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

British Virgin Islands power outlet

What adapter do I need for The British Virgin Islands?

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 you intend on visiting The British Virgin Islands from the US then all US appliances and devices should function without an adapter or power converter. It may however be practical to use a multiple USB travel power adapter as it will allow you to charge more than one device by only packing one charger.
  • 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 [3]. 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

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 [3] which is suitable for powering any 110 volt appliance or device.

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

What is a power adapter for British Virgin Islands power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter which permits a different shaped power plug on an appliance from a different country to correctly fit into a wall socket in The British Virgin Islands.

Does a power adapter convert the voltage in The British Virgin Islands?

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt British Virgin Islands power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 220-240 volt appliance you also need to bring a step up power converter for The British Virgin Islands.

What does a power adapter for The British Virgin Islands do?

A power adapter allows visitors from a different country to use their own electronic appliances and devices in The British Virgin Islands simply by changing the shape of the power plug.

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

This will depend on the type of plug you are attempting to use.

Do I need a power adapter for The British Virgin Islands if I'm visiting from the US?

A US plug will not require a plug adapter as it already fits in a British Virgin Islands power outlet.

The British Virgin Islands power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in The British Virgin Islands?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in The British Virgin Islands?

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

  • Plug Type A - This power socket, technically known as a type A power outlet, can be identified by two thin slots adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise the power outlet by 2 slots parallel to each other with a semicircular shaped hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.

What is the voltage from a British Virgin Islands power outlet?

The standard residential voltage used from a British Virgin Islands power outlet is 110 volts.

Do US plugs work in The British Virgin Islands?

Yes, an American plug will work in a British Virgin Islands power outlet so will not require an adapter or power converter.

Is an electric power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a British Virgin Islands power outlet?

The Caribbean

Is an electric power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a British Virgin Islands power outlet?

Different islands throughout The Caribbean use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug that works with a British Virgin Islands power outlet might not work in another island. When visiting more than one island in The Caribbean it is recommended to either bring along a multiple power adapter travel set [5] which contains every type of power adapter, or a single international travel plug adapter [6] as both these options should ensure that you're covered for most different power outlet types which you may find in each country.

As each island in The Caribbean uses different voltages and power outlet types you might discover a plug that works with a British Virgin Islands power outlet might not work properly with an outlet on another island. If you need further details on what to expect when preparing to travel we've put together a similar guide to this page 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 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.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in The British Virgin Islands?

To use a 220, 230 or 240V appliance in The British Virgin Islands you will need to use a step up power converter.

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 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 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 [8]. 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 [8] 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 a power converter?

Power converters for The British Virgin Islands allow travellers to use their 220-240 volt electric device with a 110 volt British Virgin Islands power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [9] (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 [10] 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 power converter for The British Virgin Islands?

When you are visiting The British Virgin Islands from a different region please ensure the device can be charged using a 110 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [11] if you are travelling from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance or device is incompatible with 110 volts. See the world power outlets page to see the voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a single voltage device that works with 110 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts and then used in a 110 volt power outlet sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to The British Virgin Islands from another region please check that it will work with a 110 volt power outlet otherwise you will need to bring a step up power converter [11].
  • You don't need a converter if you need to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however please always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example hair dryers and clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [12].
  • It will be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a much heavier high wattage power converter to The British Virgin Islands in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hairdryers and flat irons with a British Virgin Islands power outlet which includes guides on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for The British Virgin Islands if I'm travelling from the US?

You won't need a power converter as the voltage from a British Virgin Islands power outlet is in the same 100-120V range as the US.

What kind of converter do I need for The British Virgin Islands?

You will need to buy a step up power converter [11] which allows you to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in a 110 volt British Virgin Islands power outlet.

What voltage is used in The British Virgin Islands?

The British Virgin Islands uses 110 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 110 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [11] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 110 volt British Virgin Islands 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 British Virgin Islands before plugging that into a British Virgin Islands 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 110 volt British Virgin Islands power outlet.
What is the difference between a power transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power 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.
How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

Dual 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.

What can I connect to a British Virgin Islands power outlet?

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

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a British Virgin Islands power outlet

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

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

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

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a British Virgin Islands power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a British Virgin Islands power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a British Virgin Islands power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting The British Virgin Islands, 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 [14].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Virgin_Islands - British Virgin Islands Wikipedia page.
  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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  5. Multiple power adapter travel set - 12 piece grounded international travel plug adapter set .
  6. 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.
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets