The British Virgin Islands power adapters - what plugs are used in The British Virgin Islands?

British Virgin Islands power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting The British Virgin Islands all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a British Virgin Islands power outlet. If you're unsure of which voltage your device uses then please read the section below about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 110 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a British Virgin Islands power outlet then you can use it in The British Virgin Islands without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a British Virgin Islands power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for The British Virgin Islands such a Type B plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for The British Virgin Islands (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The British Virgin Islands, but doesn't convert the voltage from 110 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 110 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for The British Virgin Islands to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for The British Virgin Islands if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you only want to recharge one or more USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you bring one which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for The British Virgin Islands.

Warning: If your device won't handle 110 volts you run a risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your device in The British Virgin Islands please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Complicated frequencies and standards can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in The British Virgin Islands. This page has links to instructions which shows how to power your devices when staying in The British Virgin Islands by using the standard Type B or A 110 volt 60Hz power outlets. Most power sockets are different depending on which country you are in therefore please read the power adapters page for a complete list of countries. We suggest reading the The British Virgin Islands Wikipedia page [1] for more information.

The British Virgin Islands power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for The British Virgin Islands?

It will depend on which country you are travelling from and the shape of plug you wish to use. A US plug does not need an adapter as it already fits into a British Virgin Islands power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for The British Virgin Islands?

The best power adapter for The British Virgin Islands is a Type B power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 110 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for The British Virgin Islands?

The British Virgin Islands power outlets

What type of outlets are in The British Virgin Islands?

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

  • Plug Type A - The plug socket (called the type A power outlet) can be identified by the 2 adjacent slots next to each other.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify this wall supply by two thin slots adjacent to each other where the short live and neutral plug socket blades slide into with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the ground pin.
What type of outlets are in The British Virgin Islands?

What is the voltage in The British Virgin Islands?

The common voltage in The British Virgin Islands is 110 volts.

Is the voltage in The British Virgin Islands the same as the US?

The voltage in The British Virgin Islands is 110 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. Although these are similar check the voltage on your US appliance or charger supports a voltage range between 100-127 volts or that it can support dual voltage.

What electrical frequency is used in The British Virgin Islands?

The frequency of the current from a British Virgin Islands power outlet is 60Hz.

Are British Virgin Islands power outlets the same as the US?

An American plug will fit into a British Virgin Islands power outlet, the frequency and voltage range are both the same as in America.

The British Virgin Islands 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 British Virgin Islands?

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel power adapter for The British Virgin Islands to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two types of plug sockets that British Virgin Islanders use (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs. If your device supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to The British Virgin Islands. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your devices at an airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online - the power charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for The British Virgin Islands?

Why use a travel USB charger for The British Virgin Islands?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only bringing one USB wall charger instead of having to bring several individual chargers.
  • Most travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various regions thereby making them perfect when visiting other countries which are likely to use a different outlet to The British Virgin Islands.
  • Good chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be impossible to replace in The British Virgin Islands.
  • USB chargers will accept the 110 volt power outlets in The British Virgin Islands plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in The British Virgin Islands only have one power outlet, by bringing 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.
  • Due to their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scarce and demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, so 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 charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and prevents damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in The British Virgin Islands could prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also feature power outlet strips to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, howeverthese will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a British Virgin Islands power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage appliances in a British Virgin Islands power outlet.
  • Certain cell phones and tablets could require more than the usual 500 milliamps supplied by a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase some of your devices require additional power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple mobile phones overnight using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for The British Virgin Islands?

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 the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both The British Virgin Islands 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to The British Virgin Islands.
  • 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. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting The British Virgin Islands.

Power converters for The British Virgin Islands

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for The British Virgin Islands?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for The British Virgin Islands?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet in The British Virgin Islands, however a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] will convert the voltage of 110 volts from a British Virgin Islands power outlet to work with a non-110 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for The British Virgin Islands?

If you are travelling to The British Virgin Islands from a different country check your device can be used with a 110v supply.

  • If your device does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to The British Virgin Islands from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your 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 traveling to The British Virgin Islands from a higher 230 volt location you will need to use a bulkier Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 110 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?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

One method to see if a appliance is dual or single voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the unit itself, typically near to where the power cord sits. This location might depend on the make and model of your device and could also state in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • 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 range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a British Virgin Islands 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 British Virgin Islands power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a British Virgin Islands power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can be connected to a British Virgin Islands power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a British Virgin Islands 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 British Virgin Islands power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a British Virgin Islands 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 British Virgin Islands 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/British_Virgin_Islands - British Virgin Islands Wikipedia page.
  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.