Saint Martin power adapters - what plugs are used in Saint Martin?

St Martins power outlet

What adapter do I need for Saint Martin?

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Saint Martin all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a St Martins power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device can use then read the section on how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you are travelling to Saint Martin from America then you will need to bring a power adapter to fit a US plug into a St Martins power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Saint Martin pack a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a St Martins power outlet then it can work in Saint Martin without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a St Martins power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Saint Martin such a Type F plug adapter [6]. A plug adapter for Saint Martin (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Saint Martin, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Saint Martin to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Saint Martin if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you need to power one or more USB devices such as a cell phone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Saint Martin.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 230 volts used in Saint Martin you run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in Saint Martin read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

If you are packing for a vacation it can be useful to know in advance if you can power your important devices when you're there. However without knowing which power supply is used you could end up either bringing too many spare adaptors or pack the wrong charger, leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you get there. Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can often be confusing when planning to visit another country especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Saint Martin. This page has links to useful instructions showing you exactly how to power your devices when travelling to Saint Martin by using the standard types F or C St Martins 230 volt 60Hz plug outlets, a majority of Saint Martins use Type F sockets in their plug outlets. Most power sockets will vary regionally so please read the World power adapters page for a full list of countries. We suggest referring to the Saint Martin Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the location.

Saint Martin power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Saint Martin?

The best power adapter for Saint Martin will be a Type F power adapter [6] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Saint Martin?

What is a power adapter for St Martins power outlet?

A power adapter for Saint Martin is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits a St Martins power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another country.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [7].

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Saint Martin?

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt St Martins power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt device then you will also need a step down power converter along with the correct power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for Saint Martin?

This depends on the shape of plug you want to use in Saint Martin.

Will I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Saint Martin from America?

If you are visiting from the US then you will need to bring a plug adapter for Saint Martin because a US plug won't physically fit in a St Martins power outlet, and as the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Saint Martin to prevent damage or overheating to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter for Saint Martin do?

A power adapter for Saint Martin allows visitors from a different country to use electronic and electrical devices in Saint Martin by adapting the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Saint Martin?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Saint Martin?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Saint Martin power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Saint Martin?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Saint Martin?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Saint Martin, types F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this power outlet by 2 holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify this wall outlet by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other and grounding clips above and below.

What is the voltage from a St Martins power outlet?

The standard residential voltage used from a St Martins power outlet is 230 volts.

Do US plugs work in Saint Martin?

No; a US plug won't work in Saint Martin because it doesn't fit in a St Martins power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. Also the voltage is different therefore you will also need to use a power converter if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Saint Martin?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Saint Martin.

Is the voltage in Saint Martin the same as the US?

The voltage from a St Martins power outlet is 230 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 Saint Martin which can change the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

What electrical frequency is used with a St Martins power outlet?

The frequency from a St Martins power outlet is 60 Hz.

Is an electrical outlet in Saint Martin the same as the US?

American plugs won't fit in a St Martins power outlet so use a power adapter for Saint Martin. The frequency is the same in the US however the voltage is different so you will need to use a power converter for Saint Martin if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

Saint Martin 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 Saint Martin?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for Saint Martin to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Saint Martins use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your model of device can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Saint Martin. Only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for a flexible power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Saint Martin?

Why use a travel USB charger for Saint Martin?

  • 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 Saint Martin.
  • 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 Saint Martin.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in Saint Martin power outlets along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Saint Martin 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 Saint Martin 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 St Martins power outlet for useful advice on the best power adapter for a high wattage appliances in a St Martins 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 Saint Martin?

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 Saint Martin 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 Saint Martin.
  • 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 Saint Martin.

Power converters for Saint Martin

What does a power converter for a St Martins power outlet do?

A power converter enables you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt St Martins power outlet.

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

What is the difference between a power adapter and a power converter for Saint Martin?

An expensive and heavy power converter [10] will convert the voltage of 230 volts from a St Martins power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, however a more lightweight and smaller power adapter [9] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in Saint Martin.

Do I need a power converter for Saint Martin?

When you are travelling to Saint Martin from another region please ensure the device can be charged using a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [11] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device is incompatible with 230 volts. See the world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are already using either a 230 volt single voltage appliance or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which are designed to use a lower voltage (for example 120 volts) and used in a 230 volt outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless you use a step down power converter [11].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as clothes irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [12].
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than carrying a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our guides on using clothes irons, curling wands, hair straighteners and blow dryers with a St Martins power outlet , along with advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Saint Martin if I'm visiting from the US?

The voltage from a plug outlet in Saint Martin is different to a 110 volt US outlet so use a step down power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Saint Martin?

To use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in a 230 volt St Martins power outlet you need a step down power converter [11].

What voltage is used in Saint Martin?

Saint Martin uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [11] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt St Martins 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 Saint Martin before plugging that into a St Martins 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 a 230 volt St Martins power outlet.
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 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.

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Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Saint Martin, 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 [13].

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Martin - Saint Martin country page on wikipedia.org.
  2. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  3. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel.
  4. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel.
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  6. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets