The Ascension Islands power adapters - what plugs are used in The Ascension Islands?

Ascensionian Island power outlet

What adapter do I need for The Ascension Islands?

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting The Ascension Islands all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with an Ascensionian Island power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device can use then read the section about how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • If you are planning on travelling to The Ascension Islands from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in an Ascensionian Island power outlet. Because the voltage is different in The Ascension Islands you will also need to bring a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in an Ascensionian Island power outlet then you can use it in The Ascension Islands.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in an Ascensionian Island power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for The Ascension Islands such a Type G plug adapter [3]. Be aware that a plug adapter for The Ascension Islands (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The Ascension Islands, but can't change the voltage from 240 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for The Ascension Islands to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for The Ascension Islands if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you want to bring USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you choose one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Ascension Islands.

Warning: If your device won't handle 240 volts you run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before attempting to use your device in The Ascension Islands check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Various combinations of standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in The Ascension Islands. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions showing exactly how to supply power to your devices when staying in The Ascension Islands using a standard 240 volt 50Hz G Type wall outlet, the Ascensionians will use a 13 amp plug for power outlets. Most power changes depending on which area you are in so please read the power adapters for a full list of regions and countries. We also suggest referring to the The Ascension Islands Wikipedia page [1] for more details prior to visiting the location.

The Ascension Islands power adapters

What is the best power adapter for The Ascension Islands?

The best power adapter for The Ascension Islands will be a Type G power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 240 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for The Ascension Islands?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and cheap plastic adapters which allow a power plug on an appliance from a different region to correctly fit into an electic outlet in The Ascension Islands.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [4].

Can a power adapter convert the voltage in The Ascension Islands?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Ascensionian Island power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device you also need to bring a step down power converter for The Ascension Islands along with the right adapter.

Do I need a power adapter in The Ascension Islands?

If the power outlet in your home country is different to the shape of the power outlet in The Ascension Islands then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a power adapter for The Ascension Islands if I'm visiting from America?

If you are visiting from America you will need to use a plug adapter for The Ascension Islands because American plugs won't physically fit in an Ascensionian Island power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for The Ascension Islands if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from another location to use electronic appliances in The Ascension Islands by changing the shape of the plug to fit the power socket.

The Ascension Islands power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in The Ascension Islands?

The type of power socket used in The Ascension Islands is type G. This power socket, also known as a type G power outlet, can be identified by 3 vertical slots containing shutters forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.

What plug sockets are used in The Ascension Islands?

What voltage is used in an Ascensionian Island power outlet?

The normal residential voltage from an Ascensionian Island power outlet is 240 volts.

Do US plugs work in The Ascension Islands?

No - a US plug won't work in The Ascension Islands because it can't fit into an Ascensionian Island power outlet without the use of a power adapter. The voltage is different so you need to use a power converter for The Ascension Islands if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

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

The voltage which comes from an Ascensionian Island power outlet is 240 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. If your American appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you need a suitable power converter for an Ascensionian Island power outlet which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 220-240 volt outlet.

Are Ascensionian Island power outlets the same as in the US?

US plugs won't fit in an Ascensionian Island power outlet so you will need to use a power adapter for The Ascension Islands. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage use a power converter for The Ascension Islands and check that it works with a 50hz power supply.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in The Ascension Islands?

To use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in an Ascensionian Island power outlet you will need to bring a step down power converter.

What is the electrical frequency used in an Ascensionian Island power outlet?

The frequency of the current used in an Ascensionian Island power outlet is 50 Hz.

The Ascension 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 Ascension Islands?

When travelling with more than one device or visiting more than one country the best travel charger for The Ascension Islands is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your device can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters or using up additional power sockets. Only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being suitable for charging your devices at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for The Ascension Islands?

Why use a travel USB charger for The Ascension Islands?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Travel USB chargers will include interchangeable plug heads for different countries. This is suitable if visiting different countries across Africa which will probably use a different outlet to The Ascension Islands.
  • A good charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; perfect for rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to replace in The Ascension Islands.
  • USB travel chargers will accept both the 240 volts used in The Ascension Islands power outlets plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in The Ascension Islands only have a single wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure gates can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone in The Ascension Islands could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also feature power outlet strips to allow you to power multiple low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our guide on using travel appliances with an Ascensionian Island power outlet for guidelines and advice on the best power adapter to use with an Ascensionian Island power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cell phones could require more than the standard 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium model USB chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every night using only one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for The Ascension Islands?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 adapter for travellers originating from America going to The Ascension Islands.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting The Ascension Islands.

Power converters for The Ascension Islands

What is a power converter?

A power converter allows you to use a 100-120 volt electric appliance with a 240 volt Ascensionian Island power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for The Ascension Islands?

An expensive and heavy power converter [8] will transform a 240 volt Ascensionian Island power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device, however a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in The Ascension Islands.

Do I need a power converter for The Ascension Islands?

When travelling to The Ascension Islands from a different country please ensure your device can be charged using a 240 volt power supply.

  • You need a step down power converter [9] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 240 volts. See our list of world power outlets page to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage appliance that works with 240 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed to use a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and used in a 240 volt power outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [9] is used.
  • You don't need a converter if you are attempting to charge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10] to allow it to be used with a 240 volt Ascensionian Island power outlet.
  • Purchasing a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than investing in a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance in The Ascension Islands.
  • Read these travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hair straighteners and hairdryers in Ascensionian Island power outlets which includes recommendations on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a power outlet in The Ascension Islands is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore use a step down power converter [9] if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for The Ascension Islands?

If you wish to use any 100-120 volt appliance with a 240 volt Ascensionian Island power outlet you will need to buy a step down power converter [9].

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

Voltage converter

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

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

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

How to convert 240 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [9] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 240 volt Ascensionian Island 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 Ascension Islands before plugging that into an Ascensionian Island 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 an 240 volt Ascensionian Island power outlet.

What voltage does The Ascension Islands use?

The Ascension Islands uses 240 volts in their power outlets.

How to tell the voltage of your device

Single voltage hair straighteners

How to tell the voltage of your device

One method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the charger or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord plugs into. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your unit and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

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

What can I connect to an Ascensionian Island power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to an Ascensionian Island power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Ascensionian Island power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Ascensionian Island power outlet

Mobile phones that work with an Ascensionian Island power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with an Ascensionian Island power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with an Ascensionian Island power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Ascensionian Island power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Ascensionian Island power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting The Ascension 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 [11].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Helena,_Ascension_and_Tristan_da_Cunha - Ascensionian Island country Wiki page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  6. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets