Miquelon power adapters - what plugs are used in Miquelon?

Miquelonnais power outlet

Summary

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 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 [2]. 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

Do I need a power adapter for Miquelon?

If the power plug you want to use isn't the same as the shape of the power outlet in Miquelon then you will need a power adapter. 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.

What is the best power adapter for Miquelon?

The best power adapter for Miquelon will be a Type E power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Miquelon?

Miquelon power outlets

What plugs are used in Miquelon?

Type E power sockets are used in Miquelon. The circular wall socket (technically called the type E power outlet) can be recognised by two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins and a single metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangle shape.

What plugs are used in Miquelon?

What voltage is used in Miquelon?

The standard voltage used in Miquelon is 230 volts.

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.

Miquelon 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.

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 is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter?

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [5] (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 [6] will convert a 230 volt Miquelonnais power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance.

Do I need a voltage converter for Miquelon?

When travelling to Miquelon from a different country please check the device can be used with a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [8] to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it up.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Miquelon from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [7] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

How to tell the voltage of my device

Single voltage hair dryer

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 diffence) 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.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Miquelonnais 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 Miquelonnais power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Miquelonnais power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to a Miquelonnais power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to the Miquelonnais 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 Miquelonnais power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Miquelonnais 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 Miquelonnais 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/Saint_Pierre_and_Miquelon - Wikipedia entry about Miquelon.
  2. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E 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. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.