Trinidad power adapters - what plugs are used in Trinidad?

Trinidad power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Trinidad all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Trinidad power outlet. If you're unsure of which voltage your device can use then please read the section below on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • If your device can run on 115 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Trinidad power outlet then it should work in Trinidad without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 115 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Trinidad power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Trinidad such a Type B plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Trinidad (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Trinidad, but isn't designed 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 will also need a power converter for Trinidad to convert the voltage from 115 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Trinidad if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you want to power one or more USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Trinidad.

Warning: If your device won't handle 115 volts you run a risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in Trinidad check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

If organizing to travel it can be useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use your vital electronics like mobile phones and tablets 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 on arrival. Differing voltages and standards 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 power your electronics in Trinidad. 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 in Trinidad by using the standard Type B or A 115 volt 60Hz power outlets, Type B plug outlets will be typically used by a majority of Trinidadians. 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 regions. We also recommend referring to the Trinidad Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details.

Trinidad power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for Trinidad?

If the outlet in your home country is different to the shape of the Trinidad power outlet then you will need a power adapter. A US plug will not require a plug adapter as it will fit into a Trinidad power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for Trinidad?

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

What is the best power adapter for Trinidad?

Trinidad power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Trinidad?

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

  • Plug Type A - This plug socket, technically called a type A power outlet, is recognised by 2 slots next to each other.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify the plug socket by 2 slots parallel to each other with a single hole below for the long earthed pin.
What plug sockets are used in Trinidad?

What is the voltage in Trinidad?

The common voltage in Trinidad is 115 volts.

Are outlets in Trinidad the same as US?

A US plug will fit into a Trinidad power outlet, both the voltage range and frequency are the identical to the US.

What is the frequency used in a Trinidad power outlet?

The frequency from a Trinidad power outlet is 60Hz.

Is the voltage in Trinidad the same as in the US?

The voltage in Trinidad is 115 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. Even though these are very similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your US charger or appliance supports voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

Trinidad 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 Trinidad?

When travelling with more than one device and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Trinidad is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Trinidadians use two different standards of wall outlets (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 included heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Trinidad. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. 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 and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Trinidad?

Why use a travel USB charger for Trinidad?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weightand size of your baggage by only bringing one USB wall charger rather than bringing several different USB power chargers.
  • Most travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting other countries across North America which are likely to use different standards to Trinidad.
  • Good USB travel chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair or replace in Trinidad.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 115 volt power outlets in Trinidad and other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that hotel bedrooms in Trinidad only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of 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 practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be scarce and demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Trinidad might prove difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB chargers also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, howeverthese will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the section on using travel appliances in Trinidad for useful advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Trinidad power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain mobile phones could require more than the standard 500 mA supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices need extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by charging multiple cell phones and tablets every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Trinidad?

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 Trinidad 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 Trinidad.

Power converters for Trinidad

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 115 volts from a Trinidad power outlet to work with a non-115 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Trinidad.

Do I need a power converter for Trinidad?

When travelling to Trinidad from another country please check that your device can be used with a 115 volt supply.

  • If your device charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Trinidad from another region check that it is compatible with a 115 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts either take longer to charge or won't turn on, check the 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 Trinidad 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?

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.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Trinidad 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 Trinidad power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Trinidad power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Trinidad power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a Trinidad 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 Trinidad power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Trinidad 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 Trinidad 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 - Trinidad entry on wikipedia.org.
  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.