Antigua power adapters - what plugs are used in Antigua?

Antiguan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Antigua?

You'll need to bring a Type B plug adapter [3] to Antigua if the plug you intend on using won't fit into an Antiguan power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Antigua all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with an Antiguan power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • Expect regular power blackouts and limited access to electricity in some areas of Antigua, we suggest bringing a power bank [4] if you need to keep your phone charged whilst in an area without electricity or during a blackout.
  • If you are from the US visiting Antigua then devices and appliances with US plugs will fit into an Antiguan power outlet without needing an adapter, however the voltage is 230 volts so use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in an Antiguan power outlet then it should work in Antigua without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in an Antiguan power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Antigua such a Type B plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Antigua (or power adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Antigua, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Antigua to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Antigua if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you need to power your USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Antigua.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 230 volts used in Antigua you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in Antigua please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Antigua power adapters

Power adapters for Antigua

If packing for a vacation it can be useful to know in advance if you can charge any electronics like mobiles or laptop computers when you get there. However without knowing which plug socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you having to buy a suitable adaptor when you're there. Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Antigua. This page contains links to step by step instructions telling you exactly how to power your devices when staying in Antigua by using the standard types B or A Antiguan 230 volt 60Hz wall outlets, you'll discover most Antiguans will typically use the Type B wall outlets. Power is different depending on which country you are travelling to therefore we suggest reading the power adapters for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Antigua?

The best power adapter for Antigua is a Type B power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Antigua?

What is a power adapter for an Antiguan power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that allow a different type of power plug on an appliance from a different country to correctly fit into an Antiguan power outlet.

What does a power adapter for Antigua do?

A power adapter for Antigua enables a visitor travelling from another location to use their electronic appliances and devices in Antigua simply by changing the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Do I need a plug adapter for Antigua?

If the outlet in your home country isn't the same as the type of Antiguan power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter for Antigua if I'm visiting from the US?

A US plug will not require a power adapter because it can already fit into an Antiguan power outlet however the voltage is different so please use a power converter for Antigua if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Antigua?

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Antiguan power outlet and is unable to convert to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance you also need a step down power converter.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Antigua?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Antigua?

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.

Antigua power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Antigua?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Antigua?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can identify this wall outlet by 2 slots next to each other where the twin blades slide into.
  • Plug Type B - The power socket, technically known as a type B power outlet, is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.

Do US plugs work in Antigua?

Maybe - a US plug will fit into an Antiguan power outlet and will not require a plug adapter, however the voltage is different therefore you will need to use a power converter for Antigua if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What electrical frequency is used with an Antiguan power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current found in an Antiguan power outlet is 60Hz.

Are electrical outlets in Antigua the same as in the US?

A US plug will fit into power outlets found in Antigua, the frequency is the same as America but the voltage is different so you will need to use a power converter for Antigua if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

Is an electric power outlet for the Caribbean Islands the same as a power outlet for Antigua?

The Caribbean

Is an electric power outlet for the Caribbean Islands the same as a power outlet for Antigua?

Various islands throughout The Caribbean use different voltages and power outlet types, a plug which can be used in Antigua might not work in another island. When visiting more than one country in The Caribbean you should either use a multiple power adapter travel set [7] that contains every type of power adapter, or a single international travel plug adapter [8] as both these options make sure you are covered for most different power outlet types that you might encounter.

As each island in The Caribbean uses different voltages and power outlet types, a plug which can be used in Antigua might not function with an outlet on another island. For more details on what to expect we've compiled a similar guide 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.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Antigua?

Use a step down power converter if you need to use a 110 volt appliance in an Antiguan power outlet.

Is the voltage in Antigua the same as the US?

The voltage from an Antiguan power outlet is 230 volts, whereas Americans use 120 volts. If your US charger or appliance isn't dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for an Antiguan power outlet which can change the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

What is access to electricity like in Antigua?

Almost 5% of the population of the country doesn't have access to electricity.

Does Antigua have power outages?

Every week in Antigua power blackouts are reported.

Should I use a power bank in Antigua?

Portable charger for charging cell phone

Should I use a power bank in Antigua?

As electrical power isn't available in all areas of Antigua together with problems with the stability of power, visitors should use backup charging solutions if they want to continue charging devices such as phones or eReaders.

  • Whilst travelling increased use of mobile phones for storing itineraries, taking photographs, social network sharing, getting directions and streaming videos could syphon off power towards the end of the day. A flat mobile phone battery could potentially leave you without enough power to make emergency calls or being able to use a satellite navigation app to get directions to your accommodation. Packing a power bank [4] lowers the risk as it allows you to keep your smart phone powered without needing an Antiguan power outlet, especially when visiting a country with limited access to electricity and power outages in some areas.
  • Look for at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [4] which will supply enough electricity to power over three full charges whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger [11] should keep an average cell phone charged for roughly seven days depending on the model of phone and usage. The mAh value (milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of a battery and gives an indication of the number of charge cycles the portable charger is capable of, so a higher mAh is more suitable for travellers.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop with a power bank in Antigua and it uses a USB-C charging port then look for a portable charger for a laptop [12] marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying at least 20 Wh.
  • Be aware that some airlines don't allow you bring batteries on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must not be kept in the holdso always ahead with the airline first.
  • Typical consumer power banks won't work with high powered items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [9] or gas hair straighteners [10] are ideal for travelling to locations with frequent power cuts and limited access to electricity such as Antigua.
Will a solar powered charger work in Antigua?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Will a solar powered charger work in Antigua?

The sunshine in Antigua should be adequate enough to charge solar power bank [14] reliability, but needs to be left in strong sunshine to produce enough power for a single charge. This might prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The much larger panels found on a solar backpack [13] give the bag the ability to generate more power within a faster period of time and might generate charge when cloudy, making them ideal for the climate in Antigua.
  • Phones which are plugged directly into a USB port of a backpack should trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in Antigua, but might be inconvenient to have it continually connected to the bag if it is to be used frequently. Therefore it is recommended to plug a normal power bank [4] to a solar backpack which can then be constantly topped up inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards the phone can be recharged using the power bank without needing the bag.
  • Although the sunlight in Antigua is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate at least 6 watts of energy and can be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or greater.
  • The flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to endure bending and scratching, unlike regular firm solar cells. They come in backpack, messenger and rucksack styles making them ideal for work, domestic and travel.

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Antigua 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 Antigua?

When you are travelling with more than just one device or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Antigua to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [15]. There are two different standards of wall outlets in Antigua (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will keep the size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [15] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Antigua?

Why use a travel USB charger for Antigua?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only packing a single USB wall charger rather than bringing numerous chargers.
  • Most travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types making them suitable when visiting other countries which will probably use different standards to Antigua.
  • Good chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace in Antigua.
  • USB chargers will accept the 230 volt power outlets in Antigua and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that accommodation or hotel bedrooms in Antigua might only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Antigua could prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in multiple low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances with an Antiguan power outlet for useful advice on the most suitable power adapter for an Antiguan power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets could require more than the normal 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices require additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB chargers can also be useful by charging multiple mobile phones every day using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Antigua?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Antigua and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Antigua.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Antigua.

Power converters for Antigua

What does a power converter for an Antiguan power outlet do?

Power converters enable travellers to use their 100-120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Antiguan power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [16] will convert the voltage of 230 volts from an Antiguan power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, however a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in Antigua.

Do I need a power converter for Antigua?

When you are visiting Antigua from a different country double check your device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [17] is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device isn't compatible with 230 volts. See the world power outlets guide to find out which voltage is used in your country.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt single voltage appliance or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally devices which are designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used with 230 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device unless you use a step down power converter [17].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair dryers and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [18] to allow the appliance to be used with a 230 volt Antiguan power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a much heavier high wattage power converter to Antigua in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers with an Antiguan power outlet , along with guides on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm visiting Antigua from America?

The 230 volts used in a electric outlet in Antigua is different to an American outlet so you need to use a step down power converter if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Antigua?

You will need to buy a step down power converter [17] in order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Antigua.

What voltage is used in Antigua?

Antigua uses 230 volts in their standard power outlets.

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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 to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [17] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 230 volt Antiguan 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 Antigua before plugging that into an Antiguan 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 an 230 volt Antiguan power outlet.
What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my appliance?

The easiest method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug or on the unit itself, typically near to where the power cord plugs into. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also state in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have 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 larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

What can I connect to an Antiguan power outlet?

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Mobile phones that can connect to an Antiguan power outlet

Apple iPhones that can connect to an Antiguan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with an Antiguan power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Antiguan power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Antiguan power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Antigua, 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 [19].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antigua_and_Barbuda - Wikipedia entry about Antigua.
  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. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  8. 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.
  9. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  10. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  11. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  12. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  13. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  14. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  15. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets