Barbuda power adapters - what plugs are used in Barbuda?

Barbudan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Barbuda?

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Barbuda all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power in a Barbudan power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device can use then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If you're from the US visiting Barbuda then appliances and devices with US plugs will fit into a Barbudan power outlet without requiring an adapter, however the voltage is 230 volts therefore please bring a power converter for Barbuda if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Barbudan power outlet then it can work in Barbuda.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Barbudan power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Barbuda such a Type B plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Barbuda (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Barbuda, but but is unable to change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Barbuda to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Barbuda if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to bring your USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Barbuda.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run the risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in Barbuda please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Barbuda. This page has links to useful instructions demonstrating exactly how to charge your devices when you're visiting Barbuda using their standard types B or A Barbudan 230 volt 60Hz plug outlets. 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 Barbuda Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details.

Barbuda power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Barbuda?

The best power adapter for Barbuda will be a Type B power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Barbuda?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that allow an electic socket in Barbuda 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].

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Barbudan power outlet?

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Barbudan power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device then you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter along with the correct type of power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter in Barbuda?

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

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

A US plug does not need an adapter as it can already fit in a Barbudan power outlet however the voltage is different so use a power converter for Barbuda if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter do?

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

Barbuda power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Barbuda?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Barbuda?

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

  • Plug Type A - The 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 thin slots adjacent to each other where the short twin blades sit with a single hole below for the long earthed pin.

What voltage is used in a Barbudan power outlet?

The voltage from a Barbudan power outlet is 230 volts.

Do US plugs work in Barbuda?

Maybe - a US plug will fit into a Barbudan power outlet and does not need a power adapter, however the voltage is different so use a power converter if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Barbuda?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110 volt appliance in a Barbudan power outlet.

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

The Caribbean

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

Different islands in The Caribbean use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug which can be used in Barbuda 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 [5] consisting of every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [6] 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 Barbudan 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.

Is the voltage in Barbuda the same as the US?

The voltage in Barbuda is 230 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. If your US appliance or charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for a Barbudan power outlet which can change the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

Is an electrical outlet in Barbuda the same as the US?

An American plug will fit into outlets used in Barbuda, the frequency is the same as America however the voltage is different so use a power converter for Barbuda if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What is the frequency used in a Barbudan power outlet?

The frequency from a Barbudan power outlet is 60Hz.

Barbuda 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 Barbuda?

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just one device the best travel power adapter for Barbuda to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Barbudans use (types B and A) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, and support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters or using up additional power outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Barbuda?

Why use a travel USB charger for Barbuda?

  • 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 South America which are likely to use different standards to Barbuda.
  • 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 Barbuda.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 230 volt power outlets in Barbuda and other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that hotel bedrooms in Barbuda 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 Barbuda 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 Barbuda for useful advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Barbudan 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 Barbuda?

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 Barbuda 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 Barbuda.

Power converters for Barbuda

What is a power converter for Barbuda?

A power converter enables travellers to use their 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt Barbudan 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 Barbuda?

A heavy and bulky power converter [10] will transform the voltage of 230 volts from a Barbudan power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [9] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Barbuda.

Do I need a power converter for Barbuda?

When you are travelling to Barbuda from another region please ensure your device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [11] if you are visiting Barbuda from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device is incompatible with 230 volts. See our WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which are designed to use a lower voltage such as 120 volts and then used in a 230 volt power outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [12] to allow the appliance to be used with a 230 volt Barbudan power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to use a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a much heavier high wattage power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our guides on using clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers in Barbuda , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The 230 volts used in a wall outlet in Barbuda is different to a US supply so use a step down power converter [11] if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Barbuda?

If you want to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Barbuda you will need a step down power converter [11].

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 Barbudan 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 Barbuda before plugging that into a Barbudan 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 Barbudan power outlet.

What voltage is used in Barbuda?

Barbuda uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets.

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 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 Barbudan power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Barbudan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Barbudan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Barbudan power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Barbudan power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a Barbudan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Barbudan power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Barbuda, 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/Antigua_and_Barbuda - Barbuda 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. Multiple power adapter travel set - 12 piece grounded international travel plug adapter set .
  6. 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.
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  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