The Bahamas power adapters - what plugs are used in The Bahamas?

Bahamas power outlet

What adapter do I need for The Bahamas?

You need to bring a Type B plug adapter [3] to The Bahamas if the plug you wish to use won't fit in a Bahamas power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting The Bahamas all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Bahamas power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device can use then read the section below about how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • Please be aware that The Bahamas suffers from power cuts therefore you should bring a portable charger [4] if you need to keep your cellphone and other devices fully charged whilst travelling during a power cut.
  • If you're from the US travelling to The Bahamas all US appliances and devices should work without a power converter or power adapter. However it may be practical to bring along a USB travel power adapter as it will allow you to charge more than one device by only bringing a single power charger.
  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Bahamas power outlet then it can work in The Bahamas without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Bahamas power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Bahamas such a Type B plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for The Bahamas (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 Bahamas, but can't change the voltage from 120 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't use 120 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for The Bahamas to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Bahamas if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Bahamas.

Warning: If your device won't handle 120 volts you run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your device in The Bahamas read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

The Bahamas power adapters

Power adapters for The Bahamas

If you are organizing a trip to The Bahamas it can be useful to know if you can power all your indispensable electronics when you arrive. However, without knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong charger, meaning needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive charger on arrival. Complicated frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in The Bahamas. This page has links to simple instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you are travelling to The Bahamas using the standard B or A type Bahamas 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, a majority of Bahamians typically use Type B plug outlets. Most power is different depending on which area you are visiting so please read the list of World power adapters for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for The Bahamas?

The best power adapter for The Bahamas will be a Type B power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 120 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for The Bahamas?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for The Bahamas is a compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign country to correctly slot into a wall outlet in The Bahamas.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a Bahamas power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 120 volt Bahamas power outlet and doesn't convert to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use any 220-240 volt appliance then you will also need a step up power converter for The Bahamas along with the right adapter.

Do I need a power adapter in The Bahamas?

This will depend on the shape of plug you are using and the country you are travelling from.

Will I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting The Bahamas from the US?

An American plug won't require a plug adapter as it already fits into a Bahamas power outlet.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for The Bahamas allows a visitor travelling from a different location to use their electronic and electrical appliances in The Bahamas simply by altering the shape of the plug from one shape to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for The Bahamas?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for The Bahamas?

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.

The Bahamas power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in The Bahamas?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in The Bahamas?

There are two different types of power supply used in The Bahamas, types B and A with the primary power supply being type B:

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the wall socket by the 2 thin adjacent slots.
  • Plug Type B - The wall outlet, technically called a type B power outlet, can be recognised by the 2 slots parallel to each other with a single semicircular hole below for the long earth pin.

Do US plugs work in The Bahamas?

Yes, a US plug will work with a Bahamas power outlet and doesn't need a power converter or power adapter.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in The Bahamas?

Use a step up power converter if you wish to bring a 220 volt appliance to The Bahamas.

Is a plug socket in The Bahamas the same as the US?

A US plug will fit into outlets in The Bahamas, both the voltage range and frequency are the identical to America.

Is an electrical power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for The Bahamas?

The Caribbean

Is an electrical power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for The Bahamas?

Different islands in The Caribbean use different voltages and power outlet types, a plug that could be used in The Bahamas might not operate correctly in a power outlet on another island. When travelling to more than one country in The Caribbean you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [6] containing every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [7] as both these options make sure that you are covered for most different power outlet types that you may encounter.

Because different islands in The Caribbean use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, a plug which is used in The Bahamas might not function correctly with an electric outlet on another island. When preparing to travel read these pages for further instructions on what you can expect for every island in the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Tobago, Trinidad and US Virgin Islands.

Is the voltage in The Bahamas the same as in the US?

The voltage in The Bahamas is 120V, the same as the US.

What frequency is used in The Bahamas?

The frequency found in a Bahamas power outlet is 60Hz.

Does The Bahamas have many power outages?

Every week in parts of The Bahamas power outages are reported.

What is access to electrical power like in The Bahamas?

The Bahamas has 100% access to electrical power throughout the country.

Do I need a portable charger for The Bahamas?

Due to problems with the stability of electricity in The Bahamas travellers should use alternate charging options if they want to continue using devices such as mobile phones dependably.

  • During a trip increased use of cell phones for storing calendars, taking photos, GPS, social networks and streaming videos will syphon off power before the end of the day. Beyond the simple missing photograph opportunities this can potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use a sat nav app to find your way back to accommodation. Packing a portable charger [4] for The Bahamas lowers that risk as it allows you to keep your smart phone fully powered on the go, especially when travelling to a country with regular power outages.
  • A 10,000mAh portable charger [4] can supply enough electricity to cover over three full charges whilst a 20,000mAh power bank [11] should keep a typical cell phone powered for up to seven days.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop with a portable charger in The Bahamas and your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then use a portable charger for a laptop [12] marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying 20 Wh or more. Be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Average consumer portable chargers aren't powerful enough for use with high wattage items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [9] or gas hair straighteners [10] are designed for travelling to countries with regular power cuts such as The Bahamas.
Do I need a portable charger for The Bahamas?
Will a solar battery charger work in The Bahamas?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Will a solar battery charger work in The Bahamas?

The climate in The Bahamas will be suitable enough to charge solar power bank [14] dependably, however it needs to be exposed to strong sunlight to produce suitable power for a single charge. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the bigger solar cells found on a solar backpack [13] give the backpack the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time, meaning they should perform well in The Bahamas.
  • A phone which has been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a backpack should gradually recharge the battery during sunny spells in The Bahamas, but this could be inconvenient to have the phone continually connected in the bag if it is to be needed constantly. Unlike a handheld solar power bank which requires unpacking facing sunlight, a backback with solar panels is continuously exposed to daylight therefore can be powering up a regular power bank [4] during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in The Bahamas is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. The durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags are made to survive scratches and bending, unlike regular solid solar panels. Solar bags are available in backpack, rucksack and messenger styles which makes them ideal for domestic, work and travel use.

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

The Bahamas 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 Bahamas?

When you are travelling with more than one device the best international travel charger for The Bahamas to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [15]. There are two types of power outlets that Bahamians use (B and A) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Because you are only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for an adaptable travel adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [15] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for The Bahamas?

Why use a travel USB charger for The Bahamas?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. It helps reduce the size and weight of your baggage by only packing one USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple power chargers with you.
  • All travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them perfect if visiting multiple countries which will probably use a different outlet to The Bahamas.
  • Good USB travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in The Bahamas.
  • USB travel chargers will accept both the 120 volts used in The Bahamas power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that hotels in The Bahamas might only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share 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 worry out of visiting an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often scarce and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in The Bahamas might prove difficult and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage devices such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information read the guide on using travel appliances in The Bahamas for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter to use with a Bahamas power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive USB travel chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices draw additional power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can also be useful when returning home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for The Bahamas?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both The Bahamas and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting The Bahamas.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting The Bahamas.

Power converters for The Bahamas

What does a power converter for a Bahamas power outlet do?

Power converters for The Bahamas enable you to use a 220-240 volt electrical appliance with a 120 volt Bahamas 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?

An expensive and bulky power converter [16] transforms the voltage of 120 volts from a Bahamas power outlet to work with a non-120 volt appliance, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in The Bahamas.

Do I need a power converter for The Bahamas?

If travelling to The Bahamas from a different country please ensure your device can accept a 120 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [17] if you are travelling to The Bahamas from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 120 volts. Read 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 already use either a 120 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (such as 220 volts) and then used in a 120 volt power outlet can take longer to charge or simply won't turn on. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to The Bahamas from a different region check that it will work with a 120 volt Bahamas power outlet otherwise you will need to use a step up power converter [17].
  • You won't need a power converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example curling irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [18] to allow it to be used with a 120 volt Bahamas power outlet.
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance might be more cost effective and practical than bringing a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in The Bahamas.
  • For more information read these guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hair dryers and flat irons with a Bahamas power outlet which includes advice on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to The Bahamas from the US?

You won't need to use a power converter because the voltage in The Bahamas is in the same 100-120 volt range as the US.

What converter do I need for The Bahamas?

If you wish to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance with a 120 volt Bahamas power outlet you need to use a step up power converter [17].

How to convert 120 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [17] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 120 volt Bahamas 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 Bahamas before plugging that into a Bahamas 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 from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 120 volt Bahamas power outlet.

What voltage is used in The Bahamas?

The Bahamas uses 120 volts in their power outlets.

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.
What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if a device is dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the charger or on the device itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your appliance, it could also be written in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • 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 typically say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

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Travel appliances which can connect to a Bahamas power outlet

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Mobile phones that work with the Bahamas power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with the Bahamas power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting The Bahamas, 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 [20].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahamas - Bahamas country entry on wikipedia.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B 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. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  7. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries.
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  9. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  10. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  11. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  12. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  13. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  14. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  15. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  16. 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.
  17. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets