Saint Martin power adapters - what plugs are used in Saint Martin?

St Martins power outlet

What adapter do I need for Saint Martin?

You'll need to use a Type F plug adapter [4] for Saint Martin if your plug doesn't fit in a St Martins power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Saint Martin all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a St Martins power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device can use then read the section on how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you are travelling to Saint Martin from America then you will need to bring a power adapter to fit a US plug into a St Martins power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Saint Martin pack a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a St Martins power outlet then it should work in Saint Martin without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a St Martins power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Saint Martin such a Type F plug adapter [4]. A plug adapter for Saint Martin (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Saint Martin, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Saint Martin to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Saint Martin if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you need to power your USB devices such as a cell phone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Saint Martin.
  • Excessive use of a cellphone during a vacation to Saint Martin can leave you with a flat battery quickly, we suggest bringing a power bank [9] if you need to recharge your mobile phone or other USB powered devices whilst visiting an unknown location.

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

Saint Martin power adapters

Power adapters for Saint Martin

If you are packing for a vacation it can be useful to know in advance if you can power your important devices when you're there. However without knowing which power supply is used you could end up either bringing too many spare adaptors or pack the wrong charger, leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you get there. Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can often be confusing when planning to visit another country especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Saint Martin. This page has links to useful instructions showing you exactly how to power your devices when travelling to Saint Martin by using the standard types F or C St Martins 230 volt 60Hz plug outlets, a majority of Saint Martins use Type F sockets in their plug outlets. Most power sockets will vary regionally so please read the World power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Saint Martin?

The best power adapter for Saint Martin is a Type F power adapter [4] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Saint Martin?

What is a power adapter for a St Martins power outlet?

A power adapter for Saint Martin is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits a St Martins power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another country.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [10].

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Saint Martin?

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt St Martins power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt device then you will also need a step down power converter along with the correct power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for Saint Martin?

This depends on the shape of plug you want to use in Saint Martin.

Will I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Saint Martin from America?

If you are visiting from the US then you will need to bring a plug adapter for Saint Martin because a US plug won't physically fit in a St Martins power outlet, and as the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Saint Martin to prevent damage or overheating to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter for Saint Martin do?

A power adapter for Saint Martin allows visitors from a different country to use electronic and electrical devices in Saint Martin by adapting the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Saint Martin?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Saint Martin?

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.

Saint Martin power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Saint Martin?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Saint Martin?

There are two types of power outlets used in Saint Martin, types F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this wall outlet by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into.
  • Plug Type F - This round wall outlet can be identified by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other and metal grounding clips above and below.

Do US plugs work in Saint Martin?

No; a US plug won't work in Saint Martin because it doesn't fit in a St Martins power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. Also the voltage is different therefore you will also need to use a power converter if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Saint Martin?

Use a step down power converter if you need to use a 110 volt appliance in a St Martins power outlet.

Is the voltage in Saint Martin the same as the US?

The voltage from a St Martins power outlet is 230 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your American appliance or power charger doesn't support dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for Saint Martin which can change the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

What electrical frequency is used with a St Martins power outlet?

The frequency from a St Martins power outlet is 60 Hz.

Is an electrical outlet in Saint Martin the same as the US?

American plugs won't fit in a St Martins power outlet so use a power adapter for Saint Martin. The frequency is the same in the US however the voltage is different so you will need to use a power converter for Saint Martin if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

Should I bring a power bank to Saint Martin?

USB power bank

Should I bring a power bank to Saint Martin?

It is always recommended to pack a portable charger to recharge cell phones and other USB powered devices whilst travelling.

  • Whilst travelling increased use of mobile phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, GPS, social networks and staying entertained can syphon off power towards the end of the day. Beyond the inconvenience of missing photograph opportunities a flat mobile phone battery can possibly leave you stranded without sufficient power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to find your way back to accommodation or hotel. Using a power bank [9] eases those concerns as it means you can power up your cell phone without needing a St Martins power outlet.
  • A 10,000mAh power bank [9] will supply enough power to power over three full days of mobile phone use while a 20,000mAh portable charger [14] should keep a typical mobile phone powered for almost 7 days.
  • As long as your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then packing a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20Wh or more can be used to recharge your laptop. Please note that some airlines don't allow you bring batteries on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high powered items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] can be used for travelling.
Will a solar charger work in Saint Martin?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Will a solar charger work in Saint Martin?

The climate in Saint Martin should be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank [17] dependably, however it will need to be exposed to strong sunlight in order to provide adequate energy 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 larger solar cells used on a solar backpack [16] will give the backpack the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time and should also generate a smaller charge when cloudy, making them ideal for the climate in Saint Martin.
  • A device that has been directly plugged into the USB charging port of a solar backpack can gradually recharge the power during sunny spells in Saint Martin, but might be inconvenient to have it continuously connected in the bag during the day should it be needed constantly. A normal power bank [9] plugged in a solar backpack can be continuously recharged during the day, afterwards the phone can be powered up using the power bank without being attached to the bag.
  • Although the sunlight in Saint Martin is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and includes a power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • Unlike normal solid solar panels, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to endure bending and scratches. Solar bags are available in backpack, messenger and rucksack styles making them ideal for domestic, travel 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)

Saint Martin 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 Saint Martin?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for Saint Martin to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Saint Martins use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your model of device can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Saint Martin. Only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for a flexible power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Saint Martin?

Why use a travel USB charger for Saint Martin?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 separate power chargers it becomes only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 individual devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your luggage.
  • Travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types making them perfect if travelling across multiple countries across Europe which are likely to use a different outlet to Saint Martin.
  • Good chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Saint Martin.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in Saint Martin power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that accommodation or hotel rooms in Saint Martin 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 waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Due to their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets before a flight can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Saint Martin could prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB chargers also feature power outlet strips to use low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our section on using travel appliances in Saint Martin for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a St Martins power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Some mobile phones could require more than the usual 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices draw additional power.
  • Travel USB chargers can also be useful back at home by recharging multiple cell phones and tablets on a daily basis using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Saint Martin?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, 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 can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Saint Martin and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Saint Martin.
  • 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 gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Saint Martin.

Power converters for Saint Martin

What does a power converter for a St Martins power outlet do?

A power converter enables you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt St Martins 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 for Saint Martin?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Saint Martin, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [18] transforms a 230 volt St Martins power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Saint Martin?

When you are travelling to Saint Martin from another region please ensure the device can be charged using a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [19] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device is incompatible with 230 volts. See the world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are already using either a 230 volt single voltage appliance or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which are designed to use a lower voltage (for example 120 volts) and used in a 230 volt outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless you use a step down power converter [19].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as clothes irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [6].
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than carrying a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our guides on using clothes irons, curling wands, hair straighteners and blow dryers with a St Martins power outlet , along with advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Saint Martin if I'm visiting from the US?

The voltage from a plug outlet in Saint Martin is different to a 110 volt US outlet so use a step down power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Saint Martin?

You will need to buy a step down power converter [19] which allows you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in a 230 volt St Martins power outlet.

What voltage is used in Saint Martin?

Saint Martin uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [19] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt St Martins 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 Saint Martin before plugging that into a St Martins 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 St Martins power outlet.
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.
How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

The way to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug or on the device itself, normally on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord goes. This location might depend on the make and model of your appliance and could also state in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

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Travel appliances that can connect to a St Martins power outlet

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Mobile phones which can connect to the St Martins power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the St Martins power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Saint Martin, 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].

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Martin - Saint Martin country page on wikipedia.org.
  2. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel.
  6. 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.
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  17. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  18. 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.
  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