Barbuda power adapters - what plugs are used in Barbuda?

Barbudan power outlet

Summary

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 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 [2]. 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

Do I need a plug adapter for Barbuda?

If the type of plug outlet in Barbuda is different to the power plug you are using then you will need a power adapter. An American plug won't require a power adapter because it already fits in a Barbudan power outlet however the voltage is different so please use a power converter for Barbuda if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Barbuda?

The best power adapter for Barbuda will be a Type B power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Barbuda?

Barbuda power outlets

What type of outlets are in Barbuda?

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

  • Plug Type A - This unearthed wall supply (also called the type A power outlet) can be recognised by the two thin adjacent slots where the twin plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type B - This power socket (called a type B power outlet) is recognised by the two slots where the twin plug socket blades go with a semicircular shaped hole below for the grounded pin.
What type of outlets are in Barbuda?

What is the voltage in Barbuda?

The common voltage in Barbuda is 230 volts.

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 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 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 [5]. 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 [5] 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 the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter for Barbuda?

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] 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 [6] (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 voltage converter for Barbuda?

When you are visiting Barbuda from a different region please ensure that the device can accept a 230v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Barbuda from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

Read the 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 Barbudan 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 Barbudan power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Barbudan power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Barbudan power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

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

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Barbudan 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 Barbudan 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/Antigua_and_Barbuda - Barbuda 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/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451321648&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011%5Cc2888054011&rnid=2887998011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=A6EA2MIBWUPLQKJD - Step Down 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.