Jamaica power adapters - what plugs are used in Jamaica?

Jamaican power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Jamaica all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Jamaican power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then read the section below about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Jamaican power outlet then you can use it in Jamaica without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Jamaican power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Jamaica such a Type B plug adapter [2]. Be aware that a plug adapter for Jamaica (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Jamaica, but doesn't convert the voltage from 110 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 110 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Jamaica 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 Jamaica if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you bring one which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Jamaica.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 110 volts used in Jamaica you run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your device in Jamaica please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

If organizing a holiday it can be useful to know if you'll be able to use your electronics such as cell phones and cameras when you reach your destination. Without knowing which power supply is used in Jamaica you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, meaning needing to borrow a suitable charger on arrival. Various voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country to the first time traveller. 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 Jamaica. This page contains links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you are in Jamaica by using the standard B or A type 110 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type B plug outlets will be typically used by most Jamaicans. Power adapters change depending on which area you're taking a trip to therefore please read our Wikiconnections travel power adapters list for a full list of powering devices in different countries. We also suggest referring to the Jamaica Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information.

Jamaica power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for Jamaica?

If the outlet in your home country isn't the same as the shape of the plug outlet in Jamaica then you will need a power adapter. An American plug does not require a power adapter as it already fits into a Jamaican power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for Jamaica?

The best power adapter for Jamaica is a Type B power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 110 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Jamaica?

Jamaica power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Jamaica?

There are two different types of power supply used in Jamaica, types B and A with the primary power outlets being type B:

  • Plug Type A - You can identify this power socket by the 2 slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket blades sit.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify the plug socket by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the short twin blades sit with a single hole below for the long earthed pin.
What kind of outlets are in Jamaica?

What is the voltage in Jamaica?

The common voltage in Jamaica is 110 volts.

What is the frequency used with a Jamaican power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Jamaican power outlet is 50Hz.

Is the voltage in Jamaica the same as in the US?

The voltage in Jamaica is 110 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. Even though these are very similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your US charger or appliance supports voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

Are electrical outlets in Jamaica the same as US?

An American plug will fit into outlets found in Jamaica, the voltage is within the 100-128 volt range used in America but the frequency is different so you will need to ensure that your appliance works with 50hz.

Jamaica 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 Jamaica?

If travelling with more than one device and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Jamaica is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Jamaicans use two different standards of wall outlets (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Jamaica or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for an adaptable travel adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Jamaica?

Why use a travel USB charger for Jamaica?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weightand size of your baggage by only bringing one USB wall charger rather than bringing several different USB power chargers.
  • Most travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting other countries across North America which are likely to use different standards to Jamaica.
  • Good USB travel chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair or replace in Jamaica.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 110 volt power outlets in Jamaica and other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that hotel bedrooms in Jamaica only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be scarce and demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Jamaica might prove difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB chargers also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, howeverthese will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the section on using travel appliances in Jamaica for useful advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Jamaican power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain mobile phones could require more than the standard 500 mA supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices need extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by charging multiple cell phones and tablets every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Jamaica?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Jamaica using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Jamaica.

Power converters for Jamaica

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 110 volts from a Jamaican power outlet to work with a non-110 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Jamaica.

Do I need a power converter for Jamaica?

If travelling to Jamaica from another country check your device can accept a 110 volt supply.

  • If your device charges slowly or does not power up when visiting Jamaica from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on, check the device is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to ensure safe and proper use when powering devices.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are visiting Jamaica from a higher 230 volt location you will need to use a bulkier Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 110 volts.

See the WikiConnections list of 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?

Dual voltage hair dryer

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

The method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power adapter or on the unit itself, typically on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord sits. The location will depend on the make and model of your device and could 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 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Jamaican 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 Jamaican power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Jamaican power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Jamaican power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a Jamaican 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 Jamaican power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Jamaican 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 Jamaican 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/Jamaica - Jamaica entry on wikipedia.org.
  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.