Barbados power adapters - what plugs are used in Barbados?

Barbadian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Barbados all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Barbadian power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • If your device is 115 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Barbadian power outlet then you can use it in Barbados.
  • If your device can run on 115 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Barbadian power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Barbados such a Type B plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Barbados (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Barbados, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 115 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 115 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Barbados to convert the voltage from 115 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Barbados if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you need to power your USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Barbados.

Warning: If your device won't handle 115 volts you run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Prior to using your device in Barbados read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

When planning a trip to Barbados it's helpful to know if you'll be able to use all your common devices that you'll be bringing with you. By not knowing which wall socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you having to buy a suitable adaptor when you're there which might be incompatible. Differing frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning to visit a different country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Barbados. This page has links to instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're travelling to Barbados using their B or A type 115 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type B power outlets are used by most Bajans. Most power adapters change from country to country therefore we suggest that you read our Wiki Connections global power adapters list for a full list showing countries. We also recommend reading the Barbados Wikipedia page [1] for more information on visiting the area.

Barbados power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for Barbados?

This depends on the country you are travelling from and the shape of plug you wish to use in Barbados. A US plug will not require a power adapter because it can already fit into a Barbadian power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for Barbados?

The best power adapter for Barbados will be a Type B plug adapter [2] which allows you to use any 115 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Barbados?

Barbados power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Barbados?

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

  • Plug Type A - The plug socket, technically known as a type A power outlet, is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify this power supply by 2 slots with a hole below for the ground pin.
What kind of outlets are in Barbados?

What is the voltage in Barbados?

The standard residential voltage used in Barbados is 115 volts.

Is the voltage in Barbados the same as the US?

The voltage from a Barbadian power outlet is 115 volts, whereas Americans use 120 volts. Although these are similar check the voltage on your US charger or appliance can handle voltage fluctuations between 100 to 127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

Is a Barbadian power outlet the same as the US?

An American plug will fit into a Barbadian power outlet, the voltage is within the 100-128 volt range used in the US however the frequency is different so ensure that your appliance works with 50hz.

What electrical frequency is used with a Barbadian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current found in a Barbadian power outlet is 50Hz.

Barbados 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 Barbados?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Barbados is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Bajans use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers and support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Barbados or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your devices at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel regularly we recommend searching for a flexible travel charger like this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

What USB charger do I need for Barbados?

Why use a travel USB charger for Barbados?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only packing a single USB wall charger rather than bringing numerous chargers.
  • Most travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types making them suitable when visiting other countries which will probably use different standards to Barbados.
  • Good chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to repair in Barbados.
  • USB chargers will accept the 115 volt power outlets in Barbados and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that hotel rooms in Barbados only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out 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 an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be sparse 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.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Barbados could prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in multiple low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, howeverthese will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances with a Barbadian power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Barbadian power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Some cell phones and tablets could require more than the normal 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices require additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB chargers can also be useful by charging multiple mobile phones every day using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Barbados?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, 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 is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Barbados and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Barbados.
  • 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 is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 Barbados.

Power converters for Barbados

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Barbados, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] will convert the voltage of 115 volts from a Barbadian power outlet to work with a non-115 volt appliance.

Do I need a voltage converter for Barbados?

If visiting Barbados from another region please make sure the device can accept a 115 volt supply.

  • If your device does not power up or charges slowly when visiting Barbados from another region then check that it is compatible with a 115 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the device is a dual voltage device (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise 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 visiting Barbados from a higher 230 volt country you will need to use a much larger Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 115 volts.

Read the WikiConnections list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my appliance?

The easiest method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug or on the unit itself, typically near to where the power cord plugs into. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also state in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (20 volts diffence) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Barbadian 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 Barbadian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Barbadian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to a Barbadian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can connect to a Barbadian 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 Barbadian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Barbadian 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 Barbadian 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/Barbados - Wikipedia entry about Barbados.
  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.