Dominica power adapters - what plugs are used in Dominica?

Dominicand power outlet

What adapter do I need for Dominica?

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Dominica will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a Dominicand power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device uses then please read the section below about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • If you are from America and travelling to Dominica you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Dominica to fit a US plug into a Dominicand power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Dominica use a power converter for Dominica if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Dominicand power outlet then it will work in Dominica without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Dominicand power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Dominica such a Type G plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Dominica (or power adapter) will only change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Dominica, but but is unable to change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Dominica to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Dominica if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power your USB devices such as a tablet or a cell phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, however make sure that you bring one which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Dominica.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 230 volts used in Dominica you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in Dominica read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

If packing for a holiday it can often be helpful to know if you'll be able to charge any vital devices such as mobile phones or laptop computers when you're there. But, without knowing which power socket is used you could end up either weighing your luggage down with unnecessary spare adaptors or pack the wrong charger, therefore having to borrow a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive. Varying different voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Dominica. This page contains links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when visiting Dominica by using the G or D type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Dominicansd typically use the Type G plugs in their power outlets. Most power adapters will vary regionally therefore please read the Wiki Connections global power adapters guide for a full list showing powering devices in different destinations. We also recommend referring to the Dominica Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details.

Dominica power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Dominica?

The best power adapter for Dominica will be a Type G power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Dominica?

What is a power adapter for Dominicand power outlet?

A power adapter for Dominica is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits an electrical socket in Dominica to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [4].

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from a different country to use electrical appliances and devices in Dominica simply by adapting the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter in Dominica?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in Dominica.

Do I need a power adapter for Dominica if I'm visiting from the US?

US plugs won't fit into a Dominicand power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Dominica, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Dominica to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

Will a power adapter convert the voltage from a Dominicand power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Dominicand power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you will also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Dominica along with the correct type of power adapter.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Dominica?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Dominica?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Dominica power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Dominica?

Type D and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Dominica?

There are two types of power outlets used in Dominica, these are type G and D with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type D - The wall outlet (technically known as a type D power outlet) can be identified by three circular holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  • Plug Type G - This wall outlet (technically called a type G power outlet) can be identified by the three slots with plastic shutters in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.

What is the voltage from a Dominicand power outlet?

The common voltage from a Dominicand power outlet is 230 volts.

Do US plugs work in Dominica?

No; a US plug won't work in Dominica because it won't fit into a Dominicand power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is different so use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device can work with a 50hz power outlet.

Is a power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for Dominica?

The Caribbean

Is a power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for Dominica?

Various countries throughout The Caribbean use different voltages and power outlet types, a plug that works with a Dominicand power outlet might not function in an electrical outlet on another island. When visiting more than one country in The Caribbean it is recommended to either use a multiple power adapter travel set [5] containing every type of power adapter, or a single international travel plug adapter [6] as both these options should ensure that you are covered for most different power outlet types that you might find on each island.

Because each island in The Caribbean uses different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug which works with a Dominicand power outlet might not operate properly with an outlet on another island. When preparing to travel read these pages for more details on what to expect 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.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Dominica?

Use a step down power converter if you need to use a 110V or 120V appliance in a Dominicand power outlet.

What is the electrical frequency used in Dominica?

The frequency from a Dominicand power outlet is 50Hz.

Is the voltage in Dominica the same as the US?

The voltage in Dominica is 230 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. If your US appliance or power charger can't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for Dominica which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 230 volt outlet.

Is an outlet in Dominica the same as in the US?

American plugs won't fit in a Dominicand power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Dominica. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Dominica and ensure that it works with a 50hz power outlet.

Dominica 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 Dominica?

When you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Dominica is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Dominicansd use two different standards of wall outlets (G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, and support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters for your Dominicand trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Dominica?

Why use a travel USB charger for Dominica?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps cut down on the weightand size of your luggage by only needing to pack one USB wall charger instead of bringing numerous individual USB power chargers with you.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for various power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting different countries across North America which are likely to use different standards to Dominica.
  • Good USB chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be impossible to replace in Dominica.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 230 volts used in Dominica power outlets along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some accommodation or hotel rooms in Dominica might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airport departure gates can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Dominica might prove difficult and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered devices such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our section on using travel appliances with a Dominicand power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in a Dominicand power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cell phones might require more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a standard 5 volt USB 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.
  • On back at home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple cellphones and tablets every day using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Dominica?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international 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 visiting Dominica 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. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Dominica.

Power converters for Dominica

What is a power converter?

A power converter for Dominica will enable travellers to use a 100-120 volt electric appliance with a 230 volt Dominicand 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 plug adapter for Dominica?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [9] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in Dominica, however a more expensive and heavier power converter [10] converts a 230 volt Dominicand power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Dominica?

If travelling to Dominica from another country check your device can accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [11] is needed if you are travelling to Dominica from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 230 volts. Read the world power outlets page to see the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already own either a 230 volt appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 120 volts) and used with 230 volts run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless you use a step down power converter [11].
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone or laptop as these are typically designed for international use and support dual voltage, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [12].
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than investing in a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in Dominica.
  • Read our comprehensive travel guides on how to use curling wands, clothes irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners with a Dominicand power outlet which includes advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Dominica from America?

The voltage from a plug outlet in Dominica is different to an American outlet, therefore please bring a step down power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Dominica?

To use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Dominica you will need to use a step down power converter [11].

What voltage is used in Dominica?

Dominica uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [11] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Dominicand 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 Dominica before plugging that into a Dominicand 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 to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 230 volt Dominicand power outlet.
What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

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

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 single voltage or dual voltage device?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

The way to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power adapter or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord plugs into. The location might depend on the make and model of your unit but could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

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

What can I connect to a Dominicand power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Dominicand power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Dominicand power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Dominicand power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Dominicand power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Dominicand power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Dominicand power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Dominicand power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Dominicand power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Dominica, 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 [13].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominica - Dominica Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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 down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets