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

Virgin Islands power outlet

What adapter do I need for The US Virgin Islands?

You'll need to use a Type B plug adapter [3] for The US Virgin Islands if your plug doesn't fit in a Virgin Islands power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting The US Virgin Islands all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Virgin Islands power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If you are from America and travelling to The US Virgin Islands you will not need a power converter or a plug adapter. One suggestion however is to pack a multiple USB travel power adapter as it will allow you to power more than one device with only a single charger.
  • If your device can run on 110 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Virgin Islands power outlet then you can use it in The US Virgin Islands.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Virgin Islands power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The US Virgin Islands such a Type B plug adapter [3]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for The US Virgin Islands (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The US Virgin Islands, but but is unable to change the voltage from 110 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 110 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for The US Virgin Islands to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for The US Virgin Islands if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you need to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a cell phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring one which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for The US Virgin Islands.
  • An increase in use of a phone during a vacation to The US Virgin Islands can put an additional demand on the battery, it is practical to pack a portable charger [4] if you need to keep your phone or other devices charged throughout the day whilst travelling to an unknown country.

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

The US Virgin Islands power adapters

Power adapters for The US Virgin Islands

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in The US Virgin Islands. This page contains links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in The US Virgin Islands by using their Type B or A Virgin Islands 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets. You'll discover power will change depending on which region you are visiting so please read the World power adapters page for a complete list of countries.

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

The best power adapter for The US Virgin Islands is 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 US Virgin Islands?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a compact and cheap plastic adapter that allows an electrical socket in The US Virgin Islands to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another region.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in The US Virgin Islands?

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt Virgin Islands power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use a 220, 230 or 240 volt device then you will also need to bring a step up power converter for The US Virgin Islands.

Do I need a plug adapter in The US Virgin Islands?

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

Do I need a plug adapter for The US Virgin Islands if I'm visiting from America?

An American plug does not require a plug adapter as it will already fit into a Virgin Islands power outlet.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for a Virgin Islands power outlet enables a visitor from a different location to use their electrical devices in The US Virgin Islands by adapting the shape of the power plug to fit the wall socket.

Electrical adapters for The US Virgin Islands

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Universal adapters work in multiple countries

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Typical universal travel adapters will work in over 150 countries.
  • An all in one design. Both small and lightweight, between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  • Some universal travel adapters will have charging ports for USB devices built in.
  • Easy to use.
  • Some universal travel power adapters also include a surge protector built in to protect any device from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • Retractable pins won't catch against other items in luggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter could be of use back at home as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will fit in a Virgin Islands power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Must not be used with any high powered electrical appliances such as clothes irons, hair straighteners, microwaves, vacuum cleaners or hair dryers.
  • The internal moving parts could be fragile on some universal travel power adapters making them prone to jamming.
  • Universal power adapters only charge one appliance.
  • Might not work in some countries, models might not work in certain countries with less common outlet types.
  • Missing an in-built power converter means it won't be suitable for non-110 volt electrical devices in The US Virgin Islands.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with changable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect when you only have to power USB devices such as tablets, iPhones and MP3 players.
  • Instead of carrying lots of domestic USB power chargers you will only need to pack one charger which costs roughly under $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  • Supplied with swappable adapter heads making them versatile in a large number of different locations. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are typically small and lightweight making them easy to pack.
  • Travel USB wall chargers include a built in surge protector which will prevent your electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • The charger should still be functional domestically.
  • Interchangeable heads fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in a Virgin Islands power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB outputs so you can't to power any electrical appliances, only USB devices.
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type B plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Compact and lightweight.
  • Cheap, prices between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$5-C$10).
  • Straightforward design makes it simple to use.
  • Using a Type B plug adapter [3] will be ideal for The US Virgin Islands.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only 1 adapter for each device - for every appliance you want to bring you will also need to use a separate plug adapter.
  • A plug adapter only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type B Virgin Islands power outlet but doesn't change the voltage, if your appliance doesn't work with a 110 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage then you will also need to bring a voltage converter.
  • Hotel rooms in The US Virgin Islands may only have one wall outlet available, therefore you will only be capable of powering a single appliance at a time.
  • If you need to power any USB device then you also still need to bring your domestic USB charger as well.
  • Should you plan to visit more than just one country then you may need to bring multiple power adapter types.
Travel Power Strips

Travel power strips including adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is able to power many electical appliances and devices simultaneously via a single plug socket, costs between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$40-C$45).
  • You will find certain models of power strips offer voltage conversation for lower wattage devices such as laptops. So therefore if your electronic device isn't dual voltage it will still be used in The US Virgin Islands when using just a travel power strip, making them a lightweight cheaper alternative option to a voltage converter.
  • Normal models feature a number of USB charge ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain countries can be tempremental, a sudden power surge will damage electronics. There are some power strips that include a surge protector to prevent any electronics from being overloaded.
  • A power strip can be useful back at home.
  • 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 US 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

  • Unlike dedicated voltage converters, the conversion on travel power strips won't support high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or clothes irons.
  • Because of the size and weight of a travel power strip it might be too bulky for packing in hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be excessive for travellers only bringing a small number of items to power.
Plug Adapter Sets

A comprehensive 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 will typically work out cheaper than buying multiple plug adapters costing over $15 USD (over £5 GBP / almost C$10) each.
  • Covers every eventuality and not just a Virgin Islands power outlet.
  • For those travelling to multiple locations a plug adapter set is perfect.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so will operate in The US Virgin Islands.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible - before any trip you will need to decide which plug adapters they'll need in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to pack each power adapter in the set.
  • Means lots of individual plug adapters to pack.
  • With just a single working plug adapter working in The US Virgin Islands the remaining plug adapters will be redundant and using up packing space.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included with each set (especially rarer ones) - so ensure that your adapter set has an adapter that works with a Virgin Islands power outlet.
  • These plug adapters only modify the shape of the plug and doesn't alter the actual voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter has surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter only changes the 110 volts from a Virgin Islands power outlet and won't change the shape of the plug to fit in a Virgin Islands power outlet, therefore you will still need to pack the right type of plug adapter.
  • Costly - almost $120 USD (almost £90 GBP / over C$120).
  • The typical size of voltage converters makes them impractical for packing in hand luggage.
  • Redundant when you return from The US Virgin Islands.
  • It's often less expensive to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a much more expensive voltage converter just in order to power your existing single voltage appliance in The US Virgin Islands.

Comparison of electrical adapters for The US 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 US 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 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 US 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 US Virgin Islands power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in The US Virgin Islands?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in The US Virgin Islands?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can identify the plug socket by two thin slots adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify this power socket by the 2 slots for live and neutral blades with a semicircular shaped hole below for the earthed pin.

Do US plugs work in The US Virgin Islands?

Yes, a US plug will work in The US Virgin Islands so won't need a power adapter or a power converter.

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

The voltage from a Virgin Islands power outlet is 110 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. Although these are similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your American charger or appliance supports voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it can handle dual voltage.

Is an electrical power outlet for the Caribbean the same as a Virgin Islands power outlet?

The Caribbean

Is an electrical power outlet for the Caribbean the same as a Virgin Islands power outlet?

Various countries in The Caribbean use different voltages and power outlet types, a plug that works with a Virgin Islands power outlet might not function or fit in an electrical outlet on another island. When travelling to more than one island in The Caribbean you should either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [11] which contains different types of power adapters, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter [12] as both these options make sure that you're covered for most different power outlet types that you might encounter on each island.

Because each island in The Caribbean uses different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug that is used in The US Virgin Islands might not function properly on another island. Before travelling check these pages for further instructions on what you can expect 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 220 volt appliance in The US Virgin Islands?

Use a step up power converter should you wish to bring a 220, 230 or 240V appliance to The US Virgin Islands.

Is an outlet in The US Virgin Islands the same as the US?

An American plug will fit into a Virgin Islands power outlet, both the frequency and voltage range are the identical to the US.

What is the frequency used with a Virgin Islands power outlet?

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

Should I pack a portable charger for The US Virgin Islands?

USB power bank for charging phones

Should I pack a portable charger for The US Virgin Islands?

It is always advised to pack a portable charger to recharge mobiles and other devices whilst on a trip.

  • Whilst travelling to The US Virgin Islands increased reliance on smart phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, getting directions, social network sharing and streaming videos could drain the batteries towards the end of the day. As well as the simple missed photograph opportunities this could potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make an emergency call or being able to use satellite navigation to get directions to your hotel.
  • Using a power bank [4] in The US Virgin Islands lowers that risk as it allows you to keep your cell phone powered without using a Virgin Islands power outlet.
  • A 10,000mAh power bank [4] will supply enough electricity to cover around three full charges and a 20,000mAh power bank [16] should keep an average cell phone powered for almost a week depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • If you want to charge your laptop with a power bank in The US Virgin Islands and your laptop has a USB-C charging port then look for a portable charger for a laptop [17] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20 Wh or more.
  • Before travelling be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Average consumer power banks aren't powerful enough for high powered items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [14] or gas hair straighteners [15] are designed for travelling.
Will a solar charger work in The US Virgin Islands?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Will a solar charger work in The US Virgin Islands?

The sunlight in The US Virgin Islands will be adequate enough to charge solar power bank [19] reliability, however it will need to be left in strong sunshine to provide suitable power for a single charge. This may prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the bigger panels used on a solar backpack [18] will give the backpack the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the weather in The US Virgin Islands.
  • Phones that have been plugged directly into the USB charging port of a solar backpack should gradually top up the power during sunny spells in The US Virgin Islands, but this could prove inconvenient to have it continually tethered in the bag if it is to be needed constantly. A solar powered backpack is continuously exposed to light therefore will be powering up a regular power bank throughout the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank which needs unpacking and facing the sunlight.
  • Even though the climate in The US Virgin Islands is suitable, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and can be used with a power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • Unlike normal firm solar cells, the durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags are designed to survive bending and scratching. Solar bags come in backpack, rucksack and messenger styles which makes them ideal for domestic, work and travel.

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The US 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 US Virgin Islands?

If you are travelling with more than just one device then the best travel charger for The US Virgin Islands to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Virgin Islanders use (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. This will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

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

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

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. This reduces the size and weight of your baggage by only needing to pack a single USB wall charger rather than having to bring several power chargers along.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is perfect when travelling to multiple countries which will probably use a different standard to The US Virgin Islands.
  • Good USB travel power chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight; perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair in The US Virgin Islands.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 110 volts used in The US Virgin Islands power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that hotels in The US Virgin Islands only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers before a flight can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are 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 smartphone in The US Virgin Islands might prove to be difficult and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB chargers will also include power outlet strips to use multiple low wattage devices such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our section on using travel appliances with a Virgin Islands power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Virgin Islands power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Certain cell phones and tablets might pull more than the normal 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB travel chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices need extra power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can also be useful when returning home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every night using one power outlet.

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

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both The US Virgin Islands and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to The US Virgin Islands 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 and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting The US Virgin Islands.

Power converters for The US Virgin Islands

What does a power converter for The US Virgin Islands do?

Power converters for The US Virgin Islands allow you to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt electrical device with a 110 volt 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 plug adapter for The US Virgin Islands?

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

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

When travelling to The US Virgin Islands from another country check your device can be charged using a 110 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [10] if you are travelling to The US Virgin Islands from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance or device won't support 110 volts. See the list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a 110 volt device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage (such as 230 volts) and used with 110 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on. If your device charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to The US Virgin Islands from a different region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power outlet or you will need a step up power converter [10].
  • You won't need a power converter if you are attempting to charge a smaller electrical device such as a laptop as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [21].
  • It should be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier high wattage power converter to The US Virgin Islands just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our comprehensive travel guides on using clothes irons, curling wands, hair straighteners and blow dryers in The US Virgin Islands which includes recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

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

What converter do I need for The US Virgin Islands?

You need a step up power converter [10] in order to use any 220-240 volt appliance with a 110 volt Virgin Islands power outlet.

What voltage is used in The US Virgin Islands?

The US 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 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 US Virgin Islands before plugging that into a 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 Virgin Islands power outlet.
What is the difference between a power converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a power 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.
What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my device?

The easiest way to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power adapter or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your appliance, it should also state on the box.

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

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 US Virgin Islands?

Which type of plug adapter do you need to bring to The US Virgin Islands?

The type of plug adapter that is suitable for The US Virgin Islands will depend on various requirements. Prior to deciding the right adapter to buy we recommend using this checklist:

What are the different types of devices do you want to use?

A USB powered phone

What are the different types of devices do you want to use?

  • There are three types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electrical devices which plug into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage appliances that can be plugged into a power outlet - for example clothes irons or hair straighteners.
    • USB devices which plug into a USB port - for example phones and iPads.
  • Should you only need to take just USB powered devices then you'll find that a travel USB charger is ideal because you will only need to bring that single lightweight charger with your USB charging cables whilst leaving your domestic chargers at home.
  • Travel power strips are built for providing power and voltage conversion for many low wattage devices, but unsuitable for high wattage appliances which need voltage conversion.
How many electrical items are you packing for The US Virgin Islands?

How many electrical devices are you packing

How many electrical items are you packing for The US Virgin Islands?

  • Add up how many applicances and devices you want to pack for The US Virgin Islands (including tablets, laptops, cell phones, hair straighteners or clothes irons).
    • Allow for more electrical items at a later date. Do you intend on buying a new laptop computer soon?
    • There are an increasing amount of smaller rechargeable devices such as electric shavers that use USB as their power charging source, the next time you replace a device it could need a USB adapter so check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these as well.
  • Are you bringing children to The US Virgin Islands who will need to recharge their phones?

Do your devices and appliances only work with 110 volt power outlets?

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in The US Virgin Islands?

Will you only bring USB electronics

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in The US Virgin Islands?

How many Virgin Islands power outlets will be available?

Are multiple outlets available

How many Virgin Islands power outlets will be available?

  • Hotels in The US Virgin Islands may only have one power outlet on the wall. This could present a problem if charging up batteries of multiple items such as cell phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight as you will only be able to charge one device at a time every few hours.
  • To recharge multiple devices simultaneously we recommend packing a USB wall charger or a travel power strip that can charge multiple USB ports and outlets.

What is your budget?

  • A basic power adapter starts at under $10 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$45) which powers only one device from a Virgin Islands power outlet (provided that works with 110 volts or it is dual voltage) however investing in roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) allows you to power more than one device at once and use them in various different countries.

Do you plan on visiting countries other than The US Virgin Islands?

  • A simple plug adapter only typically works in the one country, so if you are visiting more than a single country you'll need to bring additional power adapters which can in turn add to the number of adapters you have to pack.
  • However, travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are perfect for travelling to multiple countries due to the inclusion of interchangeable heads.

Do you intend on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

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

Making a call after a long haul flight

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

  • With long journeys it's worth considering bringing an airport-friendly charger that works in different power outlet types, one which can be packed in carry-on luggage and can be used to quickly top up phones and tablets.
  • Not all airports and airlines actually have power outlets for travellers therefore we recommend using a battery portable charger [4] which will recharge on the move. When you land you could have to rely on your phone to make telephone calls, sending emails , using mapping to locate your hotel or reading an itinerary - it is recommended that your phone has enough battery power stored.
Do you bringing just hand luggage to The US Virgin Islands?

Are you only using hand luggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage to The US Virgin Islands?

Would you like to use your charger when returning home?

What can I connect to a Virgin Islands power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Virgin Islands power outlet

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

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

Mobile phones which can connect to a Virgin Islands power outlet

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Virgin Islands power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Virgin Islands power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting The US 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/US_Virgin_Islands - 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, 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, under $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under 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, costs 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, around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-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, costs between $110 to $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / around C$120).
  11. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set , costing around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-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, between $5 to $10 USD (£15-£20 GBP / around C$50).
  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, between $150 to $160 USD (£140-£150 GBP / around C$460).
  15. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, costing 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, priced between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / under C$50).
  17. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, priced at between $120 to $130 USD (around £100 GBP / under 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 (under £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, 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, between $90 to $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / around C$60).
  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, around $140 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  22. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets