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?

You'll need to pack a Type G plug adapter [3] for The Ascension Islands if your plug won't fit in an Ascensionian Island power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting The Ascension Islands all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with an Ascensionian Island power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device uses then please read the section about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • 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 it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in an Ascensionian Island power outlet then you can use it in The Ascension Islands without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in an Ascensionian Island power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Ascension Islands such a Type G plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for The Ascension Islands (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The Ascension Islands, but doesn't change the voltage from 240 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't use 240 volts and isn't dual voltage 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'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for The Ascension Islands if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you want to power USB devices such as a mobile phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but ensure that you bring one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for The Ascension Islands.
  • An increase in use of a cellphone during a vacation can leave you with a flat battery quickly therefore you should bring a power bank [4] if you want to keep your mobile phone battery or other devices charged throughout the day whilst visiting an unfamiliar location.

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

The Ascension Islands power adapters

Power adapters for The Ascension Islands

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.

What is the best power adapter for The Ascension Islands?

The best power adapter for The Ascension Islands is 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 [5].

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 outlet used in The Ascension Islands is type G. The wall socket (technically called a type G power outlet) can be recognised by 3 rectangular slots forming a triangular configuration.

What plug sockets are used in The Ascension Islands?

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?

Use a step down power converter should you wish to use a 110 volt appliance in The Ascension Islands.

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.

Should I bring a portable charger to The Ascension Islands?

It is always recommended to bring a power bank to recharge cell phones whilst travelling.

  • The dependence on mobile phones for some is high and being without a mobile can leave them anxious, particularly when being relied upon when travelling. Whilst travelling increased reliance on mobile phones for taking photos, storing calendars, getting directions, social networks and playing games will drain the power before the end of the day. A flat cell phone battery could possibly leave you without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a satellite navigation app to find your way back to accommodation or hotel. Using a portable charger [4] eases those concerns as it means you can recharge your cell phone on the go.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [4] which can store enough power to cover around three full charges whilst a 20,000mAh power bank [9] should keep an average smart phone powered for roughly a week depending on the usage and model of the phone.
  • If your laptop has a USB-C charging port then a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of that laptop in The Ascension Islands. Before travelling please note that some airlines don't allow you take power banks on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must be kept in hand luggage only.
  • Average consumer portable chargers aren't designed for use with high powered items, although a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] can be used for travelling.
Should I bring a portable charger to The Ascension Islands?
Does a solar battery charger work in The Ascension Islands?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Does a solar battery charger work in The Ascension Islands?

The sunlight in The Ascension Islands will be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank [12] reliability, but will need to be left in strong daylight in order to produce adequate energy for a single charge. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the much larger solar panels used on a solar backpack [11] will give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time and could also generate power when cloudy, meaning they should perform well in The Ascension Islands.
  • A phone which has been plugged directly into the USB port of a backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny periods in The Ascension Islands, however could prove inconvenient to have the phone continually connected in the bag if it is to be needed frequently. A battery power bank [4] plugged in a solar backpack can be constantly recharged inside the bag during the day, afterwards the phone can be recharged using the power bank at any time without sunshine.
  • Even though the sunlight in The Ascension Islands is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate at least 6 watts of energy and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater. Unlike regular solid solar cells, the durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags have been made to survive bending and scratching. They are available in backpack, rucksack and messenger styles making them perfect for travel, domestic and work.

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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 [13]. 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 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] 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?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. This reduces the size and weight of your luggage by only needing to pack one USB wall charger rather than having to bring numerous different chargers along.
  • Travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them ideal when travelling to different countries which are likely to use different power outlets to The Ascension Islands.
  • Good travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace or repair in The Ascension Islands.
  • USB chargers can accept the 240 volt power outlets in The Ascension Islands along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that some hotels in The Ascension Islands might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often sparse and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers before a flight can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in The Ascension Islands might prove difficult and expensive.
  • Larger USB travel chargers also include a power outlet strip to plug in low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information see the section on using travel appliances in The Ascension Islands for helpful advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage devices in an Ascensionian Island power outlet.
  • Some cell phones might pull more than the usual 500 milliamps supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices draw additional power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can also be useful when returning home by charging multiple cell phones overnight using a single 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 [14] will transform a 240 volt Ascensionian Island power outlet to work with a non-240 volt appliance, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (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 [15] 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 [15] 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 [16] 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 [15] if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for The Ascension Islands?

To use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 240 volt Ascensionian Island power outlet you need to use a step down power converter [15].

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 [15] 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 [17].

  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. 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. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  8. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  9. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  10. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  11. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  12. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  13. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets