Suriname power adapters - what plugs are used in Suriname?

Surinamese power outlet

What adapter do I need for Suriname?

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Suriname all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power with a Surinamese 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 planning on travelling to Suriname from America then you will need to use a power adapter to fit a US plug in a Surinamese power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 127 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Surinamese power outlet then it can work in Suriname.
  • If your device can run on 127 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Surinamese power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Suriname such a Type F plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Suriname (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Suriname, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 127 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 127 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Suriname to convert the voltage from 127 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Suriname if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power one or more 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 make sure that you choose to bring one which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Suriname.

Warning: If your device won't handle 127 volts you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Suriname read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning to visit a different country especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Suriname. This page has links to instructions showing you exactly how to charge your devices when you're visiting Suriname using the standard types F or C Surinamese 127 volt 60Hz power outlets. You'll discover power will change depending on which area you are visiting so we recommend reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries. We recommend reading the Suriname Wikipedia page [1] for more details prior to the area.

Suriname power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Suriname?

The best power adapter for Suriname is a Type F power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 127 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Suriname?

What is a power adapter for Surinamese power outlet?

A power adapter for Suriname is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits an electrical socket in Suriname 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].

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from a different country to use electrical appliances and devices in Suriname simply by adapting the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter in Suriname?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in Suriname.

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Suriname?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 127 volt Surinamese power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use a 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance then you will also need a more expensive step up power converter for Suriname along with the correct power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Suriname from America?

If you are visiting from the US then use a power adapter for Suriname because a US plug won't physically fit into a Surinamese power outlet.

Suriname power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Suriname?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Suriname?

There are two types of power supply used in Suriname, these are type F and C with the primary power supply being type F:

  • Plug Type C - This unearthed wall socket (known as the Europlug) can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type F - This circular plug socket can be identified by the two large round adjacent holes where the twin plug socket pins go and two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.

What is the voltage from a Surinamese power outlet?

The common voltage from a Surinamese power outlet is 127 volts.

Do US plugs work in Suriname?

No - an American plug won't work in Suriname because it doesn't fit in a Surinamese power outlet without the use of a power adapter.

What is the frequency used in a Surinamese power outlet?

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

Is the voltage in Suriname the same as the US?

The voltage in Suriname is 127 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. Although these are very similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your American charger or appliance can support voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

Are plug sockets in Suriname the same as in the US?

Even though the frequency and voltage range in America are both the same as Suriname a US plug won't fit in a Surinamese power outlet so use a plug adapter for Suriname.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Suriname?

To use a 220V, 230V or 240V appliance in a Surinamese power outlet you need to bring a step up power converter.

Suriname 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 Suriname?

If travelling with more than one device or visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for Suriname to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Surinamers use two different types of plug sockets (types F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the plugs. If your model of device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Suriname?

Why use a travel USB charger for Suriname?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps cut down on the weightand size of your luggage by only needing to pack one USB wall charger instead of bringing numerous individual USB power chargers with you.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for various power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting different countries across South America which are likely to use different standards to Suriname.
  • Good USB chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be impossible to replace in Suriname.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 127 volts used in Suriname power outlets along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some accommodation or hotel rooms in Suriname might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airport departure gates can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Suriname might prove difficult and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered devices such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our section on using travel appliances with a Surinamese power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in a Surinamese power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cell phones might require more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase some of your devices require additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple cellphones and tablets every day using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Suriname?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Suriname 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. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Suriname.

Power converters for Suriname

What is a power converter for a Surinamese power outlet?

A power converter enables travellers to use their 220-240 volt electrical appliance with a 127 volt Surinamese 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 Suriname?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in Suriname, however a more expensive and heavier power converter [8] converts a 127 volt Surinamese power outlet to work with a non-127 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Suriname?

When visiting Suriname from another country please check that your device can be used with a 127 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [9] if you are visiting Suriname from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance or device is incompatible with 127 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a 127 volt device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage such as 230 volts and used in a 127 volt outlet may take longer to charge or simply won't power up. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Suriname from a different region then check that it will work with a 127 volt Surinamese power outlet or you will need to bring a step up power converter [9].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair dryers or curling irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10] which allows it to be used with a 127 volt Surinamese power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier high wattage power converter to Suriname in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers in Suriname , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Suriname from America?

You won't need a power converter because the voltage from a Surinamese power outlet is in the same 100-120V range as America.

What kind of converter do I need for Suriname?

If you need to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Suriname you will need to buy a step up power converter [9].

What voltage is used in Suriname?

Suriname uses 127 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 127 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [9] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 127 volt Surinamese 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 Suriname before plugging that into a Surinamese 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 127 volt Surinamese power outlet.
What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

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?

Dual voltage hair dryer

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

The way to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power adapter or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord plugs into. The location might depend on the make and model of your unit but could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to a Surinamese power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Surinamese power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Surinamese power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Surinamese power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Surinamese power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Surinamese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Surinamese power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Surinamese power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Suriname, 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 [12].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suriname - Suriname Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets