The Dominican Republic power adapters - what plugs are used in The Dominican Republic?

Dominican Republic power outlet

What adapter do I need for The Dominican Republic?

Bring a Type B plug adapter [3] to The Dominican Republic if your plug won't fit into a Dominican Republic power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting The Dominican Republic will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Dominican Republic power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device can use then read the section about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • Certain areas of The Dominican Republic do not have power and suffer from power cuts therefore you should bring a power bank [4] if you want to recharge your phone battery whilst in a region without power or during a blackout.
  • If you're from the US and visiting The Dominican Republic then you won't require a power converter or an adapter. One suggestion however is to bring along a multiple USB travel power adapter as it allows you to power more than one device using only a single charger.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Dominican Republic power outlet then you can use it in The Dominican Republic.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Dominican Republic power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Dominican Republic such a Type B plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for The Dominican Republic (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The Dominican Republic, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 110 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 110 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for The Dominican Republic to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for The Dominican Republic if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power USB devices such as a tablet or cell phone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose a USB travel adapter which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for The Dominican Republic.

Warning: If your device won't handle 110 volts used in The Dominican Republic you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Before using your device in The Dominican Republic read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

The Dominican Republic power adapters

Power adapters for The Dominican Republic

If you are packing for a trip to The Dominican Republic it can be helpful to know in advance if you can use any common electronics such as mobile phones and cameras at your hotel. But by not knowing which wall socket is used in The Dominican Republic you could pack the wrong adaptor, therefore needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you need to recharge which might not be compatible and cause problems with your device. Differing combinations of standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in another country if you've never visited before. 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 The Dominican Republic. This page has links to step-by-step instructions which shows how to supply power to your devices when staying in The Dominican Republic using the Type B or A Dominican Republic 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type B plug outlets are normally used by a majority of Dominicanse. You'll discover power adapters vary depending on which country you are in therefore we recommend reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for The Dominican Republic?

The best power adapter for The Dominican Republic is a Type B plug adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 110 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for The Dominican Republic?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that allows a different type of power plug from a different region to correctly slot into an electrical outlet in The Dominican Republic.

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

Do I need a power adapter for The Dominican Republic?

If the shape of the wall outlet in The Dominican Republic isn't the same as the power plug you want to use then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a power adapter if I'm visiting The Dominican Republic from America?

A US plug won't require an adapter because it already fits in a Dominican Republic power outlet.

Will a power adapter change the voltage in The Dominican Republic?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt Dominican Republic power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance then you also need to bring a more expensive step up power converter for The Dominican Republic along with the correct type of adapter.

What does a power adapter for a Dominican Republic power outlet do?

A power adapter for a Dominican Republic power outlet enables visitors travelling from a different location to use electrical appliances in The Dominican Republic by changing the shape of the plug.

Where can I buy a power adapter for The Dominican Republic?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for The Dominican Republic?

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.

The Dominican Republic power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in The Dominican Republic?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in The Dominican Republic?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise this plug outlet by the two slots next to each other.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise this plug outlet by the 2 thin slots parallel to each other where the short two plug socket blades sit with a hole below for the slightly long grounded pin.

Do US plugs work in The Dominican Republic?

Yes, a US plug will work in The Dominican Republic and won't require a plug adapter or a power converter.

Are plug sockets in The Dominican Republic the same as US?

An American plug will fit into a Dominican Republic power outlet, both the voltage range and frequency are the same as America.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in The Dominican Republic?

To use a 220 volt appliance in The Dominican Republic you need to use a step up power converter.

Is the voltage in The Dominican Republic the same as in the US?

Americans use 120 volts but the voltage which comes from a Dominican Republic power outlet is 110 volts. Although these are very similar check the voltage on your American appliance or power charger can handle a voltage range between 100-127 volts or that it handles dual voltage.

Is a power outlet for the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for The Dominican Republic?

The Caribbean

Is a power outlet for the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for The Dominican Republic?

Different countries throughout The Caribbean use different power outlet types and voltages, a plug which could be used in The Dominican Republic might not operate or fit in another island. When travelling to more than one country in The Caribbean you should either use a multiple power adapter travel set [6] containing all types of power adapters, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter [7] as both these options should make sure that you are covered for most different power outlet types which you might encounter in each country.

As different islands in The Caribbean use different power outlet types and voltages you might find a plug which is used in The Dominican Republic might not operate properly on another island. For more details on what to expect when preparing to travel we've compiled similar instructions to this page for every Caribbean island: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Tobago, Trinidad and US Virgin Islands.

What is the electrical frequency used in a Dominican Republic power outlet?

The frequency of the current from a Dominican Republic power outlet is 60Hz.

Does The Dominican Republic have many power outages?

Typically The Dominican Republic suffers power cuts several times per month and with this high level of unreliability travellers are advised to pack accordingly.

Are power outlets common in The Dominican Republic?

In The Dominican Republic almost 5% of the population of the country doesn't have access to electrical power.

Should I pack a portable charger for The Dominican Republic?

A power bank

Should I pack a portable charger for The Dominican Republic?

As electrical power isn't available to 100% of the population of The Dominican Republic combined with problems with the stability of electrical power, travellers should pack backup charging options if they want to continue using devices such as mobile phones or cameras dependably.

  • Whilst travelling to The Dominican Republic increased use of cell phones for taking photographs, storing calendars, social network sharing, GPS and web browsing will syphon off power before the end of the day. As well as just missing photo opportunities this could possibly leave you in an unknown location without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use a satellite navigation app to find your way back to accommodation.
  • Using a power bank [4] in The Dominican Republic eases those concerns as it allows you to keep your cell phone powered on the move, especially when visiting a location with a lack of access to electricity and power outages in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank [4] will store enough power to cover over 3 full charges while a 20,000mAh portable charger [11] should keep a typical cell phone powered for roughly a week depending on the usage and model of the phone. A mAh value shows the capacity of the battery and gives an indication of the number of recharges the portable charger can do.
  • As long as your laptop has a USB-C charging port then packing a portable charger for a laptop [12] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of your laptop.
  • Be aware that some airlines won't allow you take 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 carrier.
  • Average consumer portable chargers won't work with high powered items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [9] or gas hair straighteners [10] are designed for travelling to countries with power cuts and a lack of access to electricity such as The Dominican Republic.
Will a solar battery charger work in The Dominican Republic?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot conditions

Will a solar battery charger work in The Dominican Republic?

The weather in The Dominican Republic should be suitable enough to charge solar power bank [14] reliability, however it needs to be exposed to strong sunshine in order to produce adequate energy for a single charge. It might prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank and wait whilst it recharges in a sunny area.

  • The bigger solar panels used on a solar backpack [13] give the backpack the ability to create more power within a shorter period of time and might still generate power when overcast, meaning they should perform well in The Dominican Republic.
  • A device that is directly plugged into a USB charging port of a backpack can gradually top up the battery during sunny periods in The Dominican Republic, but this might prove inconvenient to have the phone continually connected in the bag should it be used constantly. Unlike a small solar power bank which needs unpacking and facing sunlight, a solar bag is constantly exposed to sunlight so can be topping up a power bank [4] throughout the day.
  • Even though the climate in The Dominican Republic is suitable for solar, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. The durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags are made to survive scratching and bending, unlike regular firm solar panels. Solar bags are found in laptop messenger, backpack and rucksack styles which makes them ideal for travel, domestic and work 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)

The Dominican Republic 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 The Dominican Republic?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than one device then the best travel power adapter for The Dominican Republic is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [15]. Dominicanse use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Dominican Republic trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for charging your devices at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online - the multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [15] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for The Dominican Republic?

Why use a travel USB charger for The Dominican Republic?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger in order to power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different power outlets to The Dominican Republic.
  • Good USB power chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing along a domestic charger which could be impossible to replace in The Dominican Republic.
  • USB travel chargers will accept both the 110 volt power outlets in The Dominican Republic along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that hotel bedrooms in The Dominican Republic only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single wall outlet with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Due to their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in The Dominican Republic could prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers also include power outlet strips to allow you to use low wattage devices such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our guide on using travel appliances with a Dominican Republic power outlet for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for a Dominican Republic power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain cellphones might require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices require extra power.
  • When back at home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for The Dominican Republic?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both The Dominican Republic 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 North America visiting The Dominican Republic using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting The Dominican Republic.

Power converters for The Dominican Republic

What does a power converter for The Dominican Republic do?

A power converter will allow you to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt electric appliance with a 110 volt Dominican Republic 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 power adapter?

An expensive and bulky power converter [16] converts the voltage of 110 volts from a Dominican Republic power outlet to work with a non-110 volt appliance, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in The Dominican Republic.

Do I need a power converter for The Dominican Republic?

If you are visiting The Dominican Republic from another region please double check the device can be used with a 110 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [17] if you are visiting The Dominican Republic from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance or device doesn't support 110 volts. See our list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage appliance that works with 110 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts and then used with 110 volts sometimes take longer to charge or simply won't turn on. If your device charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to The Dominican Republic from a different region please check that it can be used with a 110 volt Dominican Republic power outlet otherwise you will need a step up power converter [17].
  • You don't need a power converter if you wish to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone or laptop as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as hair straighteners and curling irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [18] to allow it to be used with a 110 volt Dominican Republic power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to bring a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than trying to carry a much heavier power converter to The Dominican Republic simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our comprehensive guides on how to use curling irons, clothes irons, flat irons and blow dryers in Dominican Republic power outlets , along with recommendations on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm travelling to The Dominican Republic from the US?

You won't need to use a power converter because the voltage in The Dominican Republic is in the same 100-120V range as America.

What converter do I need for The Dominican Republic?

In order to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance with a 110 volt Dominican Republic power outlet you will need to buy a step up power converter [17].

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

Voltage converter

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

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

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

How to convert 110 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 110 volt Dominican Republic 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 The Dominican Republic before plugging that into a Dominican Republic 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 110 volt Dominican Republic power outlet.

What voltage does The Dominican Republic use?

The Dominican Republic uses 110 volts in their standard power outlets.

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my device?

One way to see if your appliance is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the device itself, typically near to where the power cord goes. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but should also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

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Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting The Dominican Republic, 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/Dominican_Republic - The Dominican Republic Wiki 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.
  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