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

British Virgin Islands power outlet

What adapter do I need for The British Virgin Islands?

You need to pack a Type B plug adapter [3] for The British Virgin Islands if the plug you intend on using won't fit into a British Virgin Islands power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting The British Virgin Islands all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a British Virgin Islands power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device can use then please read the section on how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you intend on visiting The British Virgin Islands from the US then all US appliances and devices should function without an adapter or power converter. It may however be practical to use a multiple USB travel power adapter as it will allow you to charge more than one device by only packing one charger.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a British Virgin Islands power outlet then it can work in The British Virgin Islands.
  • If your device can run on 110 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a British Virgin Islands power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for The British Virgin Islands such a Type B plug adapter [3]. Be aware that a plug adapter for The British Virgin Islands (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The British Virgin Islands, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 110 volts to 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 British Virgin Islands to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for The British Virgin Islands if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you need to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you choose to bring one which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for The British Virgin Islands.
  • Excessive use of a cellphone during a vacation to The British Virgin Islands will leave you with a flat battery quickly therefore you should pack a portable charger [4] if you want to recharge your cellphone battery whilst visiting an unfamiliar country.

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

The British Virgin Islands power adapters

Power adapters for The British Virgin Islands

Complicated frequencies and standards can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it 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 power your electronics in The British Virgin Islands. This page has links to instructions which shows how to power your devices when staying in The British Virgin Islands by using the standard Type B or A 110 volt 60Hz power outlets. Most power sockets are different depending on which country you are in therefore please read the power adapters page for a complete list of countries.

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

The best power adapter for The British Virgin Islands will be a Type B plug adapter [3] which allows you to use any 110 volt device or appliance.

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

What is a power adapter for a British Virgin Islands power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter which permits a different shaped power plug on an appliance from a different country to correctly fit into a wall socket in The British Virgin Islands.

Does a power adapter convert the voltage in The British Virgin Islands?

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt British Virgin Islands power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 220-240 volt appliance you also need to bring a step up power converter for The British Virgin Islands.

What does a power adapter for The British Virgin Islands do?

A power adapter allows visitors from a different country to use their own electronic appliances and devices in The British Virgin Islands simply by changing the shape of the power plug.

Do I need a plug adapter for The British Virgin Islands?

This will depend on the type of plug you are attempting to use.

Do I need a power adapter for The British Virgin Islands if I'm visiting from the US?

A US plug will not require a plug adapter as it already fits in a British Virgin Islands power outlet.

Electrical adapters for The British Virgin Islands

Universal Travel Power Adapters

An all in one universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Typical models are designed to function in around 150 different countries.
  • An all in one compact design, lightweight and small, under $20 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$30).
  • Some universal travel power adapters will include charging ports for USB devices.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters which include a surge protector built in which will protect your electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The retracting pins don't get caught against other items in luggage.
  • When you return home it will still work as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit into a British Virgin Islands power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Must not be used with high powered electrical appliances such as hair straighteners, clothes irons, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, kettles, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • The internal moving parts such as shutters and pins could be fragile on some models which could make them prone to breaking whilst abroad.
  • Only charges a single appliance.
  • A universal travel power adapter might not work in some countries - models might not cover some countries with less common outlets.
  • They don't have a power converter meaning they aren't suitable for non-110 volt appliances.
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type B plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Lightweight and small.
  • Affordable, prices around $15 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$10).
  • Easy to use.
  • Bringing a Type B plug adapter [3] will work in The British Virgin Islands.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only 1 adapter per plug - for every separate device or appliance you want to bring you'll also need to pack a separate adapter.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type B British Virgin Islands power outlet and doesn't alter the actual voltage used in The British Virgin Islands, so if your appliance doesn't support a 110 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage you'll still need to bring a separate voltage converter.
  • Hotel rooms in The British Virgin Islands may only have a single power outlet available, so you'll only be able to power one appliance at once.
  • If you wish to power any USB device then you also still need to pack your USB charger.
  • Should you plan to visit more than just The British Virgin Islands you may need to pack more than one type of power adapter for other countries.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with changable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal if you only need to charge USB devices such as iPads, iPhones or eReaders.
  • Instead of carrying lots of domestic USB power chargers travellers only have to bring one unit which costs roughly between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  • Chargers come with swappable adapter heads meaning they can be used in a large number of locations. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with USB wall chargers are usually lightweight and small which makes them easy to pack.
  • Models include a built in surge protector.
  • When you return to your home country it will still work.
  • Swappable heads will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in a British Virgin Islands power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB ports so you will be unable to power any electrical appliances, just USB powered devices.
Travel Power Strips

Power strips feature multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of charging multiple electical devices and appliances at once via one plug socket, costs under $40 USD (under £40 GBP / under C$45).
  • Certain power strips are able to convert voltage for low wattage electronics. Even if your appliance isn't dual voltage it can still be used in The British Virgin Islands by using only a travel power strip, making them a lightweight cheaper substitute for a power converter.
  • Most modern travel power strips should also include multiple USB ports.
  • The voltage from power grids in some areas might be unstable, a sudden power surge could damage devices. Some models have a built in surge protector which will prevent any device from being overpowered.
  • When you return home it will still work as a power strip.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in The British Virgin Islands. (Note: UK power strips include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you will need to use it with an additional plug adapter.)

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The converter on a travel power strip won't work with high wattage appliances such as curling irons or hair straighteners.
  • Because of the weight of a power strip it might not be suitable for carrying in hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be considered excessive if you only have a small number of items to power.
Plug Adapter Sets

Cost effective plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25) an adapter set works out more reasonable than purchasing individual plug adapters costing over $15 USD (over £5 GBP / almost C$10) each.
  • Ensures that you are covered for all countries and not just a British Virgin Islands power outlet.
  • For travellers travelling to different countries this is the most flexible option.
  • Each plug adapter set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should operate in The British Virgin Islands.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; you will need to choose which power adapters they'll need in advance, or alternatively bring each plug adapter type.
  • Means lots of individual items to bring along.
  • The remaining plug adapters will be redundant using up packing space.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included with each set (especially less common adapters), so ensure that your plug adapter set has an adapter which is compatible with a British Virgin Islands power outlet.
  • Only modifies the actual shape of the plug but doesn't change the actual voltage.
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters have surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • Only changes the 110 volts in The British Virgin Islands and not the shape of the plug to fit in a British Virgin Islands power outlet, you'll still be required to use the correct type of plug adapter for The British Virgin Islands.
  • Expensive - between $110 to $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  • The weight of voltage converters makes them impractical for carrying in carry-on baggage.
  • Redundant after your visit to The British Virgin Islands.
  • Often better value to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive power converter simply in order to power your existing single voltage domestic appliance in an incompatible location.

Comparison of electrical adapters for The British Virgin Islands

Type B Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in The British Virgin Islands Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included B A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 45+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type B British Virgin Islands power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Useful when you return home Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 110 volt AC appliance in The British Virgin Islands Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under $20 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20) between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$40-C$45) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / over C$60)
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The British Virgin Islands power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in The British Virgin Islands?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in The British Virgin Islands?

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

  • Plug Type A - The plug socket (also called the type A power outlet) can be identified by two thin adjacent slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise this wall outlet by 2 slots with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the slightly longer ground pin.

Do US plugs work in The British Virgin Islands?

Yes, an American plug will work in a British Virgin Islands power outlet so will not require an adapter or power converter.

Is an electric power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a British Virgin Islands power outlet?

The Caribbean

Is an electric power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a British Virgin Islands power outlet?

Different islands throughout The Caribbean use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug that works with a British Virgin Islands power outlet might not work in another island. When visiting more than one island in The Caribbean it is recommended to either bring along a multiple power adapter travel set [11] which contains every type of power adapter, or a single international travel plug adapter [12] as both these options should ensure that you're covered for most different power outlet types which you may find in each country.

As each island in The Caribbean uses different voltages and power outlet types you might discover a plug that works with a British Virgin Islands power outlet might not work properly with an outlet on another island. If you need further details on what to expect when preparing to travel we've put together 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.

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

The voltage in The British Virgin Islands is 110 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. Although these are similar check the voltage on your US appliance or charger supports a voltage range between 100-127 volts or that it can support dual voltage.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in The British Virgin Islands?

Use a step up power converter should you wish to bring a 220V appliance to The British Virgin Islands.

What electrical frequency is used in The British Virgin Islands?

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

Are British Virgin Islands power outlets the same as the US?

An American plug will fit into a British Virgin Islands power outlet, the frequency and voltage range are both the same as in America.

Do I need a power bank for The British Virgin Islands?

It is always recommended to pack a portable charger to recharge mobile phones when travelling.

  • The dependence on smartphones for some people is high and the thought of being without a phone can cause anxiety, particularly when being used abroad. During a trip increased use of mobile phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, GPS, social networks and playing games could syphon off power more excessively than normal. A flat smart phone battery could potentially leave you without enough power to make emergency calls or being able to use sat nav to find your way back to hotel or accommodation.
  • Using a power bank [4] eases those concerns as it means you can keep your smart phone powered without needing a British Virgin Islands power outlet.
  • We recommend bringing at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [4] which will store enough energy to cover around 3 full charges whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger [16] should keep an average cell phone charged for around a week.
  • If your laptop has a USB-C charging port then packing a portable charger for a laptop [17] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to extend the battery life of that laptop. Before travelling be aware that some airlines won't allow you bring batteries on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Average consumer power banks won't work with high powered items, although a rechargeable hair dryer [14] or gas hair straighteners [15] are designed for travelling.
Do I need a power bank for The British Virgin Islands?
Will a solar charger work in The British Virgin Islands?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

Will a solar charger work in The British Virgin Islands?

The daylight in The British Virgin Islands will be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [19] dependably, however it will need to be left in strong sunshine to produce enough power for a single charge. It may prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in a sunny area.

  • Instead, the larger panels found on a solar backpack [18] give the backpack the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time and could still generate a smaller charge when cloudy, making them ideal for the climate in The British Virgin Islands.
  • A device that has been directly plugged into the USB charging port of a backpack should trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in The British Virgin Islands, however this could prove inconvenient to have a phone continually connected to the bag if it is to be used frequently. A regular battery power bank [4] plugged in a solar backpack can be continuously recharged during the day, afterwards the phone can be recharged using the power bank without sunshine.
  • Although the climate in The British Virgin Islands is suitable, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, can generate at least 6 watts of energy and can be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or greater. Unlike regular rigid solar cells, the durable and flexible panels used in solar powered bags have been made to endure scratching and bending. Solar bags come in backpack, rucksack and messenger styles which makes them perfect for work, domestic and travel.

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The British Virgin Islands 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 The British Virgin Islands?

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel power adapter for The British Virgin Islands to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. There are two types of plug sockets that British Virgin Islanders use (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 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs. If your device supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to The British Virgin Islands. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your devices at an airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online - the power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for The British Virgin Islands?

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

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 individual devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if travelling across multiple countries across North America which will probably use different standards to The British Virgin Islands.
  • A good charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in The British Virgin Islands.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 110 volts used in The British Virgin Islands power outlets and other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that hotel rooms or accommodation in The British Virgin Islands might only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airport departure gates can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in The British Virgin Islands might prove problematic and expensive.
  • More expensive USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to allow you to use multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the section on using travel appliances in The British Virgin Islands for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a British Virgin Islands power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets might pull more than the standard 500 mA produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices need extra power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can still be useful back at home by recharging multiple cell phones and tablets every night using one power outlet.

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

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both The British Virgin Islands 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to The British Virgin Islands.
  • 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. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting The British Virgin Islands.

Power converters for The British Virgin Islands

What is a power converter?

Power converters for The British Virgin Islands allow travellers to use their 220-240 volt electric device with a 110 volt British Virgin Islands 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 power adapter for The British Virgin Islands?

A lightweight, small and cheap power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet in The British Virgin Islands, whereas an expensive and bulkier power converter [20] will convert the voltage of 110 volts from a British Virgin Islands power outlet to work with a non-110 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for The British Virgin Islands?

When you are visiting The British Virgin Islands from a different region please ensure the device can be charged using a 110 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [10] if you are travelling from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance or device is incompatible with 110 volts. See the world power outlets page to see the voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a single voltage device that works with 110 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts and then used in a 110 volt power outlet sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to The British Virgin Islands from another region please check that it will work with a 110 volt power outlet otherwise you will need to bring a step up power converter [10].
  • You don't need a converter if you need to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however please always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example hair dryers and clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [21].
  • It will be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a much heavier high wattage power converter to The British Virgin Islands in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hairdryers and flat irons with a British Virgin Islands power outlet which includes guides on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for The British Virgin Islands if I'm travelling from the US?

You won't need a power converter as the voltage from a British Virgin Islands power outlet is in the same 100-120V range as the US.

What kind of converter do I need for The British Virgin Islands?

In order to use any 220-240 volt appliance in The British Virgin Islands you need a step up power converter [10].

What voltage is used in The British Virgin Islands?

The British Virgin Islands uses 110 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 110 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [10] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 110 volt British Virgin Islands 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 The British Virgin Islands before plugging that into a British Virgin Islands 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 110 volt British Virgin Islands power outlet.
What is the difference between a power transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power transformer and a power 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 dual voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

One method to see if a appliance is dual or single voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the unit itself, typically near to where the power cord sits. This location might depend on the make and model of your device and could also state in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might 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 say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Trvel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets and number of USB powers were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for The British Virgin Islands?

Which type of power adapter will I need to bring to The British Virgin Islands?

The power converter that is best to bring to The British Virgin Islands is dependant on various requirements. Before choosing the right adapter to bring we suggest reading through the following checklist:

What types of devices do you want to charge with a British Virgin Islands power outlet?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electrical devices which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example cameras and laptops.
    • High wattage appliances that plug into a power outlet - for example curling irons or hair straighteners.
    • USB devices that charge with a USB port - for example cellphones or tablet computers.
  • Should you only want to bring along just USB powered devices to The British Virgin Islands then a travel USB charger is ideal as you'll only have to pack one lightweight charger whilst leaving your domestic chargers at home.
  • A travel power strip is perfect for powering and voltage conversion for multiple low wattage devices, however unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as clothes irons) which need voltage conversion.
How many electrical items will you be taking to The British Virgin Islands?

Children might need to recharge devices

How many electrical items will you be taking to The British Virgin Islands?

  • List how many items you intend to pack for The British Virgin Islands (such as tablets, cell phones, hair dryers and clothes irons).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more electrical devices in the future. Do you intend on buying a new tablet computer next year?
    • There is a growing amount of smaller rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise USB charging as their power charging source, the if you have to buy a new device it could need a USB adapter so check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these too.
  • Will you also be travelling with family who might need to charge their phones?

Will your devices work with 110 volt power outlets?

Will you only be charging USB devices in The British Virgin Islands?

Are you only bringing USB items

Will you only be charging USB devices in The British Virgin Islands?

How many wall outlets will be available when you arrive in The British Virgin Islands?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many wall outlets will be available when you arrive in The British Virgin Islands?

  • A hotel in The British Virgin Islands may only offer one power outlet on the wall. This might be an issue if charging batteries of multiple electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight because you'll only be able to recharge a single device at a time then have to continually swap.
  • If you want to charge multiple devices simultaneously then we recommend using a travel power strip or USB wall charger which are capable of charging multiple power outlets or USB ports.

How much can you afford to pay?

  • Basic power adapters start from under $10 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$45) which will power only one single device from a British Virgin Islands power outlet (provided that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 110 volts), however investing in roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) allows you to charge multiple devices simultaneously and use them in various different countries.

Do you intend on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

Is The British Virgin Islands the only country you'll be visiting?

Are you flying long haul to get to The British Virgin Islands?

Using a phone after a long haul flight

Are you flying long haul to get to The British Virgin Islands?

  • With long journeys think about an airport-suitable power charger that can be used with multiple outlet types, one that can be packed in carry-on luggage and can top up tablets and phones just before an extended journey.
  • As not all planes and airports actually have power outlets we recommend bringing a travel portable charger [4] which will recharge on the move. After arriving in The British Virgin Islands you could need to use your phone for making a call, sending texts, using mapping to find a hotel or reading your itinerary - so ensure that your phone will have enough power stored.
Do you intend to bring hand luggage?

Are you only using hand luggage

Do you intend to bring hand luggage?

Would you like to use your charger when returning home?

What can I connect to a British Virgin Islands power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a British Virgin Islands power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a British Virgin Islands power outlet

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

Mobile phones that can be connected to a British Virgin Islands power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a British Virgin Islands power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a British Virgin Islands power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a British Virgin Islands power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a British Virgin Islands power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting The British Virgin Islands, 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 [22].

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Virgin_Islands - British Virgin Islands Wikipedia page.
  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, priced around $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$5-C$10).
  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, between $30 to $35 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$40).
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, between $15 to $20 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$30).
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, estimated price between $35 to $40 USD (under £40 GBP / under C$45).
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$25).
  10. 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, estimated cost under $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  11. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set , between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$25).
  12. 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, under $10 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$50-C$60).
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  14. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, priced under $160 USD (£140-£150 GBP / C$460-C$470).
  15. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, under $25 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$40-C$45).
  16. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, between $35 to $40 USD (under £40 GBP / under C$50).
  17. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, estimated price under $130 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$140-C$150).
  18. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, between $80 to $90 USD (£70-£80 GBP / under C$280).
  19. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, costing between $20 to $25 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$60).
  20. 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, under $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$60-C$70).
  21. 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, between $140 to $150 USD (under £110 GBP / under C$130).
  22. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets