The Grenadines power adapters - what plugs are used in The Grenadines?

Grenadines power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting The Grenadines all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power in a Grenadines power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device can use then read the section on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Grenadines power outlet then you can use it in The Grenadines.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Grenadines power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for The Grenadines such a Type G plug adapter [2]. Be aware that a plug adapter for The Grenadines (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The Grenadines, but doesn't convert the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for The Grenadines to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Grenadines if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you need to power USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for The Grenadines.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run a risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in The Grenadines please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

If you are organizing a vacation to The Grenadines it can be useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use your vital electronics like cell phones and cameras when you reach your destination. Without knowing which plug socket is being used in The Grenadines you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, meaning having to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you're there that might not be compatible. Different combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country, especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in The Grenadines. This page has links to useful instructions demonstrating exactly how to supply power to your devices when you're travelling to The Grenadines using the standard Type G, C, E, I or K 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type G plug outlets will be typically used by most Vincentians. Power changes depending on which region you are visiting so please read the power adapters page for a full list of countries. We recommend reading the The Grenadines Wikipedia page [1] for further details prior to travelling to the area.

The Grenadines power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for The Grenadines?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you wish to use in The Grenadines. If you are visiting from the US use a plug adapter for The Grenadines because an American plug won't fit into a Grenadines power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for The Grenadines if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

What is the best power adapter for The Grenadines?

The best power adapter for The Grenadines is a Type G power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for The Grenadines?

The Grenadines power outlets

What plugs are used in The Grenadines?

There are five different types of power supply used in The Grenadines, these are type G, C, E, I and K with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - This plug socket can be recognised by the two round adjacent holes where the twin plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type E - This sunken circular plug supply (known as the type E power outlet or CEE 7/7 socket) can be recognised by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes plus a single long metal earth pin protruding the top forming a triangle configuration.
  • Plug Type G - You can identify this plug socket by the 3 rectangular holes in a triangular pattern.
  • Plug Type I - You can identify this power socket by the 3 slots for the live, neutral and ground.
  • Plug Type K - You can identify the plug socket by 3 large holes forming an upside-down triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
What plugs are used in The Grenadines?

What is the voltage in The Grenadines?

The voltage in The Grenadines is 230 volts.

Is the voltage in The Grenadines the same as the US?

The voltage in The Grenadines 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 The Grenadines which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 230 volt outlet.

Is an outlet in The Grenadines the same as in the US?

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

What is the electrical frequency used in The Grenadines?

The frequency from a Grenadines power outlet is 50Hz.

The Grenadines 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 Grenadines?

If travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just one device the best travel power adapter for The Grenadines to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are five different standards of wall outlets that Vincentians use (types G, C, E, I and K) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of device is compatible with Fast Charge (note 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 compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

This means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power adapters or using up additional power outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage and suitable for recharging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for a multipurpose travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer, the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for The Grenadines?

Why use a travel USB charger for The Grenadines?

  • 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 The Grenadines.
  • 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 The Grenadines.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 230 volts used in The Grenadines power outlets along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some accommodation or hotel rooms in The Grenadines 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 The Grenadines 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 Grenadines power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in a Grenadines 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 The Grenadines?

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 The Grenadines 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 The Grenadines.

Power converters for The Grenadines

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in The Grenadines, however a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] converts a 230 volt Grenadines power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for The Grenadines?

If you are visiting The Grenadines from a different country make sure the device can be charged using a 230v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to The Grenadines from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

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

Single voltage hair straighteners 2

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 diffence) 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.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Grenadines 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 Grenadines power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Grenadines power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Grenadines power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which work with the Grenadines 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 Grenadines power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Grenadines 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 Grenadines 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/St._Vincent_and_the_Grenadines - The Grenadines Wikipedia web page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451321648&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011%5Cc2888054011&rnid=2887998011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=A6EA2MIBWUPLQKJD - Step Down 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.