Barbados power adapters - what plugs are used in Barbados?

Barbadian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Barbados?

You'll need to use a Type B plug adapter [3] for Barbados if the plug you intend on using won't fit into a Barbadian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Barbados will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge in a Barbadian power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device uses then read the section on how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • Be warned that Barbados suffers from blackouts, we suggest bringing a power bank [4] if you need to keep your phone fully charged during a blackout.
  • If you are from the US visiting Barbados you won't need an adapter or power converter provided that your device or appliance supports a 50hz power outlet. One recommendation however is to pack a USB travel power adapter as it allows you to recharge more than one device by only packing one charger.
  • If your device can run on 115 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Barbadian power outlet then you can use it in Barbados.
  • If your device can run on 115 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Barbadian power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Barbados such a Type B plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Barbados (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Barbados, but but is unable to change the voltage from 115 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 115 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Barbados to convert the voltage from 115 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Barbados if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you need to power your USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Barbados.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 115 volts used in Barbados you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in Barbados please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Barbados power adapters

Power adapters for Barbados

When planning a trip to Barbados it's helpful to know if you'll be able to use all your common devices that you'll be bringing with you. By not knowing which wall socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you having to buy a suitable adaptor when you're there which might be incompatible. Differing frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning to visit a different country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Barbados. This page has links to instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're travelling to Barbados using their B or A type 115 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type B power outlets are used by most Bajans. Most power adapters change from country to country therefore we suggest that you read our Wiki Connections global power adapters list for a full list showing countries.

What is the best power adapter for Barbados?

The best power adapter for Barbados will be a Type B plug adapter [3] which allows you to use any 115 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Barbados?

What is a power adapter for a Barbadian power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that allow a different type of power plug on an appliance from a different country to correctly fit into a Barbadian power outlet.

Do I need a plug adapter for Barbados?

If the outlet in your home country isn't the same as the type of Barbadian power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Barbados from America?

A US plug does not require a plug adapter because it can already fit into a Barbadian power outlet.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Barbadian power outlet?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 115 volt Barbadian power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance you also need a step up power converter for Barbados.

What does a power adapter for Barbados do?

A power adapter for Barbados enables a visitor travelling from another location to use their electronic appliances and devices in Barbados simply by changing the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Barbados?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Barbados?

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.

Barbados power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Barbados?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Barbados?

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

  • Plug Type A - The plug socket, technically known as a type A power outlet, is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify this power outlet by 2 slots with a hole below for the ground pin.

Do US plugs work in Barbados?

Yes, an American plug should work in a Barbadian power outlet without an adapter or power converter, but check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Barbados?

Use a step up power converter if you need to bring a 220V appliance to Barbados.

Is the voltage in Barbados the same as the US?

The voltage from a Barbadian power outlet is 115 volts, whereas Americans use 120 volts. Although these are similar check the voltage on your US charger or appliance can handle voltage fluctuations between 100 to 127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

Is a Barbadian power outlet the same as the US?

An American plug will fit into a Barbadian power outlet, the voltage is within the 100-128 volt range used in the US however the frequency is different so ensure that your appliance works with 50hz.

Is an electric power outlet for the Caribbean Islands the same as a power outlet for Barbados?

The Caribbean

Is an electric power outlet for the Caribbean Islands the same as a power outlet for Barbados?

Various islands throughout The Caribbean use different voltages and power outlet types, a plug which can be used in Barbados might not work in another island. When visiting more than one country in The Caribbean you should either use a multiple power adapter travel set [6] that contains every type of power adapter, or a single international travel plug adapter [7] as both these options make sure you are covered for most different power outlet types that you might encounter.

As each island in The Caribbean uses different voltages and power outlet types, a plug which can be used in Barbados might not function with an outlet on another island. For more details on what to expect we've compiled a similar guide to this page for every island in the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Tobago, Trinidad and US Virgin Islands.

What electrical frequency is used with a Barbadian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current found in a Barbadian power outlet is 50Hz.

Does Barbados have power outages?

Barbados suffers power blackouts on a monthly basis.

What is access to electricity like in Barbados?

Access to electricity in Barbados is excellent which spans the entire population.

Should I pack a power bank for Barbados?

USB power bank

Should I pack a power bank for Barbados?

Because of the lack of a consistent power grid in Barbados visitors should use backup charging solutions if they want to continue charging devices such as phones.

  • Whilst travelling increased use of mobile phones for storing itineraries, taking photographs, social network sharing, getting directions and streaming videos could syphon off power towards the end of the day. A flat smart phone battery could potentially leave you in an unknown location without adequate power to make emergency calls or being able to use a sat nav app to return back to your hotel. Using a portable charger [4] in Barbados eases those concerns as it means you can power up your smart phone on the move, especially when travelling to a location with frequent power outages in some areas.
  • We recommend bringing at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [4] which will supply enough power to power over three full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger [11] should keep an average cell phone charged for roughly seven days depending on the model of phone and usage. The mAh value (milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of a battery and gives an indication of the number of charge cycles the portable charger is capable of, so a higher mAh is more suitable for travellers.
  • Providing that your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then packing a portable charger for a laptop [12] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to extend the battery life of that laptop when travelling to Barbados. However be aware that some airlines prohibit power banks on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Consumer portable chargers aren't strong enough for high wattage items, although a rechargeable hair dryer [9] or gas hair straighteners [10] are designed for travelling to areas with power cuts such as Barbados.
Will a solar powered charger work in Barbados?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Will a solar powered charger work in Barbados?

The sunshine in Barbados should be adequate enough to charge solar power bank [14] reliability, but needs to be left in strong sunshine to produce enough power for a single charge. This might prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The much larger panels found on a solar backpack [13] give the bag the ability to generate more power within a faster period of time and might generate charge when cloudy, making them ideal for the climate in Barbados.
  • Phones which are plugged directly into a USB port of a backpack should trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in Barbados, but might be inconvenient to have it continually connected to the bag if it is to be used frequently. Therefore it is recommended to plug a normal power bank [4] to a solar backpack which can then be constantly topped up inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards the phone can be recharged using the power bank without needing the bag.
  • Although the sunlight in Barbados is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate at least 6 watts of energy and can be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or greater.
  • The flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to endure bending and scratching, unlike regular firm solar cells. They come in backpack, messenger and rucksack styles making them ideal for work, domestic and travel.

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)

Barbados 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 Barbados?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Barbados is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [15]. Bajans use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers and support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Barbados or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your devices at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel regularly we recommend searching for a flexible travel charger like this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [15] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

What USB charger do I need for Barbados?

Why use a travel USB charger for Barbados?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only packing a single USB wall charger rather than bringing numerous chargers.
  • Most travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types making them suitable when visiting other countries which will probably use different standards to Barbados.
  • Good chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace in Barbados.
  • USB chargers will accept the 115 volt power outlets in Barbados and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that accommodation or hotel bedrooms in Barbados might only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Barbados could prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in multiple low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances with a Barbadian power outlet for useful advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Barbadian power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets could require more than the normal 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices require additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB chargers can also be useful by charging multiple mobile phones every day using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Barbados?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Barbados and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Barbados.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Barbados.

Power converters for Barbados

What does a power converter for a Barbadian power outlet do?

Power converters enable travellers to use their 220-240 volt electric device with a 115 volt Barbadian power outlet.

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

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [16] will convert the voltage of 115 volts from a Barbadian power outlet to work with a non-115 volt device, however a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in Barbados.

Do I need a power converter for Barbados?

When you are visiting Barbados from a different country check your device will accept a 115 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [17] if you are travelling to Barbados from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 115 volts. See the world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage device that works with 115 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) and used in a 115 volt outlet can take longer to charge or won't turn on. If your device doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are travelling to Barbados from a different region please check that it is compatible with a 115 volt Barbadian power outlet or you will need to bring a step up power converter [17].
  • You don't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a laptop as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair dryers and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [18] to allow the appliance to be used with a 115 volt Barbadian power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a much heavier high wattage power converter to Barbados in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling irons, blow dryers and hair straighteners with Barbadian power outlets which includes recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for Barbados if I'm visiting from the US?

A US plug will not require a power converter because the voltage from a Barbadian power outlet is in the same 100-120V range as the US.

What kind of converter do I need for Barbados?

You will need to use a step up power converter [17] in order to use any 220-240 volt appliance in Barbados.

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

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

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.

How to convert 115 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [17] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 115 volt Barbadian 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 Barbados before plugging that into a Barbadian 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 Barbadian power outlet.

What voltage is used in Barbados?

Barbados uses 115 volts in their standard power outlets.

What voltage is my appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my appliance?

The easiest method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug or on the unit itself, typically near to where the power cord plugs into. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also state in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have 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 larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

What can I connect to a Barbadian power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Barbadian power outlet

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Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Barbadian power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to a Barbadian power outlet

Apple iPhones that can connect to a Barbadian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Barbadian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Barbados, 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 [20].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbados - Wikipedia entry about Barbados.
  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.
  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. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  7. 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.
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  9. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  10. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  11. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  12. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  13. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  14. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  15. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets