Miquelon power adapters - what plugs are used in Miquelon?

Miquelonnais power outlet

What adapter do I need for Miquelon?

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Miquelon will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Miquelonnais power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device can use then read the section below on how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • If you are planning on travelling to Miquelon from the US you will need to use a power adapter for Miquelon to fit a US plug into a Miquelonnais power outlet. As the voltage is different in Miquelon you also need to bring a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Miquelonnais power outlet then you can use it in Miquelon.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Miquelonnais power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Miquelon such a Type E plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Miquelon (or power adapter) only changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Miquelon, but can't change the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Miquelon to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Miquelon if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you want to power your USB devices such as tablets or cellphones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you bring one which has a Type E plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Miquelon.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Before using your device in Miquelon check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Differing combinations of standards and sockets can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Miquelon. This page has links to simple instructions showing you how to charge your devices when going to Miquelon using the 230 volt 50Hz Type E wall outlet, the Miquelonnais will use a CEE 7/5 French socket for wall outlets. Most power is different from region to region therefore we recommend reading the World power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries. We also suggest referring to the Miquelon Wikipedia page [1] for further details.

Miquelon power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Miquelon?

The best power adapter for Miquelon will be a Type E power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Miquelon?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and cheap plastic adapters that permit a Miquelonnais power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

Do I need a power adapter for Miquelon?

It depends on which location you are travelling from and the type of plug you want to use.

Will I need a power adapter for Miquelon if I'm visiting from America?

An American plug won't fit in a Miquelonnais power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Miquelon, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Miquelon to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

Does a power adapter convert the voltage from a Miquelonnais power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Miquelonnais power outlet and doesn't convert to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance then you also need a more expensive step down power converter for Miquelon.

What does a power adapter for a Miquelonnais power outlet do?

A power adapter for a Miquelonnais power outlet allows a visitor from another country to use their electrical appliances in Miquelon by adapting the shape of the plug to fit the power socket.

Miquelon power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Miquelon?

Type E power sockets are used in Miquelon. The sunken circular wall socket can be recognised by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins and a single metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangular shape.

What plug sockets are used in Miquelon?

What voltage is used in a Miquelonnais power outlet?

The normal voltage used from a Miquelonnais power outlet is 230 volts.

Do US plugs work in Miquelon?

No - a US plug won't work in Miquelon because it can't fit in a Miquelonnais power outlet without using a plug adapter. The voltage is 230 volts therefore you need to use a power converter for Miquelon if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

Is a Miquelonnais power outlet the same as in the US?

A US plug won't fit in a Miquelonnais power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Miquelon. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Miquelon and ensure that it works with a 50hz power supply.

What is the electrical frequency used in a Miquelonnais power outlet?

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

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

The voltage in Miquelon is 230 volts, whereas Americans use 120 volts. If your American power charger or appliance won't handle dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Miquelonnais power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Miquelon?

To use a 110V or 120V appliance in a Miquelonnais power outlet you will need a step down power converter.

Miquelon 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.

Why use a travel USB charger for Miquelon?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB power chargers should include swappable plug heads for different power outlets thereby making them ideal when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use a different standard to Miquelon.
  • A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair in Miquelon.
  • USB travel chargers will accept both the 230 volt power outlets in Miquelon along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms or accommodation in Miquelon only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Due to their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets in airport departure lounges can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Miquelon might prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers also include power outlet strips to allow you to power multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but note these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to the section on using travel appliances with a Miquelonnais power outlet for guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for a high powered appliances with a Miquelonnais power outlet.
  • Some cellphones and tablets might require more than the normal 500 milliamps produced from a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones overnight using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Miquelon?

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

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Miquelon using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Miquelon.

Power converters for Miquelon

What does a power converter for Miquelon do?

A power converter for Miquelon enables you to use a 100-120 volt electrical device with a 230 volt Miquelonnais 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 power adapter?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Miquelon, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] will convert a 230 volt Miquelonnais power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Miquelon?

If you are visiting Miquelon from another country ensure that your device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [8] is needed if you are visiting Miquelon from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. Read the WikiConnections world power outlets page to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed for a lower voltage such as 120 volts and used in a 230 volt power outlet run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [8] is used.
  • You don't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a laptop as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair dryers or clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [9] to allow it to be used with a 230 volt Miquelonnais power outlet.
  • Buying a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than bringing a heavier high wattage power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance in Miquelon.
  • For more information read our comprehensive guides on how to use curling irons, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers with a Miquelonnais power outlet which includes guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Miquelon from the US?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Miquelon is different to a 110 volt US outlet, therefore bring a step down power converter if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Miquelon?

You will need to buy a step down power converter [8] which will allow you to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Miquelon.

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

Voltage converter

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

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 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [8] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Miquelonnais 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 Miquelon before plugging that into a Miquelonnais 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 Miquelonnais power outlet.

What voltage does Miquelon use?

Miquelon uses 230 volts in their standard power outlets.

How to tell the voltage of my device

Single voltage hair straighteners

How to tell the voltage of my device

A simple method to tell if a device is dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to a Miquelonnais power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Miquelonnais power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Miquelonnais power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Miquelonnais power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to a Miquelonnais power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to the Miquelonnais power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Miquelonnais power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Miquelonnais power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Miquelon, 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 [10].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Pierre_and_Miquelon - Wikipedia entry about Miquelon.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  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 converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets