Saint Kitts power adapters - what plugs are used in Saint Kitts?

St Kitts power outlet

What adapter do I need for Saint Kitts?

You need to use a Type G plug adapter [3] for Saint Kitts if your plug won't fit into a St Kitts power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Saint Kitts all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a St Kitts power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device uses then read the section about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you're travelling to Saint Kitts from the US then we recommend bringing a power adapter for Saint Kitts as US Type A or Type B outlets might not commonly be used. Because the voltage is different in Saint Kitts use a power converter for Saint Kitts if your device isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a St Kitts power outlet then you can use it in Saint Kitts.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a St Kitts power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Saint Kitts such a Type G plug adapter [3]. Note that a plug adapter for Saint Kitts (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Saint Kitts, but can't convert the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Saint Kitts to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Saint Kitts if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a cell phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, however make sure that you bring one which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Saint Kitts.

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

Saint Kitts power adapters

Power adapters for Saint Kitts

If you are organizing a vacation to Saint Kitts it can be useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use all your vital electronics that you are bringing along with you. Without knowing which wall socket is being used you may bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to purchase a suitable charger when you're there. Different voltages and sockets can often be confusing when planning on travelling to another country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Saint Kitts. This page has links to step-by-step instructions telling you exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're visiting Saint Kitts by using the standard Type G, A, B or D 230 volt 60Hz power outlets, Type G plug outlets will be typically used by a majority of Kittitian. Most power adapters will change depending on which area you visiting therefore please read our Wikiconnections travel power adapters guide for a full list showing powering devices in different destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Saint Kitts?

The best power adapter for Saint Kitts is a Type G power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Saint Kitts?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that allow an electic socket in Saint Kitts to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a different region.

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

Do I need a plug adapter in Saint Kitts?

If the power plug you are using is different to the shape of the St Kitts power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for Saint Kitts if I'm visiting from America?

A US Type A or Type B power outlet might not readily be available in Saint Kitts so it is advisable to use a suitable plug adapter for Saint Kitts, however because the voltage is 230 volts you will definitely need to use a power converter for Saint Kitts to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or charger if it isn't dual voltage.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a St Kitts power outlet?

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt St Kitts power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device then you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter along with the correct type of power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from another country to use electrical appliances in Saint Kitts simply by changing the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Saint Kitts?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Saint Kitts?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Saint Kitts power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Saint Kitts?

There are four types of power outlets used in Saint Kitts, types G, A, B and D with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the plug socket by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type B - This wall outlet (technically known as a type B power outlet) can be identified by the two thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the slightly longer ground pin.
  • Plug Type D - This power socket (called a type D power outlet) can be recognised by the three holes in a triangle shape.
  • Plug Type G - This wall outlet (also called a type G power outlet) can be identified by the three vertical slots with shutters forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground.
What plug sockets are used in Saint Kitts?

Do US plugs work in Saint Kitts?

No - because the voltage is different you will need to bring a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage. We suggest using all types of plug adapters for Saint Kitts as American Type A or B outlets might not readily be found.

Is the voltage in Saint Kitts the same as the US?

The voltage in Saint Kitts is 230 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. If your US appliance or charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for a St Kitts power outlet which can change the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

Is a St Kitts power outlet the same as the US?

Even though US Type A or Type B power outlets could possibly be available in Saint Kitts it is recommended to use a suitable plug adapter for Saint Kitts. The frequency is the same as America however the voltage is different so use a power converter for Saint Kitts if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Saint Kitts?

To use a 110 volt appliance in a St Kitts power outlet you need to use a step down power converter.

What is the frequency used in a St Kitts power outlet?

The frequency from a St Kitts power outlet is 60Hz.

Is an electrical power outlet for the Caribbean Islands the same as a St Kitts power outlet?

The Caribbean

Is an electrical power outlet for the Caribbean Islands the same as a St Kitts power outlet?

Different islands in The Caribbean use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug which can be used in Saint Kitts might not work correctly or fit in another island. When travelling to more than one island in The Caribbean you should either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [6] consisting of every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [7] as both these options should ensure you are covered for most different power outlet types that you may find on each island.

Because each island in The Caribbean uses different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug which works with a St Kitts power outlet might not operate properly with an outlet on another island. For further details on what to expect when preparing to travel we've put together similar instructions to this page 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.

Saint Kitts 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 Saint Kitts?

If travelling with more than one device or visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Saint Kitts to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Kittitian use four different standards of plug sockets (G, A, B and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A and G. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power chargers or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Saint Kitts?

Why use a travel USB charger for Saint Kitts?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only bringing one USB wall charger rather than bringing several different USB chargers.
  • Travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal when visiting different countries across North America which are likely to use different standards to Saint Kitts.
  • Good USB travel chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Saint Kitts.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 230 volt power outlets in Saint Kitts along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that some hotels in Saint Kitts only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Saint Kitts might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in low powered devices such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances in Saint Kitts for useful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices with a St Kitts power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices need extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by recharging multiple cell phones every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Saint Kitts?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Saint Kitts using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Saint Kitts.

Power converters for Saint Kitts

What is a power converter for Saint Kitts?

A power converter enables travellers to use their 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt St Kitts 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 plug adapter for Saint Kitts?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Saint Kitts, however an expensive and bulkier power converter [9] will transform the voltage of 230 volts from a St Kitts power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Saint Kitts?

When you are travelling to Saint Kitts from another region please ensure your device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [10] if you are visiting Saint Kitts from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device is incompatible with 230 volts. See our WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which are designed to use a lower voltage such as 120 volts and then used in a 230 volt power outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [11] to allow the appliance to be used with a 230 volt St Kitts power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to use a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a much heavier high wattage power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our guides on using clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers in Saint Kitts , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Saint Kitts if I'm from the US?

The 230 volts used in a wall outlet in Saint Kitts is different to a US supply so use a step down power converter [10] if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Saint Kitts?

If you need to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Saint Kitts you will need to use a step down power converter [10].

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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 [10] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt St Kitts 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 Saint Kitts before plugging that into a St Kitts 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 St Kitts power outlet.

What voltage is used in Saint Kitts?

Saint Kitts uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets.

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

The method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power adapter or on the unit itself, typically on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord sits. The location will depend on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box.

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

What can I connect to a St Kitts power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a St Kitts power outlet

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Mobile phones which work with the St Kitts power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a St Kitts power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Saint Kitts, 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 [12].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Kitts_and_Nevis - Saint Kitts entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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 - 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. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets