Montserrat power adapters - what plugs are used in Montserrat?

Montserratian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Montserrat?

You'll need to pack a Type B plug adapter [3] for Montserrat if your plug won't fit in a Montserratian power outlet.

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

  • If you're from the US travelling to Montserrat then devices and appliances with US plugs will fit into a Montserratian power outlet without requiring power adapter, however the voltage is 230 volts therefore you will need to use a power converter for Montserrat if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Montserratian power outlet then you can use it in Montserrat without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Montserratian power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Montserrat such a Type B plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Montserrat (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Montserrat, but doesn't change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Montserrat to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Montserrat if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you want to power USB devices such as a mobile phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but ensure that you bring one which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Montserrat.
  • An increase in use of a cellphone during a vacation can leave you with a flat battery quickly therefore you should bring a power bank [4] if you want to keep your mobile phone battery or other devices charged throughout the day whilst visiting an unfamiliar location.

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

Montserrat power adapters

Power adapters for Montserrat

Different combinations of voltages and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to visit another country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Montserrat. This page contains links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you are travelling to Montserrat using the Type B or A Montserratian 230 volt 60Hz power outlets. Power adapters change depending on which region you're in so please read our WikiConnections world power adapters guide for a complete list showing powering devices in different regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Montserrat?

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

What is the best power adapter for Montserrat?

What is a power adapter?

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

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

What does a power adapter do?

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

Do I need a power adapter in Montserrat?

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

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Montserrat from the US?

An American plug won't require an adapter as it can fit into a Montserratian power outlet however the voltage is different so use a power converter for Montserrat if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage in Montserrat?

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

Montserrat power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Montserrat?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Montserrat?

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

  • Plug Type A - This ungrounded wall socket, also called a type A power outlet, is identified by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the twin plug socket blades go.
  • Plug Type B - This power socket, also known as a type B power outlet, can be identified by the 2 thin slots for live and neutral blades with a single semicircle hole below for the long ground pin.

Do US plugs work in Montserrat?

Maybe - a US plug will fit into a Montserratian power outlet so will not require a plug adapter, however the voltage is 230 volts therefore you need to use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage.

What frequency is used in a Montserratian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current in a Montserratian power outlet is 60 Hz.

Is a Montserratian power outlet the same as in the US?

A US plug will fit into power outlets in Montserrat, the frequency is the same as America however the voltage is different so please use a power converter for Montserrat if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

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

The Caribbean

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

Different countries throughout The Caribbean use different power outlet types and voltages, a plug which works with a Montserratian power outlet might not function correctly or fit in an outlet on another island. When travelling to more than one country in The Caribbean you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [7] containing all types of power adapters, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter [8] as both these options should make sure you're covered for most different power outlet types that you might find.

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

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

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Montserrat?

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

Should I bring a portable charger to Montserrat?

It is always recommended to bring a power bank to recharge cell phones whilst travelling.

  • The dependence on mobile phones for some is high and being without a mobile can leave them anxious, particularly when being relied upon when travelling. Whilst travelling increased reliance on mobile phones for taking photos, storing calendars, getting directions, social networks and playing games will drain the power before the end of the day. A flat cell phone battery could possibly leave you without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a satellite navigation app to find your way back to accommodation or hotel. Using a portable charger [4] eases those concerns as it means you can recharge your cell phone on the go.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [4] which can store enough power to cover around three full charges whilst a 20,000mAh power bank [11] should keep an average smart phone powered for roughly a week depending on the usage and model of the phone.
  • If your laptop has a USB-C charging port then 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 that laptop in Montserrat. Before travelling please note that some airlines don't allow you take power banks on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must be kept in hand luggage only.
  • Average consumer portable chargers aren't designed for use with high powered items, although a rechargeable hair dryer [9] or gas hair straighteners [10] can be used for travelling.
Should I bring a portable charger to Montserrat?
Does a solar battery charger work in Montserrat?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

Does a solar battery charger work in Montserrat?

The sunlight in Montserrat will be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank [14] reliability, but will need to be left in strong daylight in order to produce adequate energy for a single charge. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the much larger solar panels used on a solar backpack [13] will give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time and could also generate power when cloudy, meaning they should perform well in Montserrat.
  • A phone which has been plugged directly into the USB port of a backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Montserrat, however could prove inconvenient to have the phone continually connected in the bag if it is to be needed frequently. A battery power bank [4] plugged in a solar backpack can be constantly recharged inside the bag during the day, afterwards the phone can be recharged using the power bank at any time without sunshine.
  • Even though the sunlight in Montserrat is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate at least 6 watts of energy and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater. Unlike regular solid solar cells, the durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags have been made to survive bending and scratching. They are available in backpack, rucksack and messenger styles making them perfect for travel, domestic and work.

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Montserrat 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 Montserrat?

When travelling with more than just one device or visiting more than one country the best travel charger for Montserrat to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [15]. Montserratians use two different standards of plug sockets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your type of device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

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

For those travelling to Montserrat we recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [15] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Montserrat?

Why use a travel USB charger for Montserrat?

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

What is the best USB charger for Montserrat?

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

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Montserrat.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Montserrat.

Power converters for Montserrat

What is a power converter?

A power converter allows you to use a 100-120 volt electric appliance with a 230 volt Montserratian power outlet.

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

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [16] will transform a 230 volt Montserratian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Montserrat.

Do I need a power converter for Montserrat?

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

  • You need a step down power converter [17] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. See our list of world power outlets page to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage appliance that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed to use a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and used in a 230 volt power outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [17] is used.
  • You don't need a converter if you are attempting to charge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [18] to allow it to be used with a 230 volt Montserratian power outlet.
  • Purchasing a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than investing in a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance in Montserrat.
  • Read these travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hair straighteners and hairdryers in Montserratian power outlets which includes recommendations on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a power outlet in Montserrat is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore use a step down power converter [17] if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Montserrat?

To use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Montserratian power outlet you need to use a step down 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 does Montserrat use?

Montserrat uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [17] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Montserratian 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 Montserrat before plugging that into a Montserratian power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 230 volt Montserratian power outlet.
How to tell the voltage of your device

Single voltage hair straighteners

How to tell the voltage of your device

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

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

What can I connect to a Montserratian power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Montserratian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Montserratian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Montserratian power outlet

Mobile phones that work with a Montserratian power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a Montserratian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Montserratian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Montserrat, 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 [19].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montserrat - Montserratian country 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. 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 down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets