The Cayman Islands power adapters - what plugs are used in The Cayman Islands?

Cayman Islands power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting The Cayman Islands all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Cayman Islands power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device can use then read the section about how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Cayman Islands power outlet then it will work in The Cayman Islands without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Cayman Islands power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for The Cayman Islands such a Type B plug adapter [2]. Please Note that a plug adapter for The Cayman Islands (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 Cayman Islands, but doesn't convert the voltage from 120 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 120 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for The Cayman Islands to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for The Cayman Islands if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power one or more USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for The Cayman Islands.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 120 volts used in The Cayman Islands you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in The Cayman Islands check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

If you are planning a holiday to The Cayman Islands it is useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use your electronics such as cell phones and laptop computers when you're there. By not knowing which wall socket is used you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive. Complicated standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in The Cayman Islands. This page contains links to simple instructions showing how to power your devices when you are in The Cayman Islands using their standard types B or A 120 volt 60Hz power outlets, most Caymanians use the Type B power outlets. You'll find power is different depending on which area you are travelling to so we suggest reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries. We also recommend reading the The Cayman Islands Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details.

The Cayman Islands power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in The Cayman Islands?

It will depend on the type of plug you wish to use in The Cayman Islands. An American plug won't require a power adapter because it will fit into a Cayman Islands power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for The Cayman Islands?

The best power adapter for The Cayman Islands is a Type B plug adapter [2] which allows you to use any 120 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for The Cayman Islands?

The Cayman Islands power outlets

What type of power outlets are in The Cayman Islands?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the plug supply by two thin slots next to each other.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify this plug socket by 2 thin slots where the twin plug socket blades go with a hole below for the long earth pin.
What type of power outlets are in The Cayman Islands?

What is the voltage in The Cayman Islands?

The typical voltage in The Cayman Islands is 120 volts.

What is the frequency used with a Cayman Islands power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Cayman Islands power outlet is 60 Hz.

Is the voltage in The Cayman Islands the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Cayman Islands power outlet is exactly the same as in the US.

Is an outlet in The Cayman Islands the same as the US?

An American plug will fit into a Cayman Islands power outlet, both the frequency and voltage range are the identical to the US.

The Cayman 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 Cayman Islands?

If travelling to more than one country the best international travel charger for The Cayman Islands is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Caymanians use two different types of plug sockets (types B and A) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your devices at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for The Cayman Islands?

Why use a travel USB charger for The Cayman Islands?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices, thereby reducing the weight of your baggage.
  • All travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for various countries making them ideal if visiting different countries across North America which are likely to use a different standard to The Cayman Islands.
  • A good USB charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing along a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair or replace in The Cayman Islands.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 120 volts used in The Cayman Islands power outlets along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotel rooms or accommodation in The Cayman Islands might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the worry out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices connected to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in The Cayman Islands might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Premium USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to power low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but please be aware these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the section on using travel appliances in The Cayman Islands for useful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for using a high powered appliances in a Cayman Islands power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could require more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices require additional power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple cell phones on an overnight basis using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for The Cayman Islands?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both The Cayman Islands and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to The Cayman Islands using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting The Cayman Islands.

Power converters for The Cayman Islands

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter for The Cayman Islands?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter for The Cayman Islands?

An expensive and bulky power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 120 volts from a Cayman Islands power outlet to work with a non-120 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and smaller power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet in The Cayman Islands.

Do I need a voltage converter for The Cayman Islands?

If you are visiting The Cayman Islands from a different country please ensure that the device can be used with a 120v supply.

  • If your device does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to The Cayman Islands from another region check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that the device is dual-voltage (you'll find these are 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.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting The Cayman Islands 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 list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

What voltage is my device?

Single voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my device?

The easiest way to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power adapter or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your appliance, it should also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Cayman 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 Cayman Islands power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Cayman Islands power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can connect to a Cayman Islands power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Cayman 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 Cayman Islands power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Cayman 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 Cayman 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/Cayman_Islands - Cayman 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.