Trinidad power adapters - what plugs are used in Trinidad?

Trinidad power outlet

What adapter do I need for Trinidad?

Use a Type B plug adapter [3] for Trinidad if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit in a Trinidad power outlet.

The type of plug 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 attempting 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 you're travelling to Trinidad from the US then all US devices and appliances should charge without a power converter or an adapter. One suggestion however is to pack a USB travel power adapter as it will allow you to power multiple devices by only packing one power charger.
  • If your device is 115 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Trinidad power outlet then it will 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 you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Trinidad such a Type B plug adapter [3]. 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 can't change the voltage from 115 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 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 bring along a suitable plug adapter for Trinidad if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you need 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 still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Trinidad.

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

Trinidad power adapters

Power adapters for Trinidad

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.

What is the best power adapter for Trinidad?

The best power adapter for Trinidad will be a Type B plug adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 115 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Trinidad?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that allow an electic socket in Trinidad 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 Trinidad?

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

Do I need a power adapter for Trinidad if I'm visiting from the US?

An American plug won't need a plug adapter because it already fits in a Trinidad power outlet.

What does a power adapter do?

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

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Trinidad?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 115 volt Trinidad power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use any 220-240 volt device you also need to bring a more expensive step up power converter.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Trinidad?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Trinidad?

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.

Trinidad power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Trinidad?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Trinidad?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades.
  • Plug Type B - This wall outlet (technically called 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.

Do US plugs work in Trinidad?

Yes, an American plug will work in Trinidad and does not need an adapter or power converter.

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.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Trinidad?

To use a 220V appliance in a Trinidad power outlet you need to use a step up power converter.

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.

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

The Caribbean

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

Different islands in The Caribbean use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug which can be used in Trinidad 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 Trinidad 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.

Trinidad 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 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 [8]. 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 [8] 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, 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 Trinidad.
  • 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 Trinidad.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 115 volt power outlets in Trinidad along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that some hotels in Trinidad 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 Trinidad 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 Trinidad for useful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices with a Trinidad 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 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 a power converter for a Trinidad power outlet?

A power converter for Trinidad will enable travellers to use a 220-240 volt electric appliance with a 115 volt Trinidad 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 Trinidad?

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 Trinidad, however an expensive and bulkier power converter [9] will transform the voltage of 115 volts from a Trinidad power outlet to work with a non-115 volt appliance.

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 power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [10] if you are visiting Trinidad from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device is incompatible with 115 volts. See our WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 115 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts and then used in a 115 volt power outlet sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up. If your device charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Trinidad from a different region check that it can be used with a 115 volt power supply otherwise you will need to bring a step up power converter [10].
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [11] which allows the appliance to be used with a 115 volt Trinidad power outlet.
  • Investing a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance will be more practical and cost effective than bringing a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and blow dryers with a Trinidad power outlet , along with advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

A US plug does not need a power converter because the voltage from a Trinidad power outlet is in the same 100-120 volt range as America.

What kind of converter do I need for Trinidad?

You will need to buy a step up power converter [10] to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Trinidad.

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 115 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [10] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 115 volt Trinidad 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 Trinidad before plugging that into a Trinidad 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 from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 115 volt Trinidad power outlet.

What voltage is used in Trinidad?

Trinidad uses 115 volts in their normal power outlets.

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

Single voltage hair straighteners

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 Trinidad power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Trinidad power outlet

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Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Trinidad power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Trinidad power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a Trinidad power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Trinidad power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Trinidad, 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/Trinidad_%26_Tobago - Trinidad entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B 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 up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 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. 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.
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets