Montserrat power adapters - what plugs are used in Montserrat?

Montserratian power outlet

Summary

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 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 [2]. 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

Do I need a plug adapter in Montserrat?

If the shape of the power outlet in Montserrat isn't the same as the outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter. An American plug will not need a plug adapter because it will already fit in a Montserratian power outlet however the voltage is different so please use a power converter for Montserrat if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Montserrat?

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

What is the best power adapter for Montserrat?

Montserrat power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Montserrat?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise this wall socket by two slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type B - The wall socket (technically called a type B power outlet) is identified by two slots adjacent to each other where the two plug socket blades sit with a hole below for the earth pin.
What kind of outlets are in Montserrat?

What voltage is used in Montserrat?

The typical residential voltage in Montserrat is 230 volts.

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 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.

Montserrat 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 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 [5]. 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 [5] 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 the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Montserrat?

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [7] will transform a 230 volt Montserratian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, however a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [6] (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 voltage converter for Montserrat?

When you are travelling to Montserrat from another country make sure that the device can be used with a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it up.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Montserrat from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

How to tell the voltage of your device

Dual voltage hair dryer

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 diffence) 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.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Montserratian 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 Montserratian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Montserratian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that work with a Montserratian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with a Montserratian 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 work with a Montserratian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Montserratian 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 Montserratian 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/Montserrat - Montserratian country Wiki page.
  2. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B 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.