Anguilla power adapters - what plugs are used in Anguilla?

Anguillan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Anguilla?

You will need to pack a Type A plug adapter [3] for Anguilla if the plug you intend on using won't fit in an Anguillan power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Anguilla all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with an Anguillan power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • If you're from America and visiting Anguilla you will not need a power adapter or power converter. However it may be practical to use a USB travel power adapter as it allows you to recharge multiple devices by only bringing one charger.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in an Anguillan power outlet then it should work in Anguilla without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 110 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in an Anguillan power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Anguilla such a Type A plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Anguilla (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Anguilla, 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 you'll also need a power converter for Anguilla to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Anguilla if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type A plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power your USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose one which includes a Type A plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Anguilla.
  • Excessive use of a cellphone during a trip could leave you with a flat battery quickly therefore you should pack a power bank [4] if you need to recharge your phone battery or other USB powered devices whilst travelling to an unknown location.

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

Anguilla power adapters

Power adapters for Anguilla

Various standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on visiting a different country especially for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Anguilla. This page has links to instructions which shows exactly how to power your devices when you are travelling to Anguilla using their standard 110 volt 60Hz Type A Anguillan plug outlet, the Anguillans will use NEMA 1-15 ungrounded plugs for power outlets. Most power adapters will vary regionally therefore we suggest that you read the Wiki Connections global power adapters guide where you'll find a full list showing charging devices in different destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Anguilla?

The best power adapter for Anguilla will be a Type A plug adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 110 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Anguilla?

What is a power adapter for an Anguillan power outlet?

A power adapter for Anguilla is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits an electrical socket in Anguilla to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [5].

What does a power adapter do?

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

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Anguilla?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt Anguillan power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use a 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance then you will also need a more expensive step up power converter for Anguilla along with the correct power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter in Anguilla?

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

Do I need a plug adapter for Anguilla if I'm visiting from America?

An American plug does not require a power adapter because it already fits into an Anguillan power outlet.

Electrical adapters for Anguilla

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Some universal adapters include USB ports

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Useful when visiting to multiple countries. Most models operate in over 150 different countries.
  • An all in one design. Both small and lightweight for between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  • There are some universal travel power adapters which include multiple USB charging ports.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some models include a surge protector built in to protect any device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The retractable pins don't get caught against other items when packed in your baggage.
  • When you return home it should still be of use as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will fit in an Anguillan power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Cannot be used with a high powered electrical appliance - for example clothes irons, kettles or curling irons.
  • The shutters, pins and moving parts could be fragile on some models which might make them likely to jam whilst abroad.
  • Will only charge one plug.
  • Might not work in some countries, models might not work in certain countries with less popular outlet types.
  • Universal travel power adapters lack a built in voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for electrical appliances which don't support 110 volts in Anguilla.
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type A plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Cheap, with prices under $15 USD (under £5 GBP / around C$15).
  • Small and lightweight.
  • Simple to operate.
  • Bringing a Type A plug adapter [3] will work in Anguilla.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • This plug adapter only changes the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type A Anguillan power outlet and not the actual voltage used in Anguilla; if your device doesn't support 110 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • 1 power adapter for each appliance - for each individual device or appliance you will also need to pack a separate power plug adapter.
  • Some hotel rooms in Anguilla might only have one wall outlet available, therefore you will only be able to power a single appliance at once.
  • If you need to charge a USB device then you also still need to pack a USB charger.
  • If you plan to visit more than just one country then you may need to bring more than one type of power adapter.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with surge protection

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal in situations when you only want to charge devices which are USB powered.
  • You only need to bring one charger instead of carrying lots of domestic USB power chargers which costs on average under $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  • Chargers come with swappable heads making them versatile in a large number of different locations. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are usually small and lightweight making them easy to store.
  • Models should have a surge protector built in, this will protect your device from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • When you return home it could still be of use.
  • The swappable plugs will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in Anguilla.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

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

Power strips have AC and USB sockets

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is able to power many electronic devices at once from only one Anguillan power outlet, costing under $40 USD (under £40 GBP / under C$45).
  • Some models will convert voltage for lower wattage devices such as laptops or cameras. So therefore if your device isn't dual voltage it will still work in Anguilla by using only a travel power strip. This will make them a cheaper lightweight substitute for a power converter.
  • Most models also feature a number of USB charge ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain areas could fluctuate, a power surge might damage your devices. There are some models which have a built in surge protector which will prevent any electronics from being overloaded.
  • When you return home the power strip could still work as a power strip and USB charger.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Anguilla. (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 a normal voltage converter, the voltage converter on a travel power strip won't work with high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or clothes irons.
  • Due to their weight power strips might be unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be considered excessive if you only have a small number of devices that need charging.
Plug Adapter Sets

Plug adapter sets

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25) a power adapter set will typically work out cheaper than buying multiple plug adapters for multiple locations costing over $15 USD (over £5 GBP / almost C$10) each.
  • Covers all countries.
  • For travellers visiting multiple locations a power plug adapter set is the most flexible option.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so will work in Anguilla.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; prior to any trip you'll have to choose which adapters to pack, or alternatively bring each plug adapter type.
  • Lots individual plug adapters to pack.
  • With just a single functioning plug adapter the remaining power adapters will be redundant using up space.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included (and especially rarer adapters), so ensure that your plug adapter set has one that works with an Anguillan power outlet.
  • These plug adapters only alter the actual shape of the plug but not the voltage.
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters offer surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • Only changes the 110 volts from a Anguillan power outlet and won't change the shape of the plug to fit in a Anguillan power outlet, so you will still be required to bring a suitable plug adapter for Anguilla.
  • Expensive - between $110 to $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  • The size of most models makes them way too bulky and heavy for carry-on baggage.
  • Redundant after your trip to Anguilla.
  • Usually cheaper and more practical to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase a more expensive power converter simply in order to bring your existing appliance in Anguilla.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Anguilla

Type A 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 Anguilla Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included A 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) 55+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type A Anguillan power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type A plug adapter required to fit in an Anguillan power outlet 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 Anguilla 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 $15 USD (under £5 GBP / under C$20) 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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Anguilla power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Anguilla?

Type A power outlet

What plug sockets are used in Anguilla?

Type A plug sockets are used in Anguilla. You can identify this plug socket by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral blades sit.

Do US plugs work in Anguilla?

Yes, an American plug will work in Anguilla and does not need a power converter or a plug adapter.

What is the frequency used in an Anguillan power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from an Anguillan power outlet is 60Hz.

Is a power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for Anguilla?

The Caribbean

Is a power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for Anguilla?

Various countries throughout The Caribbean use different voltages and power outlet types, a plug that works with an Anguillan power outlet might not function in an electrical outlet on another island. When visiting more than one country in The Caribbean it is recommended to either use a multiple power adapter travel set [12] containing every type of power adapter, or a single international travel plug adapter [13] as both these options should ensure that you are covered for most different power outlet types that you might find on each island.

Because each island in The Caribbean uses different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug which works with an Anguillan power outlet might not operate properly with an outlet on another island. When preparing to travel read these pages for more details on what to 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.

Is the voltage in Anguilla the same as the US?

The voltage in Anguilla is 110 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. Although these are very similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your American charger or appliance can support voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Anguilla?

A step up power converter will allow you to use a 220V appliance in Anguilla.

Are outlets in Anguilla the same as US?

An American plug will fit into outlets in Anguilla, both the voltage range and frequency are the identical to the US.

Should I pack a portable charger for Anguilla?

A USB power bank for charging mobile phones

Should I pack a portable charger for Anguilla?

It is always advised to pack a portable charger to recharge their cell phone when on a trip.

  • Whilst travelling increased reliance on cell phones for taking pictures, storing itineraries, social network sharing, getting directions and web browsing can syphon off power more excessively than normal. As well as the simple missing photograph opportunities this could potentially leave you without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to return back to your accommodation. Bringing along a portable charger [4] to Anguilla lowers the risk as it allows you to keep your smart phone charged without using a wall charger.
  • A typical 10,000mAh portable charger [4] can store enough power to power over 3 full charges whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger [16] should keep an average mobile phone powered for up to seven days depending on the model of phone and usage. A mAh rating shows the capacity of a battery and gives an indication of how many charges the power bank can achieve.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop and it uses a USB-C charging port then pack a portable charger for a laptop [17] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • However be aware that some airlines won't let you take batteries on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must be kept in hand luggage only.
  • Average consumer power banks aren't powerful enough for high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [14] or gas hair straighteners [15] are available for travelling.
Do solar chargers work in Anguilla?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Do solar chargers work in Anguilla?

The sunshine in Anguilla should be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank [19] dependably, however it needs to be left in strong sunshine in order to provide suitable power for a single charge. This could prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The larger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack [18] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the climate in Anguilla.
  • Phones that have been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the battery during sunny spells in Anguilla, however might be inconvenient to have a phone continually connected to the bag should it be needed constantly. A solar powered bag is usually exposed to daylight therefore can be powering up a power bank during the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank that requires unpacking and facing sunlight.
  • Although the climate in Anguilla is suitable, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags have been designed to survive scratches and bending, unlike normal firm solar cells. Solar bags are available in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles making them perfect for travel, work and domestic use.

Sources

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

Anguilla 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 Anguilla?

When you are travelling with more than one device and visiting more than one country then the best international travel charger for Anguilla is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip. By only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers and using only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

What USB charger do I need for Anguilla?

Why use a travel USB charger for Anguilla?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only bringing one USB wall charger instead of bringing several different USB power chargers.
  • Travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries across South America which are likely to use a different standard to Anguilla.
  • A good USB power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Anguilla.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 110 volts used in Anguilla power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel rooms or accommodation in Anguilla might only have one power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with all your devices instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Anguilla might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Higher priced USB chargers should also include a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please see our guide on using travel appliances with an Anguillan power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with an Anguillan power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Some tablets and mobile phones could require more than the usual 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 incase some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be useful by charging multiple cell phones and tablets every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Anguilla?

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

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Anguilla using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Anguilla.

Power converters for Anguilla

What is a power converter for an Anguillan power outlet?

A power converter enables travellers to use their 220-240 volt electrical appliance with a 110 volt Anguillan 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 Anguilla?

An expensive and bulky power converter [20] will convert a 110 volt Anguillan power outlet to work with a non-110 volt appliance, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet in Anguilla.

Do I need a power converter for Anguilla?

When visiting Anguilla from another country please check that your device can be used with a 110 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [10] if you are visiting Anguilla from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance or device is incompatible with 110 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a 110 volt device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage such as 230 volts and used in a 110 volt outlet may take longer to charge or simply won't power up. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Anguilla from a different region then check that it will work with a 110 volt Anguillan power outlet or you will need to bring a step up power converter [10].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair dryers or curling irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [21] which allows it to be used with a 110 volt Anguillan power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier high wattage power converter to Anguilla in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers in Anguilla , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

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

What kind of converter do I need for Anguilla?

You will need to buy a step up power converter [10] to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Anguilla.

What voltage is used in Anguilla?

Anguilla uses 110 volts in their 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 an 110 volt Anguillan 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 Anguilla before plugging that into an Anguillan 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 an 110 volt Anguillan power outlet.
What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

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

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.
How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

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

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

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

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 Anguilla?

Which type of power adapter will you need for Anguilla?

The plug adapter or power converter which is best to use in Anguilla is dependant on various requirements, so before choosing the right one to use we recommend using this checklist:

How many electrical devices are you packing for Anguilla?

Family need to power electronics too

How many electrical devices are you packing for Anguilla?

  • Add up how many devices and applicances you want to pack for Anguilla (such as cell phones, laptops, eReaders, curling irons or hair straighteners).
    • Take into account that you might own more electrical items at a later date. Do you intend on buying a new tablet computer next year for example?
    • There are an increasing number of USB powered rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise USB for a power source. Therefore next time you have to buy a new device it could use a USB adapter so ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these as well.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their iPads as well?
What types of electrical devices do you need to use in Anguilla?

Make a list of items to bring

What types of electrical devices do you need to use in Anguilla?

  • There are 3 types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electrical devices which plug into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that plug into an electrical outlet - for example hair straighteners or curling irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices that charge with a USB port - for example phones or tablets.
  • If you only intend to take just USB powered devices to Anguilla then you'll find that a travel USB charger is ideal because you will only have to bring that single charger .
  • Travel power strips are most suited for powering and voltage conversion for multiple low wattage devices (such as a laptop), but won't work with high wattage appliances that need voltage conversion and could potentially overload it.

Will your appliances only work with a 110 volt power outlet?

How many Anguillan power outlets will be available?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many Anguillan power outlets will be available?

  • Your hotel may offer only a single power outlet, this will be an issue if charging the batteries of multiple items such as cell phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight as you will only be able to recharge one device at a time then need to swap.
  • If you need to recharge more than one device simultaneously then we recommend using a USB wall charger or a travel power strip that can charge multiple USB ports or power outlets.
Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Anguilla?

Are you only charging USB items

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Anguilla?

How much can you afford?

  • Cheap power adapters start at under $10 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$45) which powers only one device in a single country (provided that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 110 volts), but paying anywhere between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) means you can power multiple devices simultaneously and bring them to various different countries.

Are you intending on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

Do you intend on visiting countries other than Anguilla?

  • Most single plug adapters will only operate in the one country that they are designed for, so if you wish to visit multiple countries you'll need to bring along additional power adapters which in turn adds to the number of adapters you'll have to bring.
  • On the other hand travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are designed for travelling to more than one country becuase of their interchangeable head system.
How long does it take to travel to Anguilla?

Arriving at an airport

How long does it take to travel to Anguilla?

  • With extended journeys it's worth thinking about bringing an airport-friendly charger that works in different outlet types, one which is light enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can top up tablets and phones just prior to a lengthy flight.
  • As not all airports actually have power outlets available think about bringing a portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. After arriving in Anguilla you could need to use your cell phone to make calls, reading emails , using mapping to find your accomodation or viewing your itinerary; so please ensure that your phone has ample charge remaining.
Do you intend on bringing hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you intend on bringing hand luggage?

Do you still need use your charger when returning home?

What can I connect to an Anguillan power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to an Anguillan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Anguillan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Anguillan power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to an Anguillan power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Anguillan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Anguillan power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Anguillan power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Anguilla, 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/Anguilla - Anguilla Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type A plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type A power outlets without converting voltage, priced under $15 USD (£4-£5 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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, estimated cost between $30 to $35 USD (£20-£25 GBP / around C$35).
  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, estimated cost 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 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, 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set , between $15 to $20 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$25).
  13. 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).
  14. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, between $150 to $160 USD (around £140 GBP / under C$470).
  15. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, priced at 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, costs under $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$45-C$50).
  17. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, 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 (£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, under $25 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$50-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, estimated cost 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