Tobago power adapters - what plugs are used in Tobago?

Tobagonian power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Tobago will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a Tobagonian power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device uses then please read the section below about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • If your device is 115 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Tobagonian power outlet then it should work in Tobago without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 115 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Tobagonian power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Tobago such a Type B plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Tobago (or power adapter) will only change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Tobago, but but is unable to change the voltage from 115 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 115 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Tobago to convert the voltage from 115 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Tobago if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power your USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose one which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Tobago.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 115 volts used in Tobago you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in Tobago read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

If packing for a trip it can be helpful to know if you'll be able to power any gadgets such as cell phones or laptop computers when you're there. But, without knowing which power socket is being used you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore having to buy a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive. Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to visit 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 power your electronics in Tobago. This page contains links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when going to Tobago by using the B or A type 115 volt 60Hz plug outlets, a majority of Tobagonians normally use the Type B plugs in their power outlets. Most power adapters will vary regionally so we suggest that you read the Wiki Connections global power adapters guide where you'll find a full list showing charging devices in different destinations. We also recommend referring to the Tobago Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details.

Tobago power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Tobago?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in Tobago. An American plug won't need a plug adapter because it already fits in a Tobagonian power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for Tobago?

The best power adapter for Tobago will be a Type B power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 115 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Tobago?

Tobago power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Tobago?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the plug supply by two thin adjacent slots where the plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type B - This power socket (called a type B power outlet) is recognised by the 2 slots next to each other with a single hole below for the long earthed pin.
What kind of outlets are in Tobago?

What is the voltage in Tobago?

The voltage in Tobago is 115 volts.

What is the frequency used in a Tobagonian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Tobagonian power outlet is 60Hz.

Is the voltage in Tobago the same as the US?

The voltage in Tobago is 115 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. Although these are very similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your American charger or appliance can support voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

Are outlets in Tobago the same as US?

An American plug will fit into outlets in Tobago, both the voltage range and frequency are the identical to the US.

Tobago 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 Tobago?

When you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Tobago is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two different types of plug sockets that Tobagonians use (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads over. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your Tobagonian trip. Because you are only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Tobago?

Why use a travel USB charger for Tobago?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps cut down on the weightand size of your luggage by only needing to pack one USB wall charger instead of bringing numerous individual USB power chargers with you.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for various power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting different countries across North America which are likely to use different standards to Tobago.
  • Good USB chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be impossible to replace in Tobago.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 115 volts used in Tobago power outlets along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some accommodation or hotel rooms in Tobago might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airport departure gates can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Tobago might prove difficult and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered devices such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our section on using travel appliances with a Tobagonian power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in a Tobagonian power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cell phones might require more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase some of your devices require additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple cellphones and tablets every day using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Tobago?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Tobago using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 the 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Tobago.

Power converters for Tobago

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in Tobago, however a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] converts a 115 volt Tobagonian power outlet to work with a non-115 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Tobago?

When you are visiting Tobago from another region please ensure your device can be used with a 115v supply.

  • If your device does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Tobago from another country please check that it is compatible with a 115 volt power supply. Devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, check your device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are normally indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to ensure safe and proper use when powering devices.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are visiting Tobago from a higher 230 volt country you will need to use a bulkier Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 115 volts.

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

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

Single voltage hair straighteners 2

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

The way to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power adapter or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord plugs into. The location might depend on the make and model of your unit but could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (20 volts diffence) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Tobagonian 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 Tobagonian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Tobagonian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Tobagonian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which work with the Tobagonian 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 can connect to a Tobagonian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Tobagonian 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 Tobagonian 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/Trinidad_%26_Tobago - Tobago Wikipedia web 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/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451325551&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=HWUDRS5BKFQ75ACA - Step Up 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.