The US Virgin Islands power adapters - what plugs are used in The US Virgin Islands?

Virgin Islands power outlet

What adapter do I need for The US Virgin Islands?

You'll need to use a Type B plug adapter [3] for The US Virgin Islands if your plug doesn't fit in a Virgin Islands power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting The US Virgin Islands all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Virgin Islands power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If you are from America and travelling to The US Virgin Islands you will not need a power converter or a plug adapter. One suggestion however is to pack a multiple USB travel power adapter as it will allow you to power more than one device with only a single charger.
  • If your device can run on 110 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Virgin Islands power outlet then you can use it in The US Virgin Islands.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Virgin Islands power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The US Virgin Islands such a Type B plug adapter [3]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for The US Virgin Islands (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The US Virgin Islands, but but is unable to change the voltage from 110 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 110 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for The US Virgin Islands to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for The US Virgin Islands if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you need to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a cell phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring one which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for The US Virgin Islands.
  • An increase in use of a phone during a vacation to The US Virgin Islands can put an additional demand on the battery, it is practical to pack a portable charger [4] if you need to keep your phone or other devices charged throughout the day whilst travelling to an unknown country.

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

The US Virgin Islands power adapters

Power adapters for The US Virgin Islands

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in The US Virgin Islands. This page contains links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in The US Virgin Islands by using their Type B or A Virgin Islands 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets. You'll discover power will change depending on which region you are visiting so please read the World power adapters page for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for The US Virgin Islands?

The best power adapter for The US Virgin Islands is a Type B plug adapter [3] which allows you to use any 110 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for The US Virgin Islands?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a compact and cheap plastic adapter that allows an electrical socket in The US Virgin Islands to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another region.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in The US Virgin Islands?

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt Virgin Islands power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use a 220, 230 or 240 volt device then you will also need to bring a step up power converter for The US Virgin Islands.

Do I need a plug adapter in The US Virgin Islands?

If the shape of the Virgin Islands power outlet isn't the same as the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for The US Virgin Islands if I'm visiting from America?

An American plug does not require a plug adapter as it will already fit into a Virgin Islands power outlet.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for a Virgin Islands power outlet enables a visitor from a different location to use their electrical devices in The US Virgin Islands by adapting the shape of the power plug to fit the wall socket.

The US Virgin Islands power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in The US Virgin Islands?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in The US Virgin Islands?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can identify the plug socket by two thin slots adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify this power socket by the 2 slots for live and neutral blades with a semicircular shaped hole below for the earthed pin.

Do US plugs work in The US Virgin Islands?

Yes, a US plug will work in The US Virgin Islands so won't need a power adapter or a power converter.

Is the voltage in The US Virgin Islands the same as in the US?

The voltage from a Virgin Islands power outlet is 110 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. Although these are similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your American charger or appliance supports voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it can handle dual voltage.

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

The Caribbean

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

Various countries in The Caribbean use different voltages and power outlet types, a plug that works with a Virgin Islands power outlet might not function or fit in an electrical outlet on another island. When travelling to more than one island in The Caribbean you should either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [6] which contains different types of power adapters, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter [7] as both these options make sure that you're covered for most different power outlet types that you might encounter on each island.

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

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in The US Virgin Islands?

Use a step up power converter should you wish to bring a 220, 230 or 240V appliance to The US Virgin Islands.

Is an outlet in The US Virgin Islands the same as the US?

An American plug will fit into a Virgin Islands power outlet, both the frequency and voltage range are the identical to the US.

What is the frequency used with a Virgin Islands power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Virgin Islands power outlet is 60 Hz.

Should I pack a portable charger for The US Virgin Islands?

USB power bank for charging phones

Should I pack a portable charger for The US Virgin Islands?

It is always advised to pack a portable charger to recharge mobiles and other devices whilst on a trip.

  • Whilst travelling to The US Virgin Islands increased reliance on smart phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, getting directions, social network sharing and streaming videos could drain the batteries towards the end of the day. As well as the simple missed photograph opportunities this could potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make an emergency call or being able to use satellite navigation to get directions to your hotel.
  • Using a power bank [4] in The US Virgin Islands lowers that risk as it allows you to keep your cell phone powered without using a Virgin Islands power outlet.
  • A 10,000mAh power bank [4] will supply enough electricity to cover around three full charges and a 20,000mAh power bank [11] should keep an average cell phone powered for almost a week depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • If you want to charge your laptop with a power bank in The US Virgin Islands and your laptop has a USB-C charging port then look for a portable charger for a laptop [12] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20 Wh or more.
  • Before travelling 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.
  • Average consumer power banks aren't powerful enough for high powered items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [9] or gas hair straighteners [10] are designed for travelling.
Will a solar charger work in The US Virgin Islands?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Will a solar charger work in The US Virgin Islands?

The sunlight in The US Virgin Islands will be adequate enough to charge solar power bank [14] reliability, however it will need to be left in strong sunshine to provide suitable power for a single charge. This may prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the bigger panels used on a solar backpack [13] will give the backpack the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the weather in The US Virgin Islands.
  • Phones that have been plugged directly into the USB charging port of a solar backpack should gradually top up the power during sunny spells in The US Virgin Islands, but this could prove inconvenient to have it continually tethered in the bag if it is to be needed constantly. A solar powered backpack is continuously exposed to light therefore will be powering up a regular power bank throughout the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank which needs unpacking and facing the sunlight.
  • Even though the climate in The US Virgin Islands is suitable, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and can be used with a power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • Unlike normal firm solar cells, the durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags are designed to survive bending and scratching. Solar bags come in backpack, rucksack and messenger styles which makes them ideal for domestic, work and travel.

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The US Virgin Islands 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 US Virgin Islands?

If you are travelling with more than just one device then the best travel charger for The US Virgin Islands to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [15]. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Virgin Islanders use (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. This will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [15] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for The US Virgin Islands?

Why use a travel USB charger for The US Virgin Islands?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. This reduces the size and weight of your baggage by only needing to pack a single USB wall charger rather than having to bring several power chargers along.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is perfect when travelling to multiple countries which will probably use a different standard to The US Virgin Islands.
  • Good USB travel power chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight; perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair in The US Virgin Islands.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 110 volts used in The US Virgin Islands power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that hotels in The US Virgin Islands only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers before a flight can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in The US Virgin Islands might prove to be difficult and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB chargers will also include power outlet strips to use multiple low wattage devices such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our section on using travel appliances with a Virgin Islands power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Virgin Islands power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Certain cell phones and tablets might pull more than the normal 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB travel chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices need extra power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can also be useful when returning home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every night using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for The US Virgin Islands?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both The US Virgin Islands 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to The US Virgin Islands 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 and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting The US Virgin Islands.

Power converters for The US Virgin Islands

What does a power converter for The US Virgin Islands do?

Power converters for The US Virgin Islands allow you to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt electrical device with a 110 volt Virgin Islands 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 US Virgin Islands?

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

Do I need a power converter for The US Virgin Islands?

When travelling to The US Virgin Islands from another country check your device can be charged using a 110 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [17] if you are travelling to The US Virgin Islands from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance or device won't support 110 volts. See the list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a 110 volt device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage (such as 230 volts) and used with 110 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on. If your device charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to The US Virgin Islands from a different region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power outlet or you will need a step up power converter [17].
  • You won't need a power converter if you are attempting to charge a smaller electrical device such as a laptop as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [18].
  • It should be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier high wattage power converter to The US Virgin Islands just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our comprehensive travel guides on using clothes irons, curling wands, hair straighteners and blow dryers in The US Virgin Islands which includes recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for The US Virgin Islands if I'm from the US?

You won't need to use a power converter as the voltage from a Virgin Islands power outlet is in the same 100-120V range as the US.

What converter do I need for The US Virgin Islands?

You need a step up power converter [17] in order to use any 220-240 volt appliance with a 110 volt Virgin Islands power outlet.

What voltage is used in The US Virgin Islands?

The US Virgin Islands uses 110 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 110 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [17] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 110 volt Virgin Islands 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 US Virgin Islands before plugging that into a Virgin Islands 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 Virgin Islands power outlet.
What is the difference between a power converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a power 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 my device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my device?

The easiest way to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power adapter or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your appliance, it should 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 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to a Virgin Islands power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Virgin Islands power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Virgin Islands power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Virgin Islands power outlet

Mobile phones which can connect to a Virgin Islands power outlet

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Virgin Islands power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Virgin Islands power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting The US Virgin Islands, 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/US_Virgin_Islands - Virgin Islands wikipedia page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  7. 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.
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  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