Saint Kitts power adapters - what plugs are used in Saint Kitts?

St Kitts power outlet

What adapter do I need for Saint Kitts?

You need to use a Type G plug adapter [3] for Saint Kitts if your plug won't fit into a St Kitts power outlet.

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

  • Certain areas in Saint Kitts suffer from regular power blackouts, it is advised to pack a portable charger [4] if you want to keep your cellphone battery fully charged during a power outage.
  • If you're travelling to Saint Kitts from the US then we recommend bringing a power adapter for Saint Kitts as US Type A or Type B outlets might not commonly be used. Because the voltage is different in Saint Kitts use a power converter for Saint Kitts if your device isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a St Kitts power outlet then you can use it in Saint Kitts.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a St Kitts power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Saint Kitts such a Type G plug adapter [3]. Note that a plug adapter for Saint Kitts (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Saint Kitts, but can't convert the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Saint Kitts to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Saint Kitts if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a cell 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 G plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Saint Kitts.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 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 Saint Kitts check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Saint Kitts power adapters

Power adapters for Saint Kitts

If you are organizing a vacation to Saint Kitts it can be useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use all your vital electronics that you are bringing along with you. Without knowing which wall socket is being used you may bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to purchase a suitable charger when you're there. Different voltages and sockets can often be confusing when planning on travelling to another country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Saint Kitts. This page has links to step-by-step instructions telling you exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're visiting Saint Kitts by using the standard Type G, A, B or D 230 volt 60Hz power outlets, Type G plug outlets will be typically used by a majority of Kittitian. Most power adapters will change depending on which area you visiting therefore please read our Wikiconnections travel power adapters guide for a full list showing powering devices in different destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Saint Kitts?

The best power adapter for Saint Kitts is a Type G power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Saint Kitts?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that allow an electic socket in Saint Kitts to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a different region.

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

Do I need a plug adapter in Saint Kitts?

If the power plug you are using is different to the shape of the St Kitts power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for Saint Kitts if I'm visiting from America?

A US Type A or Type B power outlet might not readily be available in Saint Kitts so it is advisable to use a suitable plug adapter for Saint Kitts, however because the voltage is 230 volts you will definitely need to use a power converter for Saint Kitts to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or charger if it isn't dual voltage.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a St Kitts power outlet?

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt St Kitts power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device then you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter along with the correct type of power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from another country to use electrical appliances in Saint Kitts simply by changing the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Saint Kitts?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Saint Kitts?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

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

Electrical adapters for Saint Kitts

Travel Power Strips

Travel power strip including plug 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 around $30 USD.
  • 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 Saint Kitts 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 Saint Kitts. (Note: UK power strips include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you will need to use it with an additional plug adapter.)

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • 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.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with swappable 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 costing around $18 USD.
  • Supplied with interchangeable adapter heads which means they can be used in a large number of locations. The interchangeable adapter heads are typically small and lightweight which makes them easy to pack.
  • Travel USB chargers will include a surge protector built in which will protect your device from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • When you return to Canada it could still be of use.
  • The swappable plugs will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in Saint Kitts.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Because it only has USB outputs you can't to charge any electrical appliances, just USB powered ones.
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Using a Type G plug adapter [3] will work in Saint Kitts.
  • Straightforward design makes this plug adapter easy to operate.
  • Affordable, with prices starting at around $7 USD.
  • Lightweight and small.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Should you intend on travelling to more than just Saint Kitts you might need to pack multiple plug adapter types.
  • An adapter only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Type G St Kitts power outlet and doesn't modify the actual voltage used in Saint Kitts; if your device doesn't support 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • A single power adapter for each plug - for each device you want to bring you will also need to use a separate adapter.
  • Your hotel room in Saint Kitts may only have a single wall outlet, so you will only be able to charge one device at a time.
  • You'll also need to bring your separate USB charger as well if you wish to power a USB device.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Some universal adapters include USB ports

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, around $15 USD.
  • There are some models which include multiple USB charging ports.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some models have a surge protector built in, this will protect your device from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • The pins retract so won't get caught against other items in baggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter should be useful back at home as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should work with a St Kitts power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Must not be used with a high powered appliance such as hair straighteners, kettles, vacuum cleaners, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • The shutters and moving parts could be fragile on some universal travel adapters which might make them likely to jam whilst abroad.
  • Will only charge one appliance.
  • Might not be totally universal; models might not cover certain countries with less popular power outlets.
  • Lacking a power converter will mean it isn't suitable for non-230 volts electrical appliances.
Plug Adapter Sets

Plug adapter sets

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices around $15-$20 USD a power adapter set will typically work out cheaper purchasing than buying multiple $7 plug adapters for multiple locations.
  • Covers every country.
  • For travellers travelling to multiple locations a plug adapter set is ideal.
  • Each set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should be compatible with a St Kitts power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Involves planning - you will need to decide which power adapters they'll need in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to pack every plug adapter in the set along.
  • Means lots of individual items to bring along.
  • All remaining plug adapters will be redundant using up packing space.
  • Not every plug adapter types are typically included in the set (and especially the less common adapters), so ensure that your power adapter set has one that works with a St Kitts power outlet.
  • These plug adapters only alter the actual shape of the plug but not the voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A power converter only changes the 230 volts from a St Kitts power outlet and won't change the actual shape of the plug to fit in a St Kitts power outlet, you will still be required to use a suitable power adapter.
  • The typical size and weight of most models of voltage converters makes them too heavy and bulky for packing in carry-on baggage.
  • Redundant after your trip to Saint Kitts.
  • Usually cheaper and more practical to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase a more expensive power converter simply in order to use your existing appliance in Saint Kitts.
  • Expensive, around $128 USD.
  • When you travel from the US and visiting Saint Kitts you will need a voltage converter as the voltage in Saint Kitts is 230 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Saint Kitts

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 Saint Kitts 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 St Kitts power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a St Kitts 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 Saint Kitts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Typical price $7 USD $15 USD $18 USD $30 USD $19 USD $128 USD
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Saint Kitts power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Saint Kitts?

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

  • Plug Type A - This unearthed wall outlet (technically called the type A power outlet) can be recognised by the two thin adjacent slots where the twin plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type B - This power socket (called a type B power outlet) is recognised by the two slots where the twin plug socket blades go with a semicircular shaped hole below for the ground pin.
  • Plug Type D - You can identify this plug socket by the 3 holes forming a triangular pattern.
  • Plug Type G - This plug socket, technically called a type G power outlet, looks like 3 holes containing plastic shutters in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
What plug sockets are used in Saint Kitts?

Do US plugs work in Saint Kitts?

No; because the voltage is different you need to use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage. We also suggest bringing all types of power adapters for Saint Kitts because US types A or B outlet might not readily be found.

Is the voltage in Saint Kitts the same as the US?

The voltage in Saint Kitts is 230 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. If your US appliance or charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for a St Kitts power outlet which can change the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

Is a St Kitts power outlet the same as the US?

Even though US Type A or Type B power outlets could possibly be available in Saint Kitts it is recommended to use a suitable plug adapter for Saint Kitts. The frequency is the same as America however the voltage is different so use a power converter for Saint Kitts if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Saint Kitts?

To use a 110 volt appliance in a St Kitts power outlet you need to use a step down power converter.

What is the frequency used in a St Kitts power outlet?

The frequency from a St Kitts power outlet is 60Hz.

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

The Caribbean

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

Different islands in The Caribbean use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug which can be used in Saint Kitts might not work correctly or fit in another island. When travelling to more than one island in The Caribbean you should either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [12] consisting of every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [13] as both these options should ensure you are covered for most different power outlet types that you may find on each island.

Because each island in The Caribbean uses different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug which works with a St Kitts power outlet might not operate properly with an outlet on another island. For further details on what to expect when preparing to travel we've put together similar instructions to this page 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.

Are there power outages in Saint Kitts?

It is reported that there are weekly power blackouts in Saint Kitts.

What is access to electrical power in Saint Kitts like?

Access to electricity in Saint Kitts is excellent which covers the entire country.

Should I pack a portable charger for Saint Kitts?

Portable charger

Should I pack a portable charger for Saint Kitts?

Because of the lack of a consistent power grid in Saint Kitts travellers are advised to pack alternative charging solutions if they want to charge devices such as mobile phones or tablets reliably.

  • Whilst travelling increased use of smart phones for storing calendars, taking photographs, social networks, GPS and streaming videos could drain batteries before the end of the day. A flat mobile phone battery could possibly leave you stranded without adequate power to make emergency calls or being able to use a satellite navigation app to get directions to your accommodation or hotel.
  • By packing a portable charger [4] for Saint Kitts alleviates those concerns as it means you can keep your mobile phone charged without using a St Kitts power outlet, especially when visiting a location with frequent power outages.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh power bank [4] which can store enough energy to power over three full charging cycles and a 20,000mAh power bank [16] should keep an average cell phone charged for almost 7 days depending on the usage and model of the phone.
  • If you want to charge your laptop with a portable charger in Saint Kitts and it it supports USB-C charging then use a portable charger for a laptop [17] marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying at least 20 Wh.
  • Before travelling please note that some airlines won't let you bring batteries on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must be kept in carry-on luggage only.
  • Normal consumer power banks aren't designed for high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [14] or gas hair straighteners [15] can be used for travelling to locations with power cuts such as Saint Kitts.
Does a solar powered charger work in Saint Kitts?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Does a solar powered charger work in Saint Kitts?

The climate in Saint Kitts will be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [19] 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 [18] give the backpack the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the climate in Saint Kitts.
  • A phone that is plugged directly into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in Saint Kitts, 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 Saint Kitts 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.

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)

Saint Kitts 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 Saint Kitts?

If travelling with more than one device or visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Saint Kitts to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. Kittitian use four different standards of plug sockets (G, A, B and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A and G. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power chargers or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Saint Kitts?

Why use a travel USB charger for Saint Kitts?

  • 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 Saint Kitts.
  • 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 Saint Kitts.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 230 volt power outlets in Saint Kitts along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that some hotels in Saint Kitts 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 perect.
  • 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 Saint Kitts 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 Saint Kitts for useful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices with a St Kitts 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.

What is the best USB charger for Saint Kitts?

The 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 Saint Kitts 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 Saint Kitts.

Power converters for Saint Kitts

What is a power converter for Saint Kitts?

A power converter enables travellers to use their 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt St Kitts 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 Saint Kitts?

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 Saint Kitts, however an expensive and bulkier power converter [20] will transform the voltage of 230 volts from a St Kitts power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Saint Kitts?

When you are travelling to Saint Kitts from another region please ensure your device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [10] if you are visiting Saint Kitts from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device is incompatible with 230 volts. See our WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide 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 230 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which are designed to use a lower voltage such as 120 volts and then used in a 230 volt power outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [21] to allow the appliance to be used with a 230 volt St Kitts power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to use a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a much heavier high wattage power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our guides on using clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers in Saint Kitts , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Saint Kitts if I'm from the US?

The 230 volts used in a wall outlet in Saint Kitts is different to a US supply so use a step down power converter [10] if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Saint Kitts?

If you need to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Saint Kitts you will need to use a step down power converter [10].

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 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [10] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt St Kitts 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 Saint Kitts before plugging that into a St Kitts 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 St Kitts power outlet.

What voltage is used in Saint Kitts?

Saint Kitts uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets.

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

Dual voltage hair dryer

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

The method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power adapter or on the unit itself, typically on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord sits. The location will depend on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box.

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

Substantiations

How we compared products

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

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

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

Key to electrical adapter comparison

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

What type of adapter do you need for Saint Kitts?

Which type of adapter to bring to Saint Kitts

The plug adapter or power converter which is best to use in Saint Kitts is dependant on various requirements. Before choosing the right adapter to use we recommend using this checklist:

How many electrical items will you be packing for Saint Kitts?

How many devices are you bringing

How many electrical items will you be packing for Saint Kitts?

  • List all the applicances and devices you intended on packing for Saint Kitts (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?
Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Saint Kitts?

Are you only charging USB items

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Saint Kitts?

  • Should you only intend on using USB powered electronics such as mobile phones for Saint Kitts 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.
What are the different types of electrical devices do you want to charge in Saint Kitts?

Will you need to power appliances

What are the different types of electrical devices do you want to charge in Saint Kitts?

  • There are three different types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electronic items that can be plugged into a power outlet - for example cameras or laptops.
    • High wattage appliances that can be plugged into a power outlet - for example hair straighteners and clothes irons.
    • USB powered devices that charge using a USB port - for example mobile phones.
  • When you only intend to bring along just USB powered devices to Saint Kitts then you'll find that a travel USB charger is ideal because you will only have to bring 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 of any voltage, however won't work with high wattage appliances that require voltage conversion.

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

Is Saint Kitts 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 a travel USB wall charger or universal travel adapter is made for visiting more than one country becuase of the interchangeable head system.
How many St Kitts power outlets will be available?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many St Kitts 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.

Are you planning to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

What is your budget?

  • A basic power adapter starts at $7 which charges a single device from a St Kitts power outlet (provided that works with 230 volts or it is dual voltage) but investing in roughly $20 will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously and be able to bring them to various countries.

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 Saint Kitts?

Arriving at an airport

Are you flying long haul to get to Saint Kitts?

  • If you're taking a longer trip to get to Saint Kitts 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 [4] 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.

What can I connect to a St Kitts power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a St Kitts power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a St Kitts power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a St Kitts power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the St Kitts power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a St Kitts power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a St Kitts power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Saint Kitts, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [22].

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Kitts_and_Nevis - Saint Kitts entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  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.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries.
  10. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  13. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries.
  14. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  15. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  16. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  17. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  18. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  19. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  20. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  21. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  22. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets