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

St Vincentian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Saint Vincent all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a St Vincentian 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 St Vincentian power outlet then you can use it in Saint Vincent without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a St Vincentian power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Saint Vincent such a Type G plug adapter [2]. Note that a plug adapter for Saint Vincent (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Saint Vincent, 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 you'll also need a power converter for Saint Vincent 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 Saint Vincent if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type G 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 G plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Saint Vincent.

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 Saint Vincent check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

When packing for a holiday to Saint Vincent it can be helpful to know if you can power your devices like mobiles and laptops when you're there. However, without knowing which wall socket is used in Saint Vincent you could end up either having to bring too many adaptors or pack the wrong power charger, therefore needing to borrow a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause problems with your device. Complicated combinations of voltages and standards can all lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Saint Vincent. This page contains links to useful instructions showing you exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when visiting Saint Vincent using the standard G, C, E, I or K type St Vincentian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note Type G plug outlets are typically used by most St Vincentians. You'll find that power adapters will change from region to region so please read the Wiki Connections travel power adapters list where you'll find a full list showing regions. We recommend reading the Saint Vincent Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information.

Saint Vincent power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Saint Vincent?

It will depend on the type of plug you want to use and the location you are travelling from. An American plug won't fit in a St Vincentian power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Saint Vincent, and as the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to bring a power converter for Saint Vincent if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Saint Vincent?

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

What is the best power adapter for Saint Vincent?

Saint Vincent power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Saint Vincent?

There are five types of power outlets used in Saint Vincent, these are type G, C, E, I and K with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - The wall socket, technically called the type C socket, can be identified by the 2 circular adjacent holes where the twin pins go.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise the wall socket by two large holes 19mm apart from each other with a single metal grounding pin protruding the top in a triangular shape.
  • Plug Type G - You can identify the power supply by the 3 vertical holes with plastic shutters forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  • Plug Type I - This power socket, also known as a type I power outlet, can be recognised by 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth blades.
  • Plug Type K - You can recognise the wall socket by the three holes in a triangle shape with the bottom hole being in a semicircular shape.
What kind of outlets are in Saint Vincent?

What voltage is used in Saint Vincent?

The typical residential voltage in Saint Vincent is 230 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in a St Vincentian power outlet?

The frequency of the current used in a St Vincentian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Are St Vincentian power outlets the same as in the US?

US plugs won't fit in a St Vincentian power outlet so you will need to use a power adapter for Saint Vincent. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Saint Vincent and check that it works with a 50hz power supply.

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

The voltage which comes from a St Vincentian 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 St Vincentian power outlet which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 220-240 volt outlet.

Saint Vincent 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 Saint Vincent?

When travelling with more than just one device or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Saint Vincent to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are five standards of plug sockets that St Vincentians use (types G, C, E, I and K) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

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

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel chargers for your St Vincentian trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing 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 adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Saint Vincent 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 Saint Vincent?

Why use a travel USB charger for Saint Vincent?

  • 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 Saint Vincent.
  • 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 Saint Vincent.
  • USB travel chargers will accept both the 230 volts used in Saint Vincent power outlets plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Saint Vincent 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 Saint Vincent 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 St Vincentian power outlet for guidelines and advice on the best power adapter to use with a St Vincentian 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 Saint Vincent?

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 Saint Vincent.
  • 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 Saint Vincent.

Power converters for Saint Vincent

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [7] will transform a 230 volt St Vincentian 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 Saint Vincent.

Do I need a voltage converter for Saint Vincent?

When visiting Saint Vincent from another country ensure the device can be used with a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Saint Vincent from a lower 110 volt location 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 St Vincentian 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 St Vincentian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a St Vincentian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that work with a St Vincentian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with a St Vincentian 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 St Vincentian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a St Vincentian 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 St Vincentian 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/St._Vincent_and_the_Grenadines - St Vincentian country Wiki page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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.