Martinique power adapters - what plugs are used in Martinique?

Martinican power outlet

What adapter do I need for Martinique?

You need to bring a Type D plug adapter [3] to Martinique if your plug doesn't fit in a Martinican power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Martinique all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power in a Martinican 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 you are from America and travelling to Martinique you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Martinique to fit a US plug into a Martinican power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Martinique use a power converter for Martinique if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Martinican power outlet then you can use it in Martinique.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Martinican power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Martinique such a Type D plug adapter [3]. Be aware that a plug adapter for Martinique (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Martinique, but doesn't convert the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Martinique to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Martinique if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type D 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 D plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Martinique.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 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 Martinique please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Martinique power adapters

Power adapters for Martinique

When organizing a vacation to Martinique it can often be useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use all your indispensable electronics like mobile phones and tablets that you are bringing along with you. Without knowing which plug socket is being used in Martinique you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor when you're there that might not be compatible. Differing combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning to visit 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 Martinique. This page has links to useful instructions demonstrating exactly how to charge your devices when you're travelling to Martinique using the standard types D, C or E 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type D plug outlets will be typically used by most Martiniquais. You'll discover power will change depending on which area you are visiting so we recommend reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Martinique?

The best power adapter for Martinique is a Type D power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Martinique?

What is a power adapter for a Martinican power outlet?

A power adapter for Martinique is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits an electrical socket in Martinique 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].

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

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Martinican 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 Martinique along with the correct type of power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter in Martinique?

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

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

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

What does a power adapter do?

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

Where can I buy a power adapter for Martinique?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Martinique?

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.

Martinique power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Martinique?

Type C, D and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Martinique?

There are three different types of power outlets used in Martinique, types D, C and E with the primary power outlets being type D:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this power socket by the 2 holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type D - You can identify the plug socket by 3 round holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  • Plug Type E - You can identify the plug socket by two round holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit along with one metal grounding pin protruding in the top in a triangular pattern.

Do US plugs work in Martinique?

No - a US plug won't work in Martinique because it doesn't fit in a Martinican power outlet without using a power adapter. The voltage is different therefore you will need to use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

Is the voltage in Martinique the same as the US?

The voltage in Martinique is 220 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 Martinique which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 220 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Martinique?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V or 120V appliance in a Martinican power outlet.

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

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

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

The Caribbean

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

Various countries throughout The Caribbean use different voltages and power outlet types, a plug that works with a Martinican 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 Martinican 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.

What is the electrical frequency used in Martinique?

The frequency from a Martinican power outlet is 50Hz.

Martinique 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 Martinique?

When you are travelling with more than one device and visiting more than one country then the best international travel charger for Martinique is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Martiniquais use three different standards of wall outlets (D, C and E) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip. By only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers and using only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Martinique?

Why use a travel USB charger for Martinique?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only bringing one USB wall charger instead of bringing several different USB power chargers.
  • Travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries across North America which are likely to use a different standard to Martinique.
  • A good USB power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Martinique.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Martinique power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel rooms or accommodation in Martinique might only have one power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with all your devices instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices 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 and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Martinique might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Higher priced USB chargers should also include a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please see our guide on using travel appliances with a Martinican power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Martinican power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Some tablets and mobile phones could require more than the usual 500 mA produced from a normal 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 draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be useful by charging multiple cell phones and tablets every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Martinique?

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 Martinique 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 Martinique.

Power converters for Martinique

What is a power converter?

A power converter for Martinique will enable travellers to use a 100-120 volt electric appliance with a 220 volt Martinican 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 Martinique?

An expensive and bulky power converter [9] will convert a 220 volt Martinican power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet in Martinique.

Do I need a power converter for Martinique?

If travelling to Martinique from another country check your device can accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [10] is needed if you are travelling to Martinique from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 220 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 220 volt appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 120 volts) and used with 220 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 [10].
  • 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 [11].
  • 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 Martinique.
  • Read our comprehensive travel guides on how to use curling wands, clothes irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners with a Martinican power outlet which includes advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a plug outlet in Martinique 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 Martinique?

You will need to use a step down power converter [10] which will allow you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Martinique.

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 to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [10] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Martinican 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 Martinique before plugging that into a Martinican 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 220 volt Martinican power outlet.

What voltage is used in Martinique?

Martinique uses 220 volts in their power outlets.

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

Single voltage hair straighteners

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 Martinican power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Martinican power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Martinican power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Martinican power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Martinican power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Martinican power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Martinican power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Martinique, 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 [12].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martinique - Martinique Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  5. Multiple power adapter travel set - 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. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets