Martinique power adapters - what plugs are used in Martinique?

Martinican power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Martinique all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Martinican power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device can use then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Martinican power outlet then it can work in Martinique.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Martinican power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Martinique such a Type D plug adapter [2]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Martinique (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Martinique, but can't convert the voltage from 220 volts to use with 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 pack a suitable plug adapter for Martinique if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type D plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to charge USB devices such as tablets or cell phones then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring one which has a Type D plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along 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 check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

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. We recommend reading the Martinique Wikipedia page [1] for further details prior to travelling to the area.

Martinique power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for Martinique?

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

What is the best power adapter for Martinique?

The best power adapter for Martinique is a Type D power adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Martinique?

Martinique power outlets

What type of outlets are in Martinique?

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

  • Plug Type C - This power socket can be recognised by the two round adjacent holes where the twin plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type D - This power socket (called a type D power outlet) can be recognised by the 3 holes in a triangular pattern.
  • Plug Type E - This recessed circular power supply (known as the CEE 7/7 socket or type E power outlet) can be recognised by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes plus a single metal earth pin protruding from the top forming a triangle configuration.
What type of outlets are in Martinique?

What is the voltage in Martinique?

The voltage in Martinique is 220 volts.

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.

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.

What is the electrical frequency used in Martinique?

The frequency from a Martinican power outlet is 50Hz.

Martinique 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 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 [5]. 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 [5] 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 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 Martinique.
  • 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 Martinique.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 220 volts used in Martinique power outlets along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some accommodation or hotel rooms in Martinique 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 Martinique 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 Martinican power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in a Martinican 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 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 the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter for Martinique?

Voltage converter

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

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 Martinique, however a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] converts a 220 volt Martinican power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for Martinique?

If you are travelling to Martinique from a different country make sure the device can be charged using a 220v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that 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 during charging.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Martinique from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a much larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

Read 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 Martinican 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 Martinican power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Martinican power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Martinican power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which work with the Martinican 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 Martinican power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Martinican 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 Martinican 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/Martinique - Martinique Wikipedia web page.
  2. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D 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.