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

Bahamas power outlet

Summary

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 use 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.

  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Bahamas power outlet then you can use it 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 [2]. A plug adapter for The Bahamas (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The Bahamas, but isn't designed to 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 along a suitable plug adapter for The Bahamas if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power one or more USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, but 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 along 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 please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

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. We recommend reading the The Bahamas Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information on the area.

The Bahamas power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in The Bahamas?

This depends on the shape of plug you wish to use and the country you are travelling from. An American plug does not require a plug adapter as it already fits into a Bahamas power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for The Bahamas?

The best power adapter for The Bahamas will be a Type B power adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 120 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for The Bahamas?

The Bahamas power outlets

What kind of outlets are in The Bahamas?

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

  • Plug Type A - The wall supply, technically called a type A power outlet, can be recognised by the 2 adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise this power socket by two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the earthed pin.
What kind of outlets are in The Bahamas?

What is the voltage in The Bahamas?

The residential voltage used in The Bahamas is 120 volts.

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 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.

The Bahamas 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 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 [5]. 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 iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] 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?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only needing to pack a single USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple individual power chargers along.
  • Travel USB power chargers include interchangeable plug heads for various power outlet types. This is suitable if visiting different countries across North America which will probably use different standards to The Bahamas.
  • Good travel power chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to replace in The Bahamas.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 120 volts used in The Bahamas power outlets and different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in The Bahamas only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile 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 found in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good travel charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in The Bahamas could prove inconvenient and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to allow you to use low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Bahamas power outlet for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage devices in a Bahamas power outlet.
  • Some tablets and mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a normal 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 need additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only a single 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 is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in The Bahamas, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] converts a 120 volt Bahamas power outlet to work with a non-120 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for The Bahamas?

When travelling to The Bahamas from a different country ensure that your device can be used with a 120 volt supply.

  • If your device does not power up or charges slowly when you are visiting The Bahamas from another country please check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) can take longer to charge or won't power up, check the device is dual-voltage (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to ensure safe and proper use when powering devices.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are traveling to The Bahamas from a higher 230 volt country you will need to use a much bulkier Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

See the WikiConnections world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

What voltage is my device?

Single voltage hair dryer

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 diffence) 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.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Bahamas 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 Bahamas power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Bahamas power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that work with the Bahamas power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with the Bahamas 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 can connect to a Bahamas power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

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

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahamas - Bahamas country entry on wikipedia.
  2. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B power outlets without converting voltage.
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  5. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. https://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451325551&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=HWUDRS5BKFQ75ACA - Step Up Voltage Converter
  9. 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.