US to The Grenadines power adapters - do you need to bring a power adapter for The Grenadines?

Grenadines power outlet

What adapter do I need for The Grenadines?

You'll need to bring a Type G plug adapter to The Grenadines if your plug doesn't fit into a Grenadines power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting The Grenadines all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Grenadines power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device uses then read the section about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • Some areas of The Grenadines do not have access to power and suffer from regular power blackouts, it is advised to pack a portable charger if you want to recharge your mobile phone whilst staying in an area without electricity or during a power outage.
  • If you are from America and travelling to The Grenadines you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Grenadines to fit a US plug into a Grenadines power outlet. Because the voltage is different in The Grenadines use a power converter for The Grenadines if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Grenadines power outlet then you can use it in The Grenadines.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Grenadines power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for The Grenadines such a Type G plug adapter. Please be aware that a plug adapter for The Grenadines (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The Grenadines, but doesn't convert the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for The Grenadines to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for The Grenadines if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you need to power one or more USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for The Grenadines[3]

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

The Grenadines power adapters

Power adapters for The Grenadines

If you are packing for a vacation it's helpful to know if you can charge your important devices when you get there. But without knowing which power supply to expect you may end up either weighing your suitcases down with too many spare adaptors or bring the wrong adaptor, therefore needing to purchase a suitable charger when you're there. Differing voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in The Grenadines. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions which shows which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when staying in The Grenadines by using their Type G, C, E, I or K Grenadines 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Vincentians will typically use the Type G sockets in their power outlets. You will discover most power adapters are different from country to country therefore please read our Wikiconnections travel power adapters guide for a full list of powering devices in different regions.

What is the best power adapter for The Grenadines?

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

What is the best power adapter for The Grenadines?
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What is a power adapter for a Grenadines power outlet?

Power adapters are compact and cheap plastic adapters that allow a different type of power plug from a foreign region to easily fit into a power socket in The Grenadines. [5]

Will a power adapter convert the voltage from a Grenadines power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Grenadines power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for The Grenadines.

Do I need a plug adapter in The Grenadines?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you wish to use in The Grenadines.

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Do I need a power adapter for The Grenadines if I'm visiting from the US?

An American plug won't fit into a Grenadines power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for The Grenadines, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for The Grenadines to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

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What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for The Grenadines enables visitors from a different location to use their electronic appliances in The Grenadines by altering the shape of the power plug.

Where to buy a power adapter in The Grenadines

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in The Grenadines

On arrival power adapters could 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.

Where to buy a power adapter for The Grenadines in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for The Grenadines in the US

The Grenadines to US power adapters will most likely be available in most major US International 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 such as Hudson News or Brookstone, but expect to pay 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.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street electrical stores such as Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Home Depot or Fry's normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for The Grenadines

Travel USB Wall Chargers

A compact travel USB wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal in situations when you only want to charge devices which are USB powered.
  • You only need to bring one charger instead of carrying lots of domestic USB power chargers which costs on average under $15.
  • Chargers come with swappable heads making them versatile in a large number of different locations. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are usually small and lightweight making them easy to store.
  • Models should have a surge protector built in, this will protect your device from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • When you return to America it could still be of use.
  • The swappable plugs will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in The Grenadines.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB ports so you will be unable to power any electrical appliances, only USB ones. [6]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Universal adapters are ideal in multiple countries

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Useful when visiting to multiple countries. Most models operate in over 150 different countries.
  • An all in one design. Both small and lightweight for between $15 to $20.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters which include multiple USB charging ports.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some models include a surge protector built in to protect any device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The retractable pins don't get caught against other items when packed in your baggage.
  • When you return home it should still be of use as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will fit in a Grenadines power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Cannot be used with a high powered electrical appliance - for example clothes irons, kettles or curling irons.
  • The shutters, pins and moving parts could be fragile on some models which might make them likely to jam whilst abroad.
  • Will only charge one plug.
  • Might not work in some countries, models might not work in certain countries with less popular outlet types.
  • Universal travel power adapters lack a built in voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for electrical appliances which don't support 230 volts in The Grenadines. [7]
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is able to power many electronic devices at once from only one Grenadines power outlet, costing under $40.
  • Some models will convert voltage for lower wattage devices such as laptops or cameras. So therefore if your device isn't dual voltage it will still work in The Grenadines by using only a travel power strip. This will make them a cheaper lightweight substitute for a power converter.
  • Most models also feature a number of USB charge ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain areas could fluctuate, a power surge might damage your devices. There are some models which have a built in surge protector which will prevent any electronics from being overloaded.
  • When you return to America the power strip could still work as a power strip and USB charger.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in The Grenadines.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a normal voltage converter, the voltage converter on a travel power strip won't work with high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or clothes irons.
  • Due to their weight power strips might be unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be considered excessive if you only have a small number of devices that need charging. [8]
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Bringing a Type G plug adapter will be ideal for The Grenadines.
  • Easy to use.
  • Cheapest option, prices between $5 to $10.
  • Light and compact.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • If you plan on travelling to more than just one country you may need to pack multiple power adapter types.
  • This only changes the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Grenadines power outlet and not the actual voltage used in The Grenadines, if your device doesn't support 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • 1 power adapter for each plug - for each device you will also need to use a separate plug adapter.
  • Some hotel rooms in The Grenadines might only have one wall outlet available, therefore you will only be able to power a single appliance at once.
  • If you need to charge a USB device then you also still need to pack a domestic USB charger. [3]
Plug Adapter Sets

A plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly between $15 to $20 a power adapter set will typically work out cheaper than buying multiple plug adapters for multiple locations costing almost $10 each.
  • Covers all countries.
  • For travellers visiting multiple locations a power plug adapter set is the most flexible option.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so will work in The Grenadines.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; prior to any trip you'll have to choose which adapters to pack, or alternatively bring each plug adapter type.
  • Lots individual plug adapters to pack.
  • With just a single functioning plug adapter the remaining power adapters will be redundant using up space.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included (and especially rarer adapters), so ensure that your plug adapter set has one that works with a Grenadines power outlet.
  • A plug adapter only alters the shape of the plug but won't change the voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

Larger voltage converters

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It only changes the 230 volts from a Grenadines power outlet and not the shape of the plug to fit into a Grenadines power outlet, therefore you will still need to pack the right type of plug adapter for The Grenadines.
  • The normal weight of voltage converters makes them impractical for packing in hand luggage.
  • A voltage converter won't be of any use after your trip to The Grenadines.
  • Often better value and more practical to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a more expensive voltage converter just in order to power your existing single voltage appliance abroad.
  • Expensive, almost $120.
  • When you travel from the US and visiting The Grenadines you will need a voltage converter as the voltage from a Grenadines power outlet is 230 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for The Grenadines

Type G Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in The Grenadines Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included G A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 50+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type G Grenadines power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a Grenadines power outlet Yes
Useful when you return to America Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 230 volt AC appliance in The Grenadines Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under $10 between $15 to $20 between $10 to $15 between $35 to $40 between $15 to $20 almost $100
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

The Grenadines power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in The Grenadines?

There are five types of power outlets used in The Grenadines, types G, C, E, I and K with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the plug socket by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise the plug socket by two 4.8mm circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins and one metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern.
  • Plug Type G - The wall outlet (technically known as a type G power outlet) can be identified by three vertical slots with shutters forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  • Plug Type I - The power outlet (technically known as a type I power outlet) can be identified by three thin slots for the live, neutral and earth blades.
  • Plug Type K - This wall outlet (also called a type K power outlet) can be identified by the three holes in an upside-down triangular pattern and the bottom hole appearing in a semicircular shape. [3]
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Do US plugs work in The Grenadines?

No - an American plug won't work in The Grenadines because it can't fit in a Grenadines power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. The voltage is 230 volts so please use a power converter for The Grenadines if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

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Is the voltage in The Grenadines the same as the US?

The voltage from a Grenadines power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your American charger or appliance won't handle dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for a Grenadines power outlet which can lower the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

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How do I use a 110 volt appliance in The Grenadines?

To use a 110V or 120V appliance in a Grenadines power outlet you need to bring a step down power converter.

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Is a power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for The Grenadines?

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Is a power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for The Grenadines?

Different countries in The Caribbean use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, a plug which works with a Grenadines power outlet might not operate correctly in another island. If you are travelling to more than one country in The Caribbean it is advised to either bring along a multiple power adapter travel set that contains different types of power adapters, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter as both these options make sure that you're covered for most different power outlet types which you might encounter.

Because each island in The Caribbean uses different voltages and power outlet types you might discover a plug which can be used in The Grenadines might not work correctly on another island. For more details on what to expect before travelling we've put together similar instructions to this one 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.   [11] [11] [12]

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Is an outlet in The Grenadines the same as in the US?

American plugs won't fit in a Grenadines power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for The Grenadines. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage use a power converter for The Grenadines and ensure that it works with a 50hz power outlet.

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What is the electrical frequency used in The Grenadines?

The frequency from a Grenadines power outlet is 50 Hz. [13]

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country

Are there many power outages in The Grenadines?

Typically The Grenadines reports power failures on a monthly basis.

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What is access to electricity in The Grenadines like?

Almost 5% of the population doesn't have access to electrical power in The Grenadines.

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Do I need a power bank for The Grenadines?

As the power grid isn't available in all areas of The Grenadines alongside problems with the reliability of the power grid, travellers are advised to bring backup charging solutions if they wish to continue using devices such as cellphones or cameras.

  • Whilst travelling increased reliance on cell phones for taking photos, storing itineraries, social network sharing, getting directions and web browsing can syphon off power more excessively than normal. As well as the simple missing photograph opportunities this could potentially leave you without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to return back to your accommodation. Bringing along a 10,000mAh portable charger to The Grenadines lowers the risk as it means you can keep your smart phone charged without using a wall charger, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to power and power outages in some areas.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh power bank which can store enough electricity to power over three full cycles while a 20,000mAh portable charger should keep an average smart phone powered for almost a week depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • Providing that your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then packing a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20Wh can be used to extend the battery life of the laptop.
  • Be aware that some airlines won't let you take batteries on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Consumer power banks aren't designed for use with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners can be used for travelling to locations with power cuts and limited access to electricity such as The Grenadines.    [14] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18]
Do I need a power bank for The Grenadines?
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Do solar chargers work in The Grenadines?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Do solar chargers work in The Grenadines?

The sunshine in The Grenadines should be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank dependably, however it needs to be left in strong sunshine in order to provide suitable power for a single charge. This could prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The larger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the climate in The Grenadines.
  • Phones that have been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the battery during sunny spells in The Grenadines, however might be inconvenient to have a phone continually connected to the bag should it be needed constantly. A solar powered bag is usually exposed to daylight therefore can be powering up a power bank during the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank that requires unpacking and facing sunlight.
  • Although the climate in The Grenadines is suitable, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags have been designed to survive scratches and bending, unlike normal firm solar cells. Solar bags are available in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles making them perfect for travel, work and domestic use.  [19] [20]
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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 Grenadines 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 Grenadines?

If travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just one device the best travel power adapter for The Grenadines to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are five different standards of wall outlets that Vincentians use (types G, C, E, I and K) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of device is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

This means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power adapters or using up additional power outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage and suitable for recharging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for a multipurpose travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer, the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis. [6]

What USB charger do I need for The Grenadines?
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Why use a travel USB charger for The Grenadines?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only bringing one USB wall charger instead of bringing several different USB power chargers.
  • Travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries across North America which are likely to use a different standard to The Grenadines.
  • A good USB power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in The Grenadines.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in The Grenadines power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel rooms or accommodation in The Grenadines might only have one power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with all your devices instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in The Grenadines might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Higher priced USB chargers should also include a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please see our guide on using travel appliances with a Grenadines power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Grenadines power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Some tablets and mobile phones could require more than the usual 500 mA produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be useful by charging multiple cell phones and tablets every day using a single power outlet. [6]

What is the best USB charger for The Grenadines?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting The Grenadines using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting The Grenadines.

Power converters for The Grenadines

What is a power converter?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Grenadines 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 plug adapter for The Grenadines?

An expensive and bulky power converter will convert a 230 volt Grenadines power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet in The Grenadines. [21]

Do I need a power converter for The Grenadines?

When you are visiting The Grenadines from a different country please ensure that the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You need a step down power converter if you are visiting The Grenadines from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets page to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage such as 120 volts and then used in a 230 volt outlet run the risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair dryers or curling irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter which allows it to be used with a 230 volt Grenadines power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier high wattage power converter to The Grenadines in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers in The Grenadines , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [22]
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Will I need a power converter if I'm travelling to The Grenadines from America?

The 230 volts from a wall outlet in The Grenadines is different to a US supply so use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage. [10]

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What kind of converter do I need for The Grenadines?

If you need to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in The Grenadines you will need to buy a step down power converter[10]

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How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Grenadines 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 Grenadines before plugging that into a Grenadines 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 Grenadines power outlet. [10]
What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

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

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

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

What voltage is used in The Grenadines?

The Grenadines uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets. [2]

The Grenadines
http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Single voltage hair straighteners

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

The easiest method to tell if your device is dual or single voltage is to check for numbers printed on the charger, or on the device itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make or model of your device, it should also state on the box.

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

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Travel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets and number of USB powers were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for The Grenadines?

Which type of power adapter will you need for The Grenadines?

The plug adapter or power converter which is best to use in The Grenadines is dependant on various requirements, so before choosing the right one to use we recommend using this checklist:

What types of electrical devices do you need to use in The Grenadines?

A travel shaver

What types of electrical devices do you need to use in The Grenadines?

  • There are 3 types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electrical devices which plug into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that plug into an electrical outlet - for example hair straighteners or curling irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices that charge with a USB port - for example phones or tablets.
  • If you only intend to take just USB powered devices to The Grenadines then you'll find that a travel USB charger is ideal because you will only have to bring that single charger .
  • Travel power strips are most suited for powering and voltage conversion for multiple low wattage devices (such as a laptop), but won't work with high wattage appliances that need voltage conversion and could potentially overload it.
How many electrical devices are you packing for The Grenadines?

How much are you packing

How many electrical devices are you packing for The Grenadines?

  • Add up how many devices and applicances you want to pack for The Grenadines (such as cell phones, laptops, eReaders, curling irons or hair straighteners).
    • Take into account that you might own more electrical items at a later date. Do you intend on buying a new tablet computer next year for example?
    • There are an increasing number of USB powered rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise USB for a power source. Therefore next time you have to buy a new device it could use a USB adapter so ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these as well.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their iPads as well?

Will your appliances only work with a 230 volt power outlet?

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in The Grenadines?

Will you only bring USB electronics

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in The Grenadines?

How many Grenadines power outlets will be available?

Are multiple outlets available

How many Grenadines power outlets will be available?

  • Your hotel may offer only a single power outlet, this will be an issue if charging the batteries of multiple items such as cell phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight as you will only be able to recharge one device at a time then need to swap.
  • If you need to recharge more than one device simultaneously then we recommend using a USB wall charger or a travel power strip that can charge multiple USB ports or power outlets. [8]

How much can you afford?

  • Cheap power adapters start at under $10 which powers only one device in a single country (provided that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 230 volts), but paying anywhere between $15 to $20 means you can power multiple devices simultaneously and bring them to various different countries.

Do you intend on visiting countries other than The Grenadines?

  • Most single plug adapters will only operate in the one country that they are designed for, so if you wish to visit multiple countries you'll need to bring along additional power adapters which in turn adds to the number of adapters you'll have to bring.
  • On the other hand travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are designed for travelling to more than one country becuase of their interchangeable head system.

Are you intending on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

How long does it take to travel to The Grenadines?

Using a phone in the airport

How long does it take to travel to The Grenadines?

  • With extended journeys it's worth thinking about bringing an airport-friendly charger that works in different outlet types, one which is light enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can top up tablets and phones just prior to a lengthy flight.
  • As not all airports actually have power outlets available think about bringing a portable charger for recharging on the go. After arriving in The Grenadines you could need to use your cell phone to make calls, reading emails , using mapping to find your accomodation or viewing your itinerary; so please ensure that your phone has ample charge remaining. [4]
Do you intend on bringing hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you intend on bringing hand luggage?

Do you still need use your charger when returning to America?

Will you always have good access to electricity?

  • Voltage in The Grenadines could sporadically fluctuate and this can potentially cause damage to your devices, use a power adapter which has surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Because The Grenadines has power cuts and having partial access to power you might find that whatever power charger you bring to the country doesn't work anyway. Prepare for power cuts and limited electrical access in The Grenadines by bringing a portable charger and a solar backpack.  [4] [4] [19]

What can I connect to a Grenadines power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Grenadines power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Grenadines power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Grenadines power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Grenadines power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Grenadines power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Grenadines power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Grenadines power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting The Grenadines, 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[23]

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. Wikipedia - The Grenadines Wikipedia web page.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, priced at between $5 to $10.
  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, estimated price between $45 to $50.
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor -
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15.
  7. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, between $15 to $20.
  8. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, estimated cost under $40.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, costing between $15 to $20.
  10. 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, between $110 to $120.
  11. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set , priced between $15 to $20.
  12. 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, between $5 to $10.
  13. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, under $35.
  15. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, between $150 to $160.
  16. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, between $20 to $25.
  17. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, between $45 to $50.
  18. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, costing between $120 to $130.
  19. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, priced at under $100.
  20. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, estimated price under $25.
  21. 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, between $90 to $100.
  22. 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, between $160 to $170.
  23. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -