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

St Martins power outlet

Summary

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 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 [5]. 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

Do I need a power adapter for Saint Martin?

This depends on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you are attempting to use. If you are visiting from America use a power adapter for Saint Martin as American plugs won't fit into a St Martins power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for Saint Martin if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Saint Martin?

The best power adapter for Saint Martin will be a Type F power adapter [5] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Saint Martin?

Saint Martin power outlets

What type of outlets are in Saint Martin?

There are two 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 identify this wall supply by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - This round wall supply can be identified by two large circular adjacent holes along with two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
What type of outlets are in Saint Martin?

What is the voltage in Saint Martin?

The normal residential voltage in Saint Martin is 230 volts.

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [9] 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 [8] (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 voltage converter for Saint Martin?

If travelling to Saint Martin from another country please make sure that your device can be used with a 230v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to prevent the device from being damaged during charging.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are visiting Saint Martin from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

See the 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 St Martins 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 St Martins power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a St Martins power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can connect to the St Martins power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which work with the St Martins 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 St Martins power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a St Martins 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 St Martins 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

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. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.