Canada to Tobago power adapters - what plugs are used in Tobago?

Tobagonian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Tobago?

You will need to pack a Type B plug adapter [3] for Tobago if the plug you intend on using won't fit in a Tobagonian power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Tobago all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power with a Tobagonian power outlet. If you're unsure of which voltage your device can use then please read the section below on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • Please be aware that Tobago has power blackouts, we recommend bringing a power bank [4] if you wish to keep your phone battery and other USB devices fully charged during a blackout.
  • If you're from America and visiting Tobago you will not need a power adapter or power converter. However it may be practical to use a USB travel power adapter as it allows you to recharge multiple devices by only bringing one charger.
  • If your device can run on 115 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Tobagonian power outlet then it should work in Tobago.
  • If your device can run on 115 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Tobagonian power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Tobago such a Type B plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Tobago (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Tobago, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 115 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 115 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Tobago to convert the voltage from 115 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Tobago if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose one which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Tobago.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 115 volts used in Tobago you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Tobago read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Tobago power adapters

Power adapters for Tobago

If packing for a trip it can be helpful to know if you'll be able to power any gadgets such as cell phones or laptop computers when you're there. But, without knowing which power socket is being used you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore having to buy a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive. Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to visit 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 power your electronics in Tobago. This page contains links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when going to Tobago by using the B or A type 115 volt 60Hz plug outlets, a majority of Tobagonians normally use the Type B plugs in their power outlets. Most power adapters will vary regionally so we suggest that you read the Wiki Connections global power adapters guide where you'll find a full list showing charging devices in different destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Tobago?

The best power adapter for Tobago will be a Type B power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 115 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Tobago?

What is a power adapter for a Tobagonian power outlet?

A power adapter for Tobago is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits an electrical socket in Tobago 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].

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Tobago?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 115 volt Tobagonian power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use a 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance then you will also need a more expensive step up power converter for Tobago along with the correct power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from a different country to use electrical appliances and devices in Tobago simply by adapting the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter in Tobago?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in Tobago.

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

An American plug does not require a power adapter because it already fits into a Tobagonian power outlet.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Tobago?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Tobago?

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 Tobago

Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type B plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Small and lightweight.
  • Cheap, prices C$5-C$10.
  • Straightforward design makes the plug adapter simple to operate.
  • Using a Type B plug adapter [3] will be ideal for Tobago.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • One plug adapter per appliance - for every separate device or appliance you will also need to bring a separate power plug adapter.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type B Tobagonian power outlet but doesn't change the voltage - if your appliance doesn't work with a 115 volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage you'll also need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • Your accomodation might only have a single power outlet available, so you'll only be capable of powering a single device at a time.
  • You'll also still need to bring your separate USB charger as well if you wish to power a USB device.
  • If you intend on travelling to more than just Tobago you may need to pack multiple plug adapter types.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

An all in one universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Useful when visiting to multiple countries. Most models operate in over 150 different countries.
  • An all in one design. Both small and lightweight for C$25-C$30.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters which include multiple USB charging ports.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some models include a surge protector built in to protect any device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The retractable pins don't get caught against other items when packed in your baggage.
  • When you return home it should still be of use as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will fit in a Tobagonian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Cannot be used with a high powered electrical appliance - for example clothes irons, kettles or curling irons.
  • The shutters, pins and moving parts could be fragile on some models which might make them likely to jam whilst abroad.
  • Will only charge one plug.
  • Might not work in some countries, models might not work in certain countries with less popular outlet types.
  • Universal travel power adapters lack a built in voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for electrical appliances which don't support 115 volts in Tobago.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

USB chargers are useful when returning home

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal in situations when you only want to charge devices which are USB powered.
  • You only need to bring one charger instead of carrying lots of domestic USB power chargers which costs on average under C$20.
  • Chargers come with swappable heads making them versatile in a large number of different locations. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are usually small and lightweight making them easy to store.
  • Models should have a surge protector built in, this 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 Tobago.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB ports so you will be unable to power any electrical appliances, only USB ones.
Travel Power Strips

Power strips feature multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is able to power many electronic devices at once from only one Tobagonian power outlet, costing under C$45.
  • Some models will convert voltage for lower wattage devices such as laptops or cameras. So therefore if your device isn't dual voltage it will still work in Tobago by using only a travel power strip. This will make them a cheaper lightweight substitute for a power converter.
  • Most models also feature a number of USB charge ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain areas could fluctuate, a power surge might damage your devices. There are some models which have a built in surge protector which will prevent any electronics from being overloaded.
  • When you return to Canada the power strip could still work as a power strip and USB charger.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Tobago. (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

  • Unlike a normal voltage converter, the voltage converter on a travel power strip won't work with high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or clothes irons.
  • Due to their weight power strips might be unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be considered excessive if you only have a small number of devices that need charging.
Plug Adapter Sets

Cost effective plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly C$20-C$25 a power adapter set will typically work out cheaper than buying multiple plug adapters for multiple locations costing almost C$10 each.
  • Covers all countries.
  • For travellers visiting multiple locations a power plug adapter set is the most flexible option.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so will work in Tobago.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; prior to any trip you'll have to choose which adapters to pack, or alternatively bring each plug adapter type.
  • Lots individual plug adapters to pack.
  • With just a single functioning plug adapter the remaining power adapters will be redundant using up space.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included (and especially rarer adapters), so ensure that your plug adapter set has one that works with a Tobagonian power outlet.
  • These plug adapters only alter the actual shape of the plug but not the voltage.
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters have surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • Only changes the 115 volts from a Tobagonian power outlet and won't change the shape of the plug to fit in a Tobagonian power outlet, so you will still be required to bring a suitable plug adapter for Tobago.
  • Expensive - C$120-C$130.
  • The size of most models makes them way too bulky and heavy for carry-on baggage.
  • Redundant after your trip to Tobago.
  • Usually cheaper and more practical to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase a more expensive power converter simply in order to bring your existing appliance in Tobago.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Tobago

Type B Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Tobago Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included B A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 45+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type B Tobagonian power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Useful when you return to Canada Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 115 volt AC appliance in Tobago Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under C$10 C$25-C$30 C$15-C$20 C$40-C$45 C$20-C$25 over C$60
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Tobago power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Tobago?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Tobago?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can identify this power socket by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral blades sit.
  • Plug Type B - The wall outlet (technically known as a type B power outlet) can be identified by the two thin slots where the twin plug socket blades go with a semicircular shaped hole below for the grounded pin.

Do US plugs work in Tobago?

Yes, an American plug will work in Tobago and does not need a power converter or a plug adapter.

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

Various countries throughout The Caribbean use different voltages and power outlet types, a plug that works with a Tobagonian power outlet might not function in an electrical outlet on another island. When visiting more than one country in The Caribbean it is recommended to either use a multiple power adapter travel set [11] containing every type of power adapter, or a single international travel plug adapter [12] as both these options should ensure that you are covered for most different power outlet types that you might 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 Tobagonian power outlet might not operate properly with an outlet on another island. When preparing to travel read these pages for more details on what to 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.

What is the frequency used in a Tobagonian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Tobagonian power outlet is 60Hz.

Is the voltage in Tobago the same as the US?

The voltage in Tobago is 115 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. Although these are very similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your American charger or appliance can support voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Tobago?

A step up power converter will allow you to use a 220V appliance in Tobago.

Are outlets in Tobago the same as US?

An American plug will fit into outlets in Tobago, both the voltage range and frequency are the identical to the US.

What is access to electricity like in Tobago?

Tobago has 100% access to electricity throughout the country.

Are there many power outages in Tobago?

Typically Tobago reports power failures on a monthly basis.

Should I bring a power bank to Tobago?

USB power bank for charging phones

Should I bring a power bank to Tobago?

Because of the lack of a consistent power grid in Tobago visitors are advised to pack alternative charging solutions if they want to charge devices such as cellphones or tablets dependably.

  • Whilst travelling increased use of cell phones for storing itineraries, taking photographs, social networks, sat nav and streaming videos will syphon off power towards the end of the day. As well as the simple missed photograph opportunities a flat mobile phone battery can potentially leave you without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to find your way back to hotel. Bringing a portable charger [4] to Tobago lowers the risk as it allows you to keep your cell phone powered on the go, especially when visiting a country with regular power outages in some areas.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh power bank [4] which will store enough energy to cover 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 your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then bringing a portable charger for a laptop [17] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of the laptop. Be aware that some airlines prohibit power banks on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be left in checked-in luggage so always ahead with the airline first.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items, although a rechargeable hair dryer [14] or gas hair straighteners [15] can be used for travelling to countries with regular power cuts such as Tobago.
Do solar chargers work in Tobago?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

Do solar chargers work in Tobago?

The sunshine in Tobago should be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank [19] dependably, however it needs to be left in strong sunshine in order to provide suitable power for a single charge. This could prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The larger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack [18] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the climate in Tobago.
  • Phones that have been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the battery during sunny spells in Tobago, however might be inconvenient to have a phone continually connected to the bag should it be needed constantly. A solar powered bag is usually exposed to daylight therefore can be powering up a power bank during the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank that requires unpacking and facing sunlight.
  • Although the climate in Tobago is suitable, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags have been designed to survive scratches and bending, unlike normal firm solar cells. Solar bags are available in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles making them perfect for travel, work and domestic use.

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)

Tobago 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 Tobago?

When you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Tobago is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. There are two different types of plug sockets that Tobagonians use (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads over. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your Tobagonian trip. Because you are only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Tobago?

Why use a travel USB charger for Tobago?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only bringing one USB wall charger instead of bringing several different USB power chargers.
  • Travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries across North America which are likely to use a different standard to Tobago.
  • A good USB power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Tobago.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 115 volts used in Tobago power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel rooms or accommodation in Tobago might only have one power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with all your devices instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Tobago might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Higher priced USB chargers should also include a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please see our guide on using travel appliances with a Tobagonian power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Tobagonian power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Some tablets and mobile phones could require more than the usual 500 mA produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be useful by charging multiple cell phones and tablets every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Tobago?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Tobago using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Tobago.

Power converters for Tobago

What is a power converter for a Tobagonian power outlet?

A power converter enables travellers to use their 220-240 volt electrical appliance with a 115 volt Tobagonian 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 Tobago?

An expensive and bulky power converter [20] will convert a 115 volt Tobagonian power outlet to work with a non-115 volt appliance, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet in Tobago.

Do I need a power converter for Tobago?

When visiting Tobago from another country please check that your device can be used with a 115 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [10] if you are visiting Tobago from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance or device is incompatible with 115 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a 115 volt device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage such as 230 volts and used in a 115 volt outlet may take longer to charge or simply won't power up. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Tobago from a different region then check that it will work with a 115 volt Tobagonian power outlet or you will need to bring a step up power converter [10].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair dryers or curling irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [21] which allows it to be used with a 115 volt Tobagonian power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier high wattage power converter to Tobago in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers in Tobago , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Tobago from America?

You won't need a power converter because the voltage from a Tobagonian power outlet is in the same 100-120V range as America.

What kind of converter do I need for Tobago?

You will need to buy a step up power converter [10] to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Tobago.

What voltage is used in Tobago?

Tobago uses 115 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 115 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [10] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 115 volt Tobagonian 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 Tobago before plugging that into a Tobagonian power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 115 volt Tobagonian power outlet.
What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

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

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.
How 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 way to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power adapter or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord plugs into. The location might depend on the make and model of your unit but could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

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 and number of USB powers 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 Tobago?

Which type of power adapter will you need for Tobago?

The plug adapter or power converter which is best to use in Tobago is dependant on various requirements, so before choosing the right one to use we recommend using this checklist:

How many electrical devices are you packing for Tobago?

Children might need to chargers too

How many electrical devices are you packing for Tobago?

  • Add up how many devices and applicances you want to pack for Tobago (such as cell phones, laptops, eReaders, curling irons or hair straighteners).
    • Take into account that you might own more electrical items at a later date. Do you intend on buying a new tablet computer next year for example?
    • There are an increasing number of USB powered rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise USB for a power source. Therefore next time you have to buy a new device it could use a USB adapter so ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these as well.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their iPads as well?

What types of electrical devices do you need to use in Tobago?

  • There are 3 types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electrical devices which plug into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that plug into an electrical outlet - for example hair straighteners or curling irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices that charge with a USB port - for example phones or tablets.
  • If you only intend to take just USB powered devices to Tobago then you'll find that a travel USB charger is ideal because you will only have to bring that single charger .
  • Travel power strips are most suited for powering and voltage conversion for multiple low wattage devices (such as a laptop), but won't work with high wattage appliances that need voltage conversion and could potentially overload it.

Will your appliances only work with a 115 volt power outlet?

How many Tobagonian power outlets will be available?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many Tobagonian power outlets will be available?

  • Your hotel may offer only a single power outlet, this will be an issue if charging the batteries of multiple items such as cell phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight as you will only be able to recharge one device at a time then need to swap.
  • If you need to recharge more than one device simultaneously then we recommend using a USB wall charger or a travel power strip that can charge multiple USB ports or power outlets.
Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Tobago?

Are you only bringing USB items

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

How much can you afford?

  • Cheap power adapters start at under C$45 which powers only one device in a single country (provided that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 115 volts), but paying anywhere C$25-C$30 means you can power multiple devices simultaneously and bring them to various different countries.

Are you intending on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

Do you intend on visiting countries other than Tobago?

  • Most single plug adapters will only operate in the one country that they are designed for, so if you wish to visit multiple countries you'll need to bring along additional power adapters which in turn adds to the number of adapters you'll have to bring.
  • On the other hand travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are designed for travelling to more than one country becuase of their interchangeable head system.
How long does it take to travel to Tobago?

Making a call after a long haul flight

How long does it take to travel to Tobago?

  • With extended journeys it's worth thinking about bringing an airport-friendly charger that works in different outlet types, one which is light enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can top up tablets and phones just prior to a lengthy flight.
  • As not all airports actually have power outlets available think about bringing a portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. After arriving in Tobago you could need to use your cell phone to make calls, reading emails , using mapping to find your accomodation or viewing your itinerary; so please ensure that your phone has ample charge remaining.
Do you intend on bringing hand luggage?

Are you only using hand luggage

Do you intend on bringing hand luggage?

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

What can I connect to a Tobagonian power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Tobagonian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Tobagonian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Tobagonian power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Tobagonian power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Tobagonian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Tobagonian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Tobago, 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/Trinidad_%26_Tobago - Tobago Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B power outlets without converting voltage, costing under C$10.
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, costing under C$40.
  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, under C$30.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced C$15-C$20.
  8. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, C$40-C$45.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, priced at under C$25.
  10. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet, around C$120.
  11. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set , under C$25.
  12. 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, priced at C$50-C$60.
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  14. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, estimated price around C$460.
  15. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, estimated price under C$45.
  16. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, under C$50.
  17. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, under C$150.
  18. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, under C$280.
  19. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, under C$60.
  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, estimated cost C$60-C$70.
  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, costing C$120-C$130.
  22. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets