The Dominican Republic power adapters - what plugs are used in The Dominican Republic?

Dominican Republic power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting The Dominican Republic all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Dominican Republic power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device uses then please read the section about how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device can run on 110 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Dominican Republic power outlet then it should work in The Dominican Republic without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 110 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Dominican Republic power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for The Dominican Republic such a Type B plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for The Dominican Republic (or power adapter) only changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The Dominican Republic, but won't change the voltage from 110 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 110 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for The Dominican Republic to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for The Dominican Republic if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power your USB devices such as a tablet or a cellphone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, but ensure that you choose a USB travel adapter which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for The Dominican Republic.

Warning: If your device won't handle 110 volts you run the risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Prior to using your device in The Dominican Republic please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

If you are packing for a trip to The Dominican Republic it can be helpful to know in advance if you can use any common electronics such as mobile phones and cameras at your hotel. But by not knowing which wall socket is used in The Dominican Republic you could pack the wrong adaptor, therefore needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you need to recharge which might not be compatible and cause problems with your device. Differing combinations of standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in another country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in The Dominican Republic. This page has links to step-by-step instructions which shows how to supply power to your devices when staying in The Dominican Republic using the Type B or A Dominican Republic 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type B plug outlets are normally used by a majority of Dominicanse. You'll discover power adapters vary depending on which country you are in therefore we recommend reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries. We also suggest referring to the The Dominican Republic Wikipedia page [1] for more details.

The Dominican Republic power adapters

What is the best power adapter for The Dominican Republic?

The best power adapter for The Dominican Republic will be a Type B power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 110 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for The Dominican Republic?

The Dominican Republic power outlets

What voltage is used in The Dominican Republic?

The standard voltage used in The Dominican Republic is 110 volts.

What type of power outlets are in The Dominican Republic?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise this plug supply by the 2 thin adjacent slots where the plug socket blades go.
  • Plug Type B - The wall socket, also known as a type B power outlet, can be recognised by 2 thin slots where the live and neutral blades go with a single hole below for the slightly long ground pin.
What type of power outlets are in The Dominican Republic?

The Dominican Republic 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 Dominican Republic?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than one device then the best travel power adapter for The Dominican Republic is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [4]. Dominicanse use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Dominican Republic trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for charging your devices at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online - the multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [4] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for The Dominican Republic?

Why use a travel USB charger for The Dominican Republic?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger in order to power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Travel USB chargers will include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to The Dominican Republic.
  • A good USB charger is lightweight, compact and rugged; ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing along a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair in The Dominican Republic.
  • USB travel chargers will accept both the 110 volt power outlets in The Dominican Republic and other voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that accommodation or hotel rooms in The Dominican Republic only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Due to their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of travelling to any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure gates can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in The Dominican Republic could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers also include power outlet strips to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, howeverthese will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances with a Dominican Republic power outlet for guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for a Dominican Republic power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain cellphones might require more than the normal 500 milliamps produced from a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices require extra power.
  • When back at home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for The Dominican Republic?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both The Dominican Republic and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting The Dominican Republic using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi only has 2 USB charging ports but offers 6 AC outlets. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, B, E, F, G and I making it ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting The Dominican Republic.

Power converters for The Dominican Republic

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

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter [5] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in The Dominican Republic, whereas a more expensive and heavier power converter [6] will transform a 110 volt Dominican Republic power outlet to work with a non-110 volt appliance.

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

Do I need a voltage converter for The Dominican Republic?

When travelling to The Dominican Republic from a different country please check that your device can accept a 110v supply.

  • If your device charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting The Dominican Republic from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your device is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [8] to ensure safe and proper use when powering devices.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting The Dominican Republic from a higher 230 volt location you will need to use a larger Step Up Voltage Converter [7] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 110 volts.

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

What voltage is my device?

One way to see if your appliance is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the device itself, typically near to where the power cord goes. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but should also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say 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 large voltage range seperated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Dominican Republic 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 Dominican Republic power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Dominican Republic power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that work with a Dominican Republic power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to the Dominican Republic 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 Dominican Republic power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Dominican Republic 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 Dominican Republic 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/Dominican_Republic - The Dominican Republic Wiki 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.