Montserrat power adapters - what plugs are used in Montserrat?

Montserratian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Montserrat?

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Montserrat all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a Montserratian power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device can use then please read the section about how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you're from the US travelling to Montserrat then devices and appliances with US plugs will fit into a Montserratian power outlet without requiring power adapter, however the voltage is 230 volts therefore you will need to use a power converter for Montserrat if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Montserratian power outlet then you can use it in Montserrat without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Montserratian power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Montserrat such a Type B plug adapter [3]. Note that a plug adapter for Montserrat (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Montserrat, but can't change the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Montserrat to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Montserrat if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you want to bring USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you choose one which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Montserrat.

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

Background

Different combinations of voltages and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to visit another country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Montserrat. This page contains links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you are travelling to Montserrat using the Type B or A Montserratian 230 volt 60Hz power outlets. Power adapters change depending on which region you're in so please read our WikiConnections world power adapters guide for a complete list showing powering devices in different regions and countries. We also suggest reading the Montserrat Wikipedia page [1] for further details on travelling to the location.

Montserrat power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Montserrat?

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

What is the best power adapter for Montserrat?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and cheap plastic adapters which allow a power plug on an appliance from a different region to correctly fit into an electic outlet in Montserrat.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [4].

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from another location to use electronic appliances in Montserrat by changing the shape of the plug to fit the power socket.

Do I need a power adapter in Montserrat?

If the power outlet in your home country is different to the shape of the power outlet in Montserrat then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Montserrat from the US?

An American plug won't require an adapter as it can fit into a Montserratian power outlet however the voltage is different so use a power converter for Montserrat if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage in Montserrat?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Montserratian power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device you also need to bring a step down power converter for Montserrat along with the right adapter.

Montserrat power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Montserrat?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Montserrat?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can identify the power outlet by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify the wall outlet by the two thin slots parallel to each other where the short twin blades go with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the grounded pin.

What voltage is used in a Montserratian power outlet?

The normal residential voltage from a Montserratian power outlet is 230 volts.

Do US plugs work in Montserrat?

Maybe - a US plug will fit into a Montserratian power outlet so doesn't need an adapter, however the voltage is 230 volts therefore use a power converter for Montserrat if your device isn't dual voltage.

What frequency is used in a Montserratian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current in a Montserratian power outlet is 60 Hz.

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

A US plug will fit into power outlets in Montserrat, the frequency is the same as America however the voltage is different so please use a power converter for Montserrat if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

Is an electrical power outlet in the Caribbean Islands the same as a power outlet for Montserrat?

The Caribbean

Is an electrical power outlet in the Caribbean Islands the same as a power outlet for Montserrat?

Different countries throughout The Caribbean use different power outlet types and voltages, a plug which works with a Montserratian power outlet might not function correctly or fit in an outlet on another island. When travelling to more than one country in The Caribbean you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [6] containing all types of power adapters, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter [7] as both these options should make sure you're covered for most different power outlet types that you might find.

Because different islands in The Caribbean use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, a plug that can be used in Montserrat might not operate on another island. Before travelling read these pages for more guides on what you can 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.

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

The voltage which comes from a Montserratian power outlet is 230 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. If your American appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you need a suitable power converter for a Montserratian power outlet which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 220-240 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Montserrat?

To use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in a Montserratian power outlet you will need to bring a step down power converter.

Montserrat 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 Montserrat?

When travelling with more than just one device or visiting more than one country the best travel charger for Montserrat to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Montserratians use two different standards of plug sockets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your type of device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel chargers or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling to Montserrat we recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Montserrat?

Why use a travel USB charger for Montserrat?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Travel USB chargers will include interchangeable plug heads for different countries. This is suitable if visiting different countries across North America which will probably use a different outlet to Montserrat.
  • A good charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; perfect for rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to replace in Montserrat.
  • USB travel chargers will accept both the 230 volts used in Montserrat power outlets plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Montserrat only have a single wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure gates can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone in Montserrat could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also feature power outlet strips to allow you to power multiple low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our guide on using travel appliances with a Montserratian power outlet for guidelines and advice on the best power adapter to use with a Montserratian power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cell phones could require more than the standard 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium model USB chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every night using only one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Montserrat?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come 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 most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Montserrat.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Montserrat.

Power converters for Montserrat

What is a power converter?

A power converter allows you to use a 100-120 volt electric appliance with a 230 volt Montserratian power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [10] will transform a 230 volt Montserratian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, however a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [9] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Montserrat.

Do I need a power converter for Montserrat?

When travelling to Montserrat from a different country please ensure your device can be charged using a 230 volt power supply.

  • You need a step down power converter [11] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. See our list of world power outlets page to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage appliance that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed to use a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and used in a 230 volt power outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [11] is used.
  • You don't need a converter if you are attempting to charge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [12] to allow it to be used with a 230 volt Montserratian power outlet.
  • Purchasing a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than investing in a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance in Montserrat.
  • Read these travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hair straighteners and hairdryers in Montserratian power outlets which includes recommendations on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Montserrat if I'm travelling from the US?

The voltage from a power outlet in Montserrat is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore use a step down power converter [11] if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Montserrat?

If you wish to use any 100-120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Montserratian power outlet you will need to buy a step down power converter [11].

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

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a power 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.

What voltage does Montserrat use?

Montserrat uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [11] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Montserratian 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 Montserrat before plugging that into a Montserratian 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 Montserratian power outlet.
How to tell the voltage of your device

Single voltage hair straighteners

How to tell the voltage of your device

One method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the charger or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord plugs into. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your unit and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have 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 voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

What can I connect to a Montserratian power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Montserratian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Montserratian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Montserratian power outlet

Mobile phones that work with a Montserratian power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a Montserratian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Montserratian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Montserrat, 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 [13].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montserrat - Montserratian country Wiki page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B 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. Multiple power adapter travel set - 12 piece grounded international travel plug adapter set .
  7. 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.
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets