Jamaica power adapters - what plugs are used in Jamaica?

Jamaican power outlet

What adapter do I need for Jamaica?

You need to use a Type B plug adapter [3] for Jamaica if the plug you need to use won't fit into a Jamaican power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Jamaica all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Jamaican power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device uses then read the section about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • Certain areas in Jamaica do not have access to electricity and suffer from power blackouts, it is advised to pack a portable charger [4] if you want to recharge your mobile phone whilst staying in a region without electricity or during a blackout.
  • If you are travelling to Jamaica from America then all US appliances and devices should work without an adapter or power converter as long as your device can work with a 50hz power outlet. One recommendation however is to bring a multiple USB travel power adapter as it will allow you to charge more than one device with only a single power charger.
  • If your device can run on 110 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Jamaican power outlet then you can use it in Jamaica.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Jamaican power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Jamaica such a Type B plug adapter [3]. Note that a plug adapter for Jamaica (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Jamaica, but won't convert the voltage from 110 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 110 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Jamaica to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Jamaica if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, however make sure that you bring one which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Jamaica.

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

Jamaica power adapters

Power adapters for Jamaica

If organizing a holiday it can be useful to know if you'll be able to use your electronics such as cell phones and cameras when you reach your destination. Without knowing which power supply is used in Jamaica you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, meaning needing to borrow a suitable charger on arrival. Various 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 common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Jamaica. This page contains links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you are in Jamaica by using the standard B or A type 110 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type B plug outlets will be typically used by most Jamaicans. Power adapters change depending on which area you're taking a trip to therefore please read our Wikiconnections travel power adapters list for a full list of powering devices in different countries.

What is the best power adapter for Jamaica?

The best power adapter for Jamaica is a Type B power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 110 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Jamaica?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that allow an electic socket in Jamaica to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a different region.

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

Do I need a plug adapter in Jamaica?

If the power plug you are using is different to the shape of the Jamaican power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter for Jamaica if I'm from the US?

A US plug won't need an adapter because it already fits in a Jamaican power outlet.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from another country to use electrical appliances in Jamaica simply by changing the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Jamaica?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt Jamaican power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use any 220-240 volt device you also need to bring a more expensive step up power converter.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Jamaica?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Jamaica?

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.

Jamaica power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Jamaica?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Jamaica?

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

  • Plug Type A - This power socket (also called the type A power outlet) is recognised by the two adjacent slots.
  • Plug Type B - This plug socket, technically called a type B power outlet, is recognised by 2 slots with a semicircle shaped hole below for the grounded pin.

Do US plugs work in Jamaica?

Yes, a US plug should work in Jamaica so won't need a power converter or an adapter, however check that your appliance can work with a 50hz power outlet.

What is the frequency used with a Jamaican power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Jamaican power outlet is 50Hz.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Jamaica?

To use a 220V appliance in a Jamaican power outlet you need to use a step up power converter.

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

The voltage in Jamaica is 110 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. Even though these are very similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your US charger or appliance supports voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

Are electrical outlets in Jamaica the same as US?

An American plug will fit into outlets found in Jamaica, the voltage is within the 100-128 volt range used in America but the frequency is different so you will need to ensure that your appliance works with 50hz.

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

The Caribbean

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

Different islands in The Caribbean use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug which can be used in Jamaica might not work correctly or fit in another island. When travelling to more than one island in The Caribbean you should either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [7] consisting of every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [8] as both these options should ensure you are covered for most different power outlet types that you may find on each island.

Because each island in The Caribbean uses different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug which works with a Jamaican power outlet might not operate properly with an outlet on another island. For further details on what to expect when preparing to travel we've put together similar instructions to this page 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.

What is access to electricity in Jamaica like?

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

Are there power outages in Jamaica?

It is reported that there are weekly power blackouts in Jamaica.

Should I pack a power bank for Jamaica?

Portable charger

Should I pack a power bank for Jamaica?

Because electricity isn't available to 100% of the population of Jamaica together with potential power blackouts, travellers should use alternative charging options if they need to continue using devices such as mobile phones or eReaders.

  • During a trip to Jamaica increased reliance on smart phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, social network sharing, getting directions and staying entertained can syphon off power more excessively than normal. As well as the simple missing photograph opportunities a flat mobile phone battery can potentially leave you without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to find your way back to hotel. Using a portable charger [4] in Jamaica lowers that risk as it allows you to recharge your smart phone on the go, especially when travelling to a country with limited access to electricity and power cuts in some areas.
  • A 10,000mAh power bank [4] will supply enough power to cover around 3 full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger [11] should keep a typical mobile phone powered for around seven days.
  • Providing that your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then packing a portable charger for a laptop [12] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of the laptop when travelling to Jamaica. Be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage so please check ahead with the carrier first.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high powered items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [9] or gas hair straighteners [10] are designed for travelling to locations with both power cuts and a lack of access to electricity like Jamaica.
Does a solar powered charger work in Jamaica?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Does a solar powered charger work in Jamaica?

The climate in Jamaica will be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [14] dependably, but needs to be left in strong sunlight in order to provide adequate power for a single charge. It may prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The bigger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack [13] give the backpack the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the climate in Jamaica.
  • A phone that is plugged directly into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in Jamaica, however this could be inconvenient to have it continually tethered in the bag if it is to be used frequently. 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 Jamaica is suitable, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and includes a 10,000mAH power bank or greater. Unlike regular rigid solar cells, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags are designed to survive scratching and bending. They are found in laptop messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them perfect for travel, domestic and work.

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)

Jamaica 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 Jamaica?

If travelling with more than one device and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Jamaica is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [15]. Jamaicans use two different standards of wall outlets (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Jamaica or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for an adaptable travel adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [15] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Jamaica?

Why use a travel USB charger for Jamaica?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only bringing one USB wall charger rather than bringing several different USB chargers.
  • Travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal when visiting different countries across North America which are likely to use different standards to Jamaica.
  • Good USB travel chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Jamaica.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 110 volt power outlets in Jamaica along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that some hotels in Jamaica only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • 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 mobile phone in Jamaica might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in low powered devices such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances in Jamaica for useful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices with a Jamaican power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices need extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by recharging multiple cell phones every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Jamaica?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Jamaica using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Jamaica.

Power converters for Jamaica

What is a power converter for a Jamaican power outlet?

A power converter for Jamaica will enable travellers to use a 220-240 volt electric appliance with a 110 volt Jamaican 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 Jamaica?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Jamaica, however an expensive and bulkier power converter [16] will transform the voltage of 110 volts from a Jamaican power outlet to work with a non-110 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Jamaica?

When travelling to Jamaica from another country please check that your device can be used with a 110 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [17] if you are visiting Jamaica from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device is incompatible with 110 volts. See our WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 110 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts and then used in a 110 volt power outlet sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up. If your device charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Jamaica from a different region check that it can be used with a 110 volt power supply otherwise you will need to bring a step up power converter [17].
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [18] which allows the appliance to be used with a 110 volt Jamaican power outlet.
  • Investing a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance will be more practical and cost effective than bringing a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and blow dryers with a Jamaican power outlet , along with advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

A US plug does not need a power converter because the voltage from a Jamaican power outlet is in the same 100-120 volt range as America.

What kind of converter do I need for Jamaica?

You will need to buy a step up power converter [17] to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Jamaica.

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

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

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

How to convert 110 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [17] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 110 volt Jamaican 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 Jamaica before plugging that into a Jamaican power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 110 volt Jamaican power outlet.

What voltage is used in Jamaica?

Jamaica uses 110 volts in their normal power outlets.

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

Dual voltage hair dryer

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

The method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power adapter or on the unit itself, typically on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord sits. The location will depend on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box.

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

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Travel appliances that can connect to a Jamaican power outlet

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Mobile phones which work with the Jamaican power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a Jamaican power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Jamaica, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [20].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaica - Jamaica entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  8. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries.
  9. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  10. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  11. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  12. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  13. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  14. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  15. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  16. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  17. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet.
  18. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  19. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets