Haiti power adapters - what plugs are used in Haiti?

Haitian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Haiti?

You need to bring a Type B plug adapter [3] to Haiti if the plug you intend to use won't fit in a Haitian power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Haiti all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Haitian power outlet. If you're not sure what voltage your device can use then read the section about how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • Parts of Haiti do not have access to electricity, we recommend bringing a portable charger [4] if you need to recharge your mobile phone battery whilst staying in an area that doesn't have power.
  • If you're from the US travelling to Haiti all US appliances and devices should work without a power converter or power adapter. However it may be practical to bring along a USB travel power adapter as it will allow you to charge more than one device by only bringing a single power charger.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Haitian power outlet then it can work in Haiti without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Haitian power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Haiti such a Type B plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Haiti (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Haiti, but won't change the voltage from 110 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 110 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Haiti to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Haiti if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you only want to charge USB devices such as a tablet or cell phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose a USB travel adapter which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Haiti.

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

Haiti power adapters

Power adapters for Haiti

If you are packing for a trip it's helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to use any essential devices like mobile phones and laptops when you get to your destination. By not knowing which power socket is used in Haiti you may end up either bringing unnecessary adaptors or pack the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you having to purchase a suitable adaptor when you need to recharge which could be incompatible and damage your device. Varying complicated combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Haiti. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions showing exactly how to supply power to your devices in Haiti by using their types B or A 110 volt 60Hz power outlets, Type B wall outlets are used by a majority of Haitians. Power sockets change from country to country therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Haiti?

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

What is the best power adapter for Haiti?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Haiti is a compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign country to correctly slot into a wall outlet in Haiti.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Haiti allows a visitor travelling from a different location to use their electronic and electrical appliances in Haiti simply by altering the shape of the plug from one shape to another.

Do I need a power adapter in Haiti?

This will depend on the shape of plug you are using and the country you are travelling from.

Will I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Haiti from the US?

An American plug won't require a plug adapter as it already fits into a Haitian power outlet.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a Haitian power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt Haitian power outlet and doesn't convert to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use any 220-240 volt appliance then you will also need a step up power converter for Haiti along with the right adapter.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Haiti?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Haiti?

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.

Haiti power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Haiti?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Haiti?

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

  • Plug Type A - The power outlet, technically known as a type A power outlet, can be identified by the two slots adjacent to each other where the two pins sit.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise the wall socket by the two thin slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the grounded pin.

Do US plugs work in Haiti?

Yes, a US plug will work with a Haitian power outlet and doesn't need a power converter or power adapter.

What frequency is used in Haiti?

The frequency found in a Haitian power outlet is 60Hz.

Is a plug socket in Haiti the same as the US?

A US plug will fit into outlets in Haiti, both the voltage range and frequency are the identical to America.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Haiti?

Use a step up power converter if you wish to bring a 220 volt appliance to Haiti.

Is an electrical power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for Haiti?

The Caribbean

Is an electrical power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for Haiti?

Different islands in The Caribbean use different voltages and power outlet types, a plug that could be used in Haiti might not operate correctly in a power outlet on another island. When travelling to more than one country in The Caribbean you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [7] containing every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [8] as both these options make sure that you are covered for most different power outlet types that you may encounter.

Because different islands in The Caribbean use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, a plug which is used in Haiti might not function correctly with an electric outlet on another island. When preparing to travel read these pages for further instructions on what you can expect for every island in the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Tobago, Trinidad and US Virgin Islands.

Is the voltage in Haiti the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Haitian power outlet is 110 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. Even though these are similar please check the voltage on your American appliance or charger can support a voltage range between 100 to 127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

How reliable is the power grid in Haiti?

Although stable power can't be guaranteed, electricity in Haiti is dependable with no history of frequent power outages.

What proportion of Haiti has access to electricity?

In Haiti less than half of the population has access to electricity.

Should I pack a portable charger for Haiti?

A power bank for charging phones

Should I pack a portable charger for Haiti?

Because electricity isn't available to all of Haiti travellers should check ahead that their accomodation can assure a dependable power supply, alternatively use a second charging option if they want to recharge devices such as cellphones consistently.

  • During a trip increased use of cell phones for storing calendars, taking photos, GPS, social networks and streaming videos will syphon off power more excessively than normal. Beyond the simple missed photograph opportunities this can potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use satellite navigation to find your way back to hotel. Packing a portable charger [4] for Haiti lowers that risk as it allows you to power up your smart phone on the go, especially when travelling to a country with limited access to power in some areas.
  • Bring at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [4] which will store enough power to power around three full charge cycles while a 20,000mAh portable charger [11] should keep a typical smart phone charged for up to 7 days.
  • If you need to charge your laptop in Haiti and it has a USB-C charging port then look for a portable charger for a laptop [12] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • However be aware that some airlines don't let you take power banks on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be kept in the hold so we recommended checking ahead with the carrier first.
  • Consumer power banks won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [9] or gas hair straighteners [10] are available for travelling to areas with a lack of access to electricity like Haiti.
Will a solar battery charger work in Haiti?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Will a solar battery charger work in Haiti?

The climate in Haiti will be suitable enough to charge solar power bank [14] dependably, however it needs to be exposed to strong sunlight to produce suitable power for a single charge. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the bigger solar cells found on a solar backpack [13] give the backpack the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time, meaning they should perform well in Haiti.
  • A phone which has been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a backpack should gradually recharge the battery during sunny spells in Haiti, but this could be inconvenient to have the phone continually connected in the bag if it is to be needed constantly. Unlike a handheld solar power bank which requires unpacking facing sunlight, a backback with solar panels is continuously exposed to daylight therefore can be powering up a regular power bank [4] during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in Haiti is strong, 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 includes a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. The durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags are made to survive scratches and bending, unlike regular solid solar panels. Solar bags are available in backpack, rucksack and messenger styles which makes them ideal for domestic, work and travel 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)

Haiti 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 Haiti?

If you are travelling with more than just one device and visiting more than one country then the best travel power adapter for Haiti is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [15]. There are two different types of wall outlets in Haiti (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers along with support for more power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers on your Haitian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible power adapter of this nature online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [15] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Haiti?

Why use a travel USB charger for Haiti?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. It helps reduce the size and weight of your baggage by only packing one USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple power chargers with you.
  • All travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them perfect if visiting multiple countries which will probably use a different outlet to Haiti.
  • Good USB travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Haiti.
  • USB travel chargers will accept both the 110 volts used in Haiti power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that hotels in Haiti might only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the worry out of visiting an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often scarce and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Haiti might prove difficult and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage devices such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information read the guide on using travel appliances in Haiti for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter to use with a Haitian power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive USB travel chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices draw additional power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can also be useful when returning home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Haiti?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Haiti 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Haiti.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 Haiti.

Power converters for Haiti

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

Power converters for Haiti enable you to use a 220-240 volt electrical appliance with a 110 volt Haitian power outlet.

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

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

An expensive and bulky power converter [16] transforms the voltage of 110 volts from a Haitian power outlet to work with a non-110 volt appliance, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Haiti.

Do I need a power converter for Haiti?

If travelling to Haiti from a different country please ensure your device can accept a 110 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [17] if you are travelling to Haiti from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 110 volts. Read our list of world power outlets page to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 110 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (such as 220 volts) and then used in a 110 volt power outlet can take longer to charge or simply won't turn on. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Haiti from a different region check that it will work with a 110 volt Haitian power outlet otherwise you will need to use a step up power converter [17].
  • You won't need a power converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example curling irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [18] to allow it to be used with a 110 volt Haitian power outlet.
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance might be more cost effective and practical than bringing a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in Haiti.
  • For more information read these guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hair dryers and flat irons with a Haitian power outlet which includes advice on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Haiti from the US?

You won't need to use a power converter because the voltage in Haiti is in the same 100-120 volt range as the US.

What converter do I need for Haiti?

If you wish to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance with a 110 volt Haitian power outlet you need to use a step up power converter [17].

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

Voltage converter

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

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

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

What voltage is used in Haiti?

Haiti uses 110 volts in their power outlets.

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 Haitian 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 Haiti before plugging that into a Haitian 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 Haitian power outlet.
What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if a device is dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the charger or on the device itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your appliance, it could also be written in the instruction manual.

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

What can I connect to a Haitian power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Haitian power outlet

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Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Haitian power outlet

Mobile phones that work with the Haitian power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with the Haitian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Haitian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Haiti, 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/Haiti - Haitian country entry on wikipedia.
  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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  8. 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.
  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