Nevis

Complicated standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in another country, especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Nevis. This page contains links to instructions showing you exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you are in Nevis using the Type G, A, B or D Nevis 230 volt 60Hz power outlets. You'll discover that power sockets differ depending on which area you are travelling to so we recommend reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Nevis?

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

What is the best power adapter for Nevis?

What is a power adapter for a Nevis power outlet?

A power adapter for Nevis is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug from another country to fit into a Nevis power outlet.

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

Do I need a power adapter in Nevis?

If the type of Nevis power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

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Will I need a power adapter for Nevis if I'm from Canada?

Canadian Type A or B power outlets might not readily be found in Nevis so it is advisable to bring a suitable plug adapter for Nevis, however as the voltage is 230 volts you will definitely need to bring a power converter for Nevis if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

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Does a power adapter change the voltage in Nevis?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Nevis power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device you also need to bring a step down power converter for Nevis along with the right power adapter.

What does a power adapter for a Nevis power outlet do?

A power adapter for Nevis allows a visitor from a different location to use electrical appliances in Nevis by changing the shape of the plug to fit the power socket.

Where to buy a power adapter for Nevis in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Nevis in Canada

Nevis 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 Nevis

Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Able to power several electronic devices and appliances at the same time from just a single plug socket, costing around C$25.
  • You will find some models will convert voltage for lower wattage electronics. So therefore if the appliance isn't dual voltage it will still be used in Nevis when using a travel power strip, making them a cheaper lightweight substitute for a dedicated power converter.
  • Some models should feature a number of USB ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain countries could be unstable, a power surge will damage delicate devices. Some power strips include a surge protector, this will protect any electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • It can still be of some use domestically as a USB charger and power strip.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Nevis.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a dedicated voltage converter, the conversion on travel power strips doesn't support high wattage appliances such as clothes irons or hair straighteners.
  • Due to their size power strips might be unsuitable for hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be excessive for some travellers with only a small number of items to charge. [6]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with changable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect if you only want to power USB devices, for example cell phones, tablet computers or eReaders.
  • You only have to bring a single charger rather than pack multiple domestic USB power chargers which costs on average C$15-C$20.
  • Supplied with swappable adapter heads meaning they can be used in a large number of different locations. Interchangeable adapter heads which are supplied with USB wall chargers are usually small and lightweight which makes them easy to store.
  • Has a surge protector.
  • The charger should still be functional back home.
  • The swappable heads fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work with a Nevis power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB outputs so you can't power any appliances, just USB powered ones. [7]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Most models will work in over 150 different countries.
  • All-in-one compact design which is lightweight and small for around C$25.
  • Some universal travel adapters have charging ports for USB electronics.
  • Relatively straightforward operation.
  • Some universal travel adapters also have a surge protector which will prevent any device from being overloaded by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The retracting pins won't get caught against other items in your luggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter will potentially still be functional back at home as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will work with a Nevis power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Can't be used with any high power appliances; for example hair straighteners, microwaves, kettles, vacuum cleaners or hair dryers.
  • The moving parts might be fragile on some models making them prone to failure when travelling.
  • Will only provide power to one plug.
  • Not completely universal - some models might not work in certain countries with less common power outlet types.
  • They lack a built in power converter meaning they're not suitable for appliances which don't support 230 volts. [8]
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Using a Type G plug adapter will work in Nevis.
  • Straightforward design makes the power adapter easy to use.
  • Cheapest option, prices under C$15.
  • Small and light.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • If you plan on travelling to more than just Nevis then you may need to pack multiple power adapter types.
  • Only alters the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Nevis power outlet and not the voltage used in Nevis. So if your device doesn't work with 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need to bring a voltage converter.
  • One adapter for each plug - for each separate device you'll also need to bring a separate adapter.
  • Hotel rooms in Nevis might only have a single wall outlet, therefore you'll only be able to charge a single device at a time.
  • You'll also need to bring a separate USB charger as well if you wish to charge any USB device. [3]
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 set works out cheaper than purchasing multiple power plug adapters for multiple locations costing almost C$10 each.
  • Covers every eventuality and not just a Nevis power outlet.
  • If you are visiting different locations this is ideal.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will be suitable with a Nevis power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; you'll have to choose which adapters they'll need, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring every plug adapter in the set.
  • Lots individual items to pack.
  • The remaining power adapters will be redundant.
  • Not every plug adapter types are typically included (especially the less common ones) - so ensure that your set includes an adapter that is compatible with a Nevis power outlet.
  • Each adapter only alters the shape of the plug but not the actual voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter with surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A power converter only changes the 230 volts from a Nevis power outlet and not the actual shape of the plug to slot in a Nevis power outlet, therefore you'll still need to use the right type of plug adapter.
  • The typical size of most models of voltage converters makes them unsuitable for carrying in hand baggage.
  • An expensive converter will be useless when you return to Canada.
  • Often better value and more practical to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase a much more expensive voltage converter simply to power your existing single voltage appliance abroad.
  • Costly, C$110-C$120.
  • Canadian travellers going to Nevis will require one as the voltage in Nevis is 230 volts. [10]

Comparison of electrical adapters for Nevis

Type G Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Nevis Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included G A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 50+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type G Nevis power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a Nevis power outlet Yes
Useful when you return to Canada Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 230 volt AC appliance in Nevis 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$15 C$25-C$30 C$15-C$20 C$25-C$30 C$20-C$25 almost C$80
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Nevis power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Nevis?

There are four different types of power supply used in Nevis, types G, A, B and D with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type A - You can identify the wall socket by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type B - The wall socket, also called a type B power outlet, is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other where the twin blades go with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the longer grounded pin.
  • Plug Type D - This power socket, also known as a type D power outlet, can be identified by 3 round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  • Plug Type G - You can identify the wall outlet by the three vertical holes with shutters in a triangular pattern. [3]
What plug sockets are used in Nevis?

Do Canadian plugs work in Nevis?

No - because the voltage is 230 volts you will need to use a power converter for Nevis if your device isn't dual voltage. We suggest bringing all types of power adapters for Nevis as Canadian types A or B power outlet might not commonly be found.

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Is the voltage in Nevis the same as in Canada?

The voltage in Nevis is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in Canada. If your Canadian appliance or power charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Nevis power outlet which can lower the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

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How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Nevis?

To use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in a Nevis power outlet you will need to bring a step down power converter.

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Is a power outlet for the Caribbean the same as a Nevis power outlet?

The Caribbean

Is a power outlet for the Caribbean the same as a Nevis power outlet?

Various islands throughout The Caribbean use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, a plug that could be used in Nevis might not operate in another island. If you are visiting more than one island in The Caribbean it is recommended to either use a multiple power adapter travel set consisting of every type of power adapter, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter as both these options ensure you're covered for most different power outlet types which you might find in each country.

As each island in The Caribbean uses different standards of voltages and power outlet types, a plug that can be used in Nevis might not operate on another island. For further details on what to expect we've put together similar instructions to this page 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]

What frequency is used in a Nevis power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current in a Nevis power outlet is 60Hz. [11]

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

Is a Nevis power outlet the same as in Canada?

Even though a Canadian Type A or Type B outlet could be available in Nevis it is still recommended to use a suitable plug adapter for Nevis. The frequency is the same in Canada but the voltage is different so you need to use a power converter for Nevis if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

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Does Nevis have many power outages?

Every week in Nevis power cuts are reported.

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What is access to electricity in Nevis like?

100% of population in Nevis has access to electricity.

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Should I bring a portable charger to Nevis?

Due to problems with the reliability of the power grid in Nevis visitors are advised to bring alternative charging options if they want to recharge devices such as cellphones reliably.

  • Whilst travelling increased reliance on mobile phones for taking photos, storing calendars, getting directions, social networks and streaming videos will drain the power towards the end of the day. A flat smart phone battery can potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use sat nav to return to your accommodation.
  • Using a power bank in Nevis lowers that risk as it allows you to keep your smart phone powered without needing a phone charger, especially when travelling to a location with power outages in some areas.
  • A 10,000mAh portable charger will supply enough energy to power around 3 full charge cycles while a 20,000mAh portable charger should keep a typical cell phone powered for almost seven days.
  • If your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then 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 your laptop when travelling to Nevis.
  • Before travelling please note that some airlines don't let you take portable chargers on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold so please check ahead with the airline.
  • Consumer power banks won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are designed for travelling to locations with regular power cuts such as Nevis.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Should I bring a portable charger to Nevis?
Do solar battery chargers work in Nevis?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Do solar battery chargers work in Nevis?

The climate in Nevis will be adequate enough to charge solar power bank dependably, but needs to be exposed to strong sunshine in order to provide enough energy for a single charge. This may prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the larger solar panels found on a solar backpack will give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, meaning they should perform well in Nevis.
  • Phones that are directly plugged into the USB port of a solar backpack will gradually top up the battery during sunny periods in Nevis, but this could be inconvenient to have it continuously tethered to the bag during the day should it be used constantly. Unlike a handheld solar power bank which requires unpacking facing the sunlight, a solar bag is more often exposed to light so can be recharging a regular power bank during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in Nevis is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or greater. Unlike normal firm solar cells, the flexible and durable cells used in solar powered bags have been designed to endure scratching and bending. Solar bags are found in rucksack, backpack and messenger styles which makes them ideal for travel, work and domestic use.  [4] [17] [18]

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)

Nevis 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 Nevis?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best travel power adapter for Nevis is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Nevisian use four different standards of wall outlets (types G, A, B and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A and G.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your model of device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single plug socket.

If you travel often we suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably. [7]

What USB charger do I need for Nevis?

Why use a travel USB charger for Nevis?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. It helps reduce the size and weight of your baggage by only packing one USB wall charger rather than needing to bring numerous individual USB chargers along.
  • Most travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions thereby making them ideal when travelling to other countries across North America which are likely to use different standards to Nevis.
  • A good USB charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing along a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair in Nevis.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 230 volts used in Nevis power outlets plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Nevis only have a single wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Due to their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scarce and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perfect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Nevis might prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Premium USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to allow you to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances with a Nevis power outlet for advice on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Nevis power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cell phones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • Travel USB chargers can still be useful when returning home by charging multiple cell phones every night using a single power outlet. [7]

What is the best USB charger for Nevis?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Nevis 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Nevis.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 Nevis. [7]

Power converters for Nevis

What is a power converter for a Nevis power outlet?

Power converters for Nevis allow travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical device with a 230 volt Nevis power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Nevis?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Nevis, however a heavier and more expensive power converter converts a 230 volt Nevis power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance. [19]

Do I need a power converter for Nevis?

When you are travelling to Nevis from another country make sure the device can be used with a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are visiting Nevis from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance doesn't support 230 volts. See our WikiConnections world power outlets page to find out which voltage is used in your country.
  • 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.
  • Typically, devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used in a 230 volt power outlet run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard unless a step down power converter is used.
  • You don't need a converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a laptop as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and curling irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter.
  • It might be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a much heavier power converter to Nevis just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our comprehensive guides on how to use clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Nevis power outlets , along with recommendations on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]

Will I need a power converter for Nevis if I'm visiting from Canada?

The 230 volts from a wall outlet in Nevis is different to an Canadian supply so please bring a if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

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What kind of converter do I need for Nevis?

You need to buy a step down power converter in order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Nevis. [10]

What is the difference between a power converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a power 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 to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Nevis 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 Nevis before plugging that into a Nevis 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 Nevis power outlet. [10]

What voltage does Nevis use?

Nevis uses 230 volts in their power outlets. [2]

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How to tell the voltage of your device

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How to tell the voltage of your device

The easiest way to tell if a device is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied power adapter, or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might vary depending on the make or model of your device but should also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could say a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger voltage 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 Nevis?

Which type of plug adapter do I need for Nevis?

The plug adapter or power converter that is suitable for Nevis is dependant on your requirements, prior to deciding the right one to pack we suggest using the following checklist:

How many devices will you be bringing to Nevis?

How many devices are you bringing

How many devices will you be bringing to Nevis?

  • Try adding up how many electrical items you intend to bring to Nevis (for example laptops, phones, tablets, eReaders, clothes irons or hair dryers).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more electrical items in the future. Are you thinking about purchasing a new laptop computer soon?
    • There is an increasing amount of USB powered rechargeable devices such as electric shavers which use USB charging for a power source, the if you buy a new device it might use a USB power adapter so ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports for these additional items too.
  • Are you bringing children along who might need to charge their iPads?
Are you only charging USB devices?

Are you only charging USB items

Are you only charging USB devices?

What types of electrical items do you want to charge?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic devices that plug into a power outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage appliances which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example hair straighteners and clothes irons.
    • USB electrical devices that charge using a USB port - for example mobile phones and tablet computers.
  • When you only want to bring along just USB powered devices then a travel USB wall charger is ideal because you will only need to pack that single compact charger with appropriate existing charging cables rather than having to pack numerous domestic chargers.
  • A travel power strip is built for powering and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices of any voltage, but won't work with high wattage appliances which require voltage conversion.

Will your devices and appliances work with a 230 volt power outlet?

Is Nevis the only location you intend on visiting?

  • A single plug adapter only operates in the one country which it is made for, so if you plan on visiting multiple countries then you may need to pack additional plug adapters which in turn adds to the weight you'll have to bring.
  • However, universal travel adapters and travel USB wall chargers are designed for visiting multiple countries due to their interchangeable head system.
How many Nevis power outlets are available?

How many power outlets will be available

How many Nevis power outlets are available?

  • A hotel may only have a single power outlet on the wall. This will be an inconvenience when charging up the batteries of multiple electronic items such as tablets, mobile phones or laptops overnight as you'll only be able to charge a single device at a time.
  • Should you want to charge more than one device simultaneously then we suggest using either a USB wall charger or a travel power strip which can charge multiple USB ports and power outlets. [6]

Do you plan to visit elsewhere in the future?

What is your budget?

  • A basic power adapter starts at under C$10 which will charge only a single device in Nevis (providing that works with 230 volts or is dual voltage), but investing in roughly C$25-C$30 means you can power more than one device at once and use them in various countries.

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

Do you intend to bring hand luggage to Nevis?

Are you only using hand luggage

Do you intend to bring hand luggage to Nevis?

Will it take you a long time to get to Nevis?

Making a call after a long haul flight

Will it take you a long time to get to Nevis?

  • For much longer journeys consider a convenient airport-friendly charger that can be used with different power outlet types, one that is small enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can be used to quickly charge tablets and phones.
  • Not all airlines and airports actually have power outlets so consider using a travel portable charger which will recharge on the go. After arriving you could have to use a cell phone for making calls, using sat nav to locate your hotel or recalling itineraries; therefore it is recommended that your phone will have ample charge left. [4]

What can I connect to a Nevis power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Nevis power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Nevis power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Nevis power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Nevis power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to the Nevis power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Nevis power outlet

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

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

Corrections

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

  1. Wikipedia - Nevis Wikipedia page.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, costing under C$15.
  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 C$45-C$50.
  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 at 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, costing around C$25.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, C$20-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$110-C$120.
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, estimated cost C$200-C$210.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, estimated cost C$50-C$60.
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, under C$40.
  15. 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.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, priced under C$130.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, under C$130.
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, under 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$80.
  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 -