Tristan da Cunha power adapters - what plugs are used in Tristan da Cunha?

Tristanian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Tristan da Cunha will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Tristanian power outlet. If you're unsure of which voltage your device uses then read the section below about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Tristanian power outlet then you can use it in Tristan da Cunha.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Tristanian power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Tristan da Cunha such a Type G plug adapter [2]. Be aware that a plug adapter for Tristan da Cunha (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Tristan da Cunha, but won't convert the voltage from 240 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Tristan da Cunha to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Tristan da Cunha if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you choose to bring one which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Tristan da Cunha.

Warning: If your device won't handle 240 volts you run a risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your device in Tristan da Cunha please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Tristan da Cunha. This page has links to instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices in Tristan da Cunha by using the standard 240 volt 50Hz Type G Tristanian wall outlet, with the Tristanians using a 13 amp plug for power outlets. Most power sockets differ from country to country so we suggest reading the power adapters list for a complete list of countries. We suggest referring to the Tristan da Cunha Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area.

Tristan da Cunha power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for Tristan da Cunha?

This depends on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you wish to use in Tristan da Cunha. A US plug won't physically fit in a Tristanian power outlet therefore you will need to use a power adapter for Tristan da Cunha, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for Tristan da Cunha to prevent damage or overheating to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Tristan da Cunha?

The best power adapter for Tristan da Cunha is a Type G plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 240 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Tristan da Cunha?

Tristan da Cunha power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Tristan da Cunha?

The type of plug socket used in Tristan da Cunha is type G. The power supply (called a type G power outlet) looks like three vertical rectangular holes containing shutters in a triangle configuration.

What kind of outlets are in Tristan da Cunha?

What is the voltage in Tristan da Cunha?

The normal residential voltage in Tristan da Cunha is 240 volts.

Is the voltage in Tristan da Cunha the same as the US?

The voltage from a Tristanian power outlet is 240 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your American appliance or power charger doesn't support dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for Tristan da Cunha which can change the voltage from 240 volts to 120 volts.

Are outlets in Tristan da Cunha the same as in the US?

An American plug won't fit in a Tristanian power outlet so use a power adapter for Tristan da Cunha. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Tristan da Cunha and ensure that it works with 50hz.

What electrical frequency is used with a Tristanian power outlet?

The frequency from a Tristanian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Tristan da Cunha USB 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 travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Tristan da Cunha?

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel power adapter for Tristan da Cunha to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5].

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

What USB charger do I need for Tristan da Cunha?

Why use a travel USB charger for Tristan da Cunha?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 separate devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable when visiting other countries which will probably use a different standard to Tristan da Cunha.
  • A good USB power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace in Tristan da Cunha.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 240 volts used in Tristan da Cunha power outlets along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Tristan da Cunha only have one power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airport departure gates are often scarce and the demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and prevents damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Tristan da Cunha could prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to use low powered devices such as laptops, but these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances with a Tristanian power outlet for useful advice on the best power adapter for a high wattage appliances in a Tristanian power outlet.
  • Certain tablets and cell phones might pull more than the normal 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices need extra power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can also be useful by charging multiple mobile phones every night using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Tristan da Cunha?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Tristan da Cunha and over 150 countries around the world:

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

Power converters for Tristan da Cunha

What is the difference between a power adapter and a power converter for Tristan da Cunha?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power adapter and a power converter for Tristan da Cunha?

An expensive and heavy power converter [7] will convert the voltage of 240 volts from a Tristanian power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device, however a more lightweight and smaller power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in Tristan da Cunha.

Do I need a voltage converter for Tristan da Cunha?

If travelling to Tristan da Cunha from another country please ensure that the device can be charged using a 240 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v double check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it up.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are visiting Tristan da Cunha from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 240 volts.

Read the WikiConnections list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

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

Dual voltage hair straighteners

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

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

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

Travel appliances that can connect to a Tristanian power outlet

Clothes iron
clothes iron

Curling iron
curling iron

Hair dryer
hair dryer

Hair straighteners
hair straighteners

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Tristanian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Tristanian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can connect to the Tristanian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which work with the Tristanian power outlet

iPhone
iPhone

iPhone 3G
iPhone 3G

iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3GS

iPhone 4
iPhone 4

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S

iPhone 5
iPhone 5

iPhone 5C
iPhone 5C

iPhone 5S
iPhone 5S

iPhone 6
iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Tristanian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

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

Kindle Fire 1st generation
Kindle Fire 1st generation

Kindle Fire 2nd generation
Kindle Fire 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation

Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation

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

iPad
iPad

iPad 2
iPad 2

iPad 3
iPad 3

iPad 4
iPad 4

iPad Air
iPad Air

iPad Air 2
iPad Air 2

iPad Mini
iPad Mini

iPad Mini 2
iPad Mini 2

iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 4

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Helena,_Ascension_and_Tristan_da_Cunha - Tristan da Cunha country page on wikipedia.org.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage.
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  5. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  6. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter
  7. Power converter - A step up step down power converter transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  8. https://www.amazon.com/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451321648&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011%5Cc2888054011&rnid=2887998011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=A6EA2MIBWUPLQKJD - Step Down Voltage Converter
  9. International travel voltage converter - Travel voltage converters change the voltage of an electrical power supply by stepping up or stepping down the voltage and are often compact units which support both plug sockets and USB charging.