The US Virgin Islands power adapters - what plugs are used in The US Virgin Islands?

Virgin Islands power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting The US Virgin Islands will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a Virgin Islands power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device can use then please read the section on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 110 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Virgin Islands power outlet then you can use it in The US Virgin Islands without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Virgin Islands power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The US Virgin Islands such a Type B plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for The US Virgin Islands (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The US Virgin Islands, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 110 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 110 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for The US Virgin Islands to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for The US Virgin Islands if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you want to recharge your USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited 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 will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for The US Virgin Islands.

Warning: If your device won't handle 110 volts used in The US Virgin Islands you run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your device in The US Virgin Islands read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in The US Virgin Islands. This page contains links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in The US Virgin Islands by using their Type B or A Virgin Islands 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets. You'll discover power will change depending on which region you are visiting so please read the World power adapters page for a complete list of countries. We also recommend referring to the The US Virgin Islands Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details.

The US Virgin Islands power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in The US Virgin Islands?

It will depend on the type of plug you wish to use in The US Virgin Islands. An American plug won't require a power adapter because it will fit into a Virgin Islands power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for The US Virgin Islands?

The best power adapter for The US Virgin Islands is a Type B power adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 110 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for The US Virgin Islands?

The US Virgin Islands power outlets

What type of outlets are in The US Virgin Islands?

There are two different types of power supply used in The US Virgin Islands, these are type B and A with the primary power outlets being type B:

  • Plug Type A - The plug socket, also called a type A power outlet, can be identified by the two adjacent slots next to each other where the pins go.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise the plug supply by two thin slots with a single hole below for the longer ground pin.
What type of outlets are in The US Virgin Islands?

What is the voltage in The US Virgin Islands?

The typical voltage in The US Virgin Islands is 110 volts.

Is the voltage in The US Virgin Islands the same as in the US?

The voltage from a Virgin Islands power outlet is 110 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. Although these are similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your American charger or appliance supports voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it can handle dual voltage.

Is an outlet in The US Virgin Islands the same as the US?

An American plug will fit into a Virgin Islands power outlet, both the frequency and voltage range are the identical to the US.

What is the frequency used with a Virgin Islands power outlet?

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

The US Virgin Islands 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 The US Virgin Islands?

If you are travelling with more than just one device then the best travel charger for The US Virgin Islands to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Virgin Islanders use (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. This will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here 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 The US Virgin Islands?

Why use a travel USB charger for The US Virgin Islands?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices, thereby reducing the weight of your baggage.
  • All travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for various countries making them ideal if visiting different countries across North America which are likely to use a different standard to The US Virgin Islands.
  • A good USB charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing along a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair or replace in The US Virgin Islands.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 110 volts used in The US Virgin Islands power outlets along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotel rooms or accommodation in The US Virgin Islands might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the worry out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices connected to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in The US Virgin Islands might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Premium USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to power low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but please be aware these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the section on using travel appliances in The US Virgin Islands for useful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for using a high powered appliances in a Virgin Islands power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could require more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices require additional power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple cell phones on an overnight basis using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for The US Virgin Islands?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both The US Virgin Islands and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 converter for travellers originating from North America going to The US Virgin Islands 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 and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 most travellers from around the world visiting The US Virgin Islands.

Power converters for The US Virgin Islands

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter for The US Virgin Islands?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter for The US Virgin Islands?

An expensive and bulky power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 110 volts from a Virgin Islands power outlet to work with a non-110 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and smaller power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet in The US Virgin Islands.

Do I need a voltage converter for The US Virgin Islands?

When you are visiting The US Virgin Islands from another country please make sure that your device can be used with a 110 volt supply.

  • If your device charges slowly or does not power up when visiting The US Virgin Islands from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that your device is dual voltage (normally marked with 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 The US Virgin Islands 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 110 volts.

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

What voltage is my device?

Single voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my device?

The easiest way to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power adapter or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your appliance, it should 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 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Virgin Islands 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 Virgin Islands power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Virgin Islands power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can connect to a Virgin Islands power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Virgin Islands 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 Virgin Islands power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Virgin Islands 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 Virgin Islands 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/US_Virgin_Islands - Virgin Islands wikipedia 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.