Saint Vincent power converters - Do you need a converter for Saint Vincent?

What is a power converter?

A power converter allows you to use a 100-120 volt electric appliance with a 230 volt St Vincentian power outlet.

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

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [3] will transform a 230 volt St Vincentian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Saint Vincent.

Do I need a power converter for Saint Vincent?

When travelling to Saint Vincent from a different country please ensure your device can be charged using a 230 volt power supply.

  • You need a step down power converter [4] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. See our list of world power outlets page to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage appliance that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed to use a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and used in a 230 volt power outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [4] is used.
  • You don't need a converter if you are attempting to charge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [5] to allow it to be used with a 230 volt St Vincentian power outlet.
  • Purchasing a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than investing in a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance in Saint Vincent.
  • Read these travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hair straighteners and hairdryers in St Vincentian power outlets which includes recommendations on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Saint Vincent if I'm travelling from the US?

The voltage from a power outlet in Saint Vincent is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore use a step down power converter [4] if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Saint Vincent?

To use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt St Vincentian power outlet you need to use a step down power converter [4].

What voltage does Saint Vincent use?

Saint Vincent uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [4] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt St Vincentian 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 Saint Vincent before plugging that into a St Vincentian power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 230 volt St Vincentian power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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 to tell the voltage of your device

Single voltage hair dryer

How to tell the voltage of your device

One method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the charger or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord plugs into. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your unit and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

  1. - St Vincentian country Wiki page.
  2. - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.