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

St Vincentian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Saint Vincent?

You'll need to pack a Type G plug adapter [3] for Saint Vincent if your plug won't fit in a St Vincentian power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Saint Vincent all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a St Vincentian power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • Expect frequent power blackouts and limited access to power in certain areas of Saint Vincent, we suggest packing a power bank [4] if you want to recharge your phone whilst staying in an area without access to power or during a blackout.
  • If you are planning on travelling to Saint Vincent from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a St Vincentian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Saint Vincent you will also need to bring a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a St Vincentian power outlet then you can use it in Saint Vincent without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a St Vincentian power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Saint Vincent such a Type G plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Saint Vincent (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Saint Vincent, 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 Saint Vincent to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Saint Vincent if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you want to power USB devices such as a mobile phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but ensure that you bring one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Saint Vincent.

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

Saint Vincent power adapters

Power adapters for Saint Vincent

When packing for a holiday to Saint Vincent it can be helpful to know if you can power your devices like mobiles and laptops when you're there. However, without knowing which wall socket is used in Saint Vincent you could end up either having to bring too many adaptors or pack the wrong power charger, therefore needing to borrow a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause problems with your device. Complicated combinations of voltages and standards can all lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it appears, 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 Saint Vincent. This page contains links to useful instructions showing you exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when visiting Saint Vincent using the standard G, C, E, I or K type St Vincentian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note Type G plug outlets are typically used by most St Vincentians. You'll find that power adapters will change from region to region so please read the Wiki Connections travel power adapters list where you'll find a full list showing regions.

What is the best power adapter for Saint Vincent?

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

What is the best power adapter for Saint Vincent?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and cheap plastic adapters which allow a power plug on an appliance from a different region to correctly fit into an electic outlet in Saint Vincent.

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

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from another location to use electronic appliances in Saint Vincent by changing the shape of the plug to fit the power socket.

Do I need a power adapter in Saint Vincent?

If the power outlet in your home country is different to the shape of the power outlet in Saint Vincent then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a power adapter for Saint Vincent if I'm visiting from America?

If you are visiting from America you will need to use a plug adapter for Saint Vincent because American plugs won't physically fit in a St Vincentian power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Saint Vincent if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage in Saint Vincent?

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

Where can I buy a power adapter for Saint Vincent?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Saint Vincent?

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 Vincent

Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Bringing a Type G plug adapter [3] will be ideal for Saint Vincent.
  • Easy to operate.
  • Affordable, with prices around $7 USD.
  • Small and light.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • If you intend to travel to more than one country you may need to bring along multiple power adapter types for other countries.
  • Only changes the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G St Vincentian power outlet and not the voltage used in Saint Vincent. So if your device doesn't work with 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need to pack a voltage converter.
  • One plug adapter per device - for each individual device or appliance you wish to bring you will also need to bring a separate power adapter.
  • Accomodation in Saint Vincent might only have one power outlet, therefore you will only be capable of powering one appliance at a time.
  • You will also still need to pack your separate domestic USB charger if you need to power a USB device.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Perfect when visiting to multiple countries. Typical universal travel adapters are designed to operate in around 150 countries.
  • All in one design - small and lightweight for around $15 USD.
  • There are some universal travel adapters which have USB charging ports.
  • Relatively straightforward operation.
  • There are some models that have a surge protector built in to protect your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so don't catch against other items when packed in baggage.
  • When you return home the power strip will still be useful as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should work with a St Vincentian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal power adapters can't be used with any high power electrical appliances - for example hair straighteners, microwaves, kettles, vacuum cleaners or hair dryers.
  • The moving parts could be fragile on some models which might make them likely to possibily fail whilst abroad.
  • Only provide power to one appliance.
  • Might not work in some countries - adapters might not cover some countries with less popular outlets.
  • Missing a voltage converter means it won't be suitable for non-230 volts electrical devices in Saint Vincent.
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip kit

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is capable of powering multiple appliances concurrently using just one power outlet, costs around $30 USD.
  • Some types of power strips offer voltage conversation for low wattage devices (for example laptops). So even if your device isn't dual voltage it can still work with a St Vincentian power outlet by using only a travel power strip, making them a cheaper and lightweight substitute for a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Typical modern power strips will feature multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain countries could be tempremental, a power surge could damage delicate electrical items. Some power strips have a surge protector which will prevent any device from being overloaded by unstable power grids.
  • When you return home the power strip will still be useful.
  • 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 Vincent. (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 power converter on a travel power strip won't convert higher wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or clothes irons.
  • Because of their weight travel power strips might be too bulky for packing in hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip might be considered excessive if you only bring a small number of devices to charge.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel wall charger

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 Kindles.
  • Instead of packing lots of domestic power chargers you will only have to pack one charger costing on average $18 USD.
  • Supplied with swappable heads making them useful in a large number of different locations. The interchangeable adapter heads supplied with USB wall chargers are typically small and lightweight which makes them easy to store.
  • Has a surge protector.
  • It can still be functional in your home country.
  • Swappable plugs will fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work in Saint Vincent.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB outputs so you won't be able to charge electrical appliances, only USB devices.
Plug Adapter Sets

A power plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are between $15-$20 USD a set works out cheaper buying than buying multiple individual $7 plug adapters for multiple countries.
  • Covers every country and not just a St Vincentian power outlet.
  • If you are travelling to multiple locations this is ideal.
  • A set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will be compatible with a St Vincentian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; you'll have to choose which adapters they'll need in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring every adapter in the set.
  • Means lots of individual items to bring along.
  • All remaining plug adapters will be useless using up packing space.
  • Not all power adapter types are typically included with the set (especially rarer adapters), so check that your adapter set has one which is compatible in Saint Vincent.
  • These plug adapters only alter the shape of the plug but not the actual voltage.
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters offer surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 230 volts from a St Vincentian power outlet and not the shape of the plug to slot in a St Vincentian power outlet, so you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter.
  • The size and weight of voltage converters makes them too heavy for packing in carry-on luggage.
  • Redundant after your visit to Saint Vincent.
  • Often cheaper to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a more expensive power converter just in order to power your existing domestic appliance in an incompatible country.
  • Expensive - around $128 USD.
  • When you travel to Saint Vincent from America you will require one as the voltage in Saint Vincent is 230 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Saint Vincent

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 Vincent 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 Vincentian power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a St Vincentian 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 Vincent 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
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Saint Vincent power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Saint Vincent?

There are five types of power supply used in Saint Vincent, types G, C, E, I and K with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the wall socket by the two round holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type E - This circular power outlet, technically called the type E power outlet, can be identified by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral plus one metal earth pin protruding from the top to form a triangular configuration.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise the wall socket by three holes with shutters in a triangular shape.
  • Plug Type I - You can identify the power outlet by the 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth.
  • Plug Type K - The wall socket (technically called a type K power outlet) looks like three holes forming an upside-down triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
What plug sockets are used in Saint Vincent?

Do US plugs work in Saint Vincent?

No - a US plug won't work in Saint Vincent because it can't fit into a St Vincentian power outlet without the use of a power adapter. The voltage is different so you need to use a power converter for Saint Vincent if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

What is the electrical frequency used in a St Vincentian power outlet?

The frequency of the current used in a St Vincentian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is an electrical power outlet in the Caribbean Islands the same as a power outlet for Saint Vincent?

The Caribbean

Is an electrical power outlet in the Caribbean Islands the same as a power outlet for Saint Vincent?

Different countries throughout The Caribbean use different power outlet types and voltages, a plug which works with a St Vincentian power outlet might not function correctly or fit in an outlet on another island. When travelling to more than one country in The Caribbean you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [12] containing all types of power adapters, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter [13] as both these options should make sure you're covered for most different power outlet types that you might find.

Because different islands in The Caribbean use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, a plug that can be used in Saint Vincent might not operate on another island. Before travelling read these pages for more guides on what you can expect for every island in the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Tobago, Trinidad and US Virgin Islands.

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

Use a step down power converter should you wish to use a 110 volt appliance in Saint Vincent.

Are St Vincentian power outlets the same as in the US?

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

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

The voltage which comes from a St Vincentian power outlet is 230 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. If your American appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you need a suitable power converter for a St Vincentian power outlet which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 220-240 volt outlet.

What is access to electrical power in Saint Vincent like?

In Saint Vincent almost 5% of the population of the country doesn't have access to electrical power.

Does Saint Vincent have many power outages?

It is reported that there are potentially monthly power blackouts in parts of Saint Vincent.

Should I pack a portable charger for Saint Vincent?

USB power bank

Should I pack a portable charger for Saint Vincent?

As power isn't available to 100% of the population of Saint Vincent combined with potential power failures, visitors are advised to bring backup charging options if they wish to continue charging devices such as cellphones or eReaders dependably.

  • During a trip increased reliance on cell phones for taking photographs, storing calendars, social networks, getting directions and staying entertained could syphon off power more excessively than normal. Beyond the simple missing photograph opportunities a flat cell phone battery could possibly leave you stranded without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use sat nav to get directions to your hotel or accommodation. Packing a portable charger [4] for Saint Vincent lowers that risk as it means you can keep your cell phone charged without needing a wall charger, especially when travelling to a location with limited access to power and power cuts in some areas.
  • A 10,000mAh portable charger [4] will supply enough energy to power around 3 full charges while a 20,000mAh portable charger [16] should keep a typical smart phone charged for almost a week.
  • If you need to charge your laptop in Saint Vincent and your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then use a portable charger for a laptop [17] marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying 20 Wh or more.
  • Be aware that some airlines prohibit power banks on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage so we recommended checking ahead with the airline.
  • Consumer power banks won't work with high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [14] or gas hair straighteners [15] are designed for travelling to countries with frequent power cuts and limited access to electricity like Saint Vincent.
Does a solar battery charger work in Saint Vincent?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

Does a solar battery charger work in Saint Vincent?

The sunlight in Saint Vincent will be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank [19] reliability, but will need to be left in strong daylight in order to produce adequate energy for a single charge. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the much larger solar panels used on a solar backpack [18] will give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time and could also generate power when cloudy, meaning they should perform well in Saint Vincent.
  • A phone which has been plugged directly into the USB port of a backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Saint Vincent, however could prove inconvenient to have the phone continually connected in the bag if it is to be needed frequently. A battery power bank [4] plugged in a solar backpack can be constantly recharged inside the bag during the day, afterwards the phone can be recharged using the power bank at any time without sunshine.
  • Even though the sunlight in Saint Vincent is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate at least 6 watts of energy and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater. Unlike regular solid solar cells, the durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags have been made to survive bending and scratching. They are available in backpack, rucksack and messenger styles making 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 Vincent 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 Vincent?

When travelling with more than just one device or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Saint Vincent to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are five standards of plug sockets that St Vincentians use (types G, C, E, I and K) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because 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 heads. If your type of device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel chargers for your St Vincentian trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Saint Vincent we recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Saint Vincent?

Why use a travel USB charger for Saint Vincent?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. This reduces the size and weight of your luggage by only needing to pack one USB wall charger rather than having to bring numerous different chargers along.
  • Travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them ideal when travelling to different countries which are likely to use different power outlets to Saint Vincent.
  • Good travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace or repair in Saint Vincent.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Saint Vincent along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Saint Vincent might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often sparse and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers before a flight can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • 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 Saint Vincent might prove difficult and expensive.
  • Larger USB travel chargers also include a power outlet strip to plug in low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information see the section on using travel appliances in Saint Vincent for helpful advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage devices in a St Vincentian power outlet.
  • Some cell phones might pull more than the usual 500 milliamps supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices draw additional power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can also be useful when returning home by charging multiple cell phones overnight using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Saint Vincent?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Saint Vincent.
  • 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 the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Saint Vincent.

Power converters for Saint Vincent

What is a power converter?

A power converter allows you to use a 100-120 volt electric appliance with a 230 volt St Vincentian 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 Saint Vincent?

An expensive and heavy power converter [20] will transform a 230 volt St Vincentian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Saint Vincent.

Do I need a power converter for Saint Vincent?

When travelling to Saint Vincent from a different country please ensure your device can be charged using a 230 volt power supply.

  • You need a step down power converter [10] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. See our list of world power outlets page to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage appliance that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed to use a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and used in a 230 volt power outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [10] is used.
  • You don't need a converter if you are attempting to charge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [21] to allow it to be used with a 230 volt St Vincentian power outlet.
  • Purchasing a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than investing in a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance in Saint Vincent.
  • Read these travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hair straighteners and hairdryers in St Vincentian power outlets which includes recommendations on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a power outlet in Saint Vincent is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore use a step down power converter [10] if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Saint Vincent?

To use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt St Vincentian power outlet you need to use a step down power converter [10].

What voltage does Saint Vincent use?

Saint Vincent uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

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 Vincentian 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 Vincent before plugging that into a St Vincentian 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 Vincentian power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a power 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 tell the voltage of your device

Single voltage hair dryer

How to tell the voltage of your device

One method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the charger or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord plugs into. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your unit and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a large voltage 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 Vincent?

Which type of power adapter you need for Saint Vincent

The plug adapter or power converter which is suitable for Saint Vincent depends on various requirements, so before deciding the right adapter to use we suggest reading through this checklist:

How many electrical devices are you bringing to Saint Vincent?

Family may need to recharge devices too

How many electrical devices are you bringing to Saint Vincent?

  • List all the devices and applicances you intend to bring to Saint Vincent (including tablets, mobile phones, hair straighteners and curling irons).
    • Remember to allow for more electrical devices at a later date. Do you intend on buying a new mobile phone computer next year for example?
    • There are a growing number of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise USB for their power charging source. The next time you have to replace a device it might need a USB adapter so remember to ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these additional devices as well.
  • Are you also bringing family along who might need to charge their iPads?
What are the types of electrical items do you need to charge?

A travel shaver

What are the types of electrical items do you need to charge?

  • There are 3 types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electronic items which plug into a power outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example hair dryers or clothes irons.
    • USB powered devices which connect to a USB port - for example phones.
  • Should you only intend to take just USB powered devices to Saint Vincent you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is perfect because you'll only have to bring that single lightweight charger along with appropriate USB charging cables whilst leaving your domestic chargers at home.
  • Travel power strips are made for powering and converting voltage for multiple low wattage devices of any voltage (such as a laptop), but won't work with high wattage appliances which require voltage conversion.
How many St Vincentian power outlets are available?

How many power outlets will be available

How many St Vincentian power outlets are available?

  • Accommodation may only have a single power outlet. This could present an issue when charging more than one electronic item overnight because you will only be able to recharge one device at a time then have to keep swapping every few hours.
  • To recharge multiple devices at the same time look to packing a travel power strip or travel USB wall charger that are capable of powering multiple USB ports or outlets.

Do your devices work with a 230 volt power outlet?

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

Will you only need USB electronics

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

  • Should you only intend on bringing USB electronics such as phones for Saint Vincent then it is recommended to just bring a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter then you'll still need to use your domestic USB power charger too.

Do you plan on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

How much can you afford to pay?

  • Basic power adapters start at $7 which charges only one device in Saint Vincent (provided that it is dual voltage or works with 230 volts) however investing in around $20 means you can charge multiple devices at once and bring them to multiple countries.

Will your trip include visits to countries other than Saint Vincent?

  • Single plug adapters will typically only work in a single country that they are made for, so if you plan on visiting multiple countries then you'll need to carry additional plug adapters which in turn adds to the weight you'll have to pack.
  • However, a travel USB wall charger or universal travel adapter is perfect for going to multiple countries becuase of interchangeable heads.

Will you always have good access to electrical power?

  • The electricity could often fluctuate in Saint Vincent which can possibly cause damage to your devices, you will need to use an adapter which has surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Due to Saint Vincent suffering from power cuts and having limited coverage of power in some areas you might discover that whatever power charger you use won't function anyway. Prepare for power cuts and areas of limited electrical coverage by packing a portable charger [4] and a solar backpack [18].

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

Are you flying long haul to travel to Saint Vincent?

Using a phone in the airport

Are you flying long haul to travel to Saint Vincent?

  • For long journeys think about packing a convenient airport-friendly power charger that works in 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.
  • As not all airports and planes have power outlets please consider packing a portable charger [4] which will recharge on the move. When you land in Saint Vincent you could need to rely on your mobile phone to make a call, messenging, using mapping or viewing your itinerary - please ensure that your phone will have ample battery power remaining.
Do you plan on travelling with hand luggage to Saint Vincent?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you plan on travelling with hand luggage to Saint Vincent?

What can I connect to a St Vincentian power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a St Vincentian power outlet

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

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

Mobile phones that work with a St Vincentian power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a St Vincentian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a St Vincentian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Saint Vincent, 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._Vincent_and_the_Grenadines - St Vincentian country Wiki page.
  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. 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.
  7. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  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