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

St Vincentian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Saint Vincent?

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 you are planning on travelling to Saint Vincent from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a St Vincentian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Saint Vincent you will also need to bring a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • 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 [3]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Saint Vincent?

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

What is the best power adapter for Saint Vincent?

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 Saint Vincent.

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 Saint Vincent by changing the shape of the plug to fit the power socket.

Do I need a power adapter in Saint Vincent?

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

Will I need a power adapter for Saint Vincent if I'm visiting from America?

If you are visiting from America you will need to use a plug adapter for Saint Vincent because American plugs won't physically fit in a St Vincentian power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Saint Vincent if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage in Saint Vincent?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt St Vincentian 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 Saint Vincent along with the right adapter.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Saint Vincent?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Saint Vincent?

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 Vincent power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Saint Vincent?

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

  • Plug Type C - This unearthed plug outlet is identified by two holes adjacent to each other where the two plug socket pins slide into.
  • Plug Type E - This recessed round wall socket can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins go along with one long metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangle pattern.
  • Plug Type G - The wall socket (technically called a type G power outlet) can be recognised by 3 rectangular slots forming a triangular configuration.
  • Plug Type I - You can recognise the wall socket by three slots in a triangle shape with the top pair of slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and ground.
  • Plug Type K - This power socket, also known as a type K power outlet, can be identified by 3 large holes forming an inverted triangular shape for live, neutral and earth.
What plug sockets are used in Saint Vincent?

What voltage is used in a St Vincentian power outlet?

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

Do US plugs work in Saint Vincent?

No - a US plug won't work in Saint Vincent because it can't fit into a St Vincentian power outlet without the use of a power adapter. The voltage is different so you need to use a power converter for Saint Vincent if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

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.

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

The Caribbean

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

Different countries throughout The Caribbean use different power outlet types and voltages, a plug which works with a St Vincentian 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 Saint Vincent 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.

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

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

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 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 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 [8]. 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 [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 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 a power converter?

A power converter allows you to use a 100-120 volt electric appliance with a 230 volt St Vincentian 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 Saint Vincent?

An expensive and heavy power converter [10] 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 [9] (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 power converter for Saint Vincent?

When travelling to Saint Vincent 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 St Vincentian 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 Saint Vincent.
  • Read these travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hair straighteners and hairdryers in St Vincentian power outlets which includes recommendations on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a power outlet in Saint Vincent 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 Saint Vincent?

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

What voltage does Saint Vincent use?

Saint Vincent 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 St Vincentian 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 Vincent before plugging that into a St Vincentian 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 Vincentian power outlet.
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.
How to tell the voltage of your device

Single 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 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 St Vincentian power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a St Vincentian power outlet

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

Mobile phones that work with a St Vincentian power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a St Vincentian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a St Vincentian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Saint Vincent, 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/St._Vincent_and_the_Grenadines - St Vincentian country Wiki page.
  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 - 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