UK to The Bahamas power adapters - do you need to bring an adapter to The Bahamas?

Bahamas power outlet

What adapter do I need for The Bahamas?

You need to bring a Type B plug adapter to The Bahamas if the plug you wish to use won't fit in a Bahamas power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting The Bahamas all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Bahamas power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device can use then read the section below about how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • Please be aware that The Bahamas suffers from power cuts therefore you should bring a portable charger if you need to keep your cellphone and other devices fully charged whilst travelling during a power cut.
  • If you're from the US travelling to The Bahamas all US appliances and devices should work without a power converter or power adapter. However it may be practical to bring along a USB travel power adapter as it will allow you to charge more than one device by only bringing a single power charger.
  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Bahamas power outlet then it can work in The Bahamas without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Bahamas power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Bahamas such a Type B plug adapter. A plug adapter for The Bahamas (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The Bahamas, but can't change the voltage from 120 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't use 120 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for The Bahamas to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Bahamas if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Bahamas[3] [AD]

Warning: If your device won't handle 120 volts you run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your device in The Bahamas read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

The Bahamas power adapters

Power adapters for The Bahamas

If you are packing for a vacation to The Bahamas it can be useful to know if you can charge all your essential electronics when you get there. However, by not knowing which wall socket is used you are likely to bring the wrong charger, thereby leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival. Differing frequencies and standards can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in The Bahamas. This page has links to useful instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you are in The Bahamas using the standard B or A type Bahamas 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please be aware that Type B power outlets will be typically used by most Bahamians. Power adapters are different regionally therefore we recommend reading the Wiki Connections global power adapters guide for a complete list showing charging devices in different regions.

What is the best power adapter for The Bahamas?

The best power adapter for The Bahamas will be a Type B power adapter which allows you to use any 120 volt device or appliance. [3] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for The Bahamas?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and cheap plastic adapters that permit a Bahamas power outlet to accept a different shaped power plug from a different country. [5]

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a Bahamas power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 120 volt Bahamas power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance then you also need to bring a step up power converter for The Bahamas along with the right power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter in The Bahamas?

It depends on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you want to use in The Bahamas.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for a Bahamas power outlet enables visitors travelling from another country to use their own electronic devices in The Bahamas by changing the shape of the plug.

Where to buy a power adapter in The Bahamas

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in The Bahamas

On arrival power adapters could be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

Where to buy a power adapter for The Bahamas in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for The Bahamas in the UK

The Bahamas to UK power adapters will most likely be available to buy in the UK from airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists such as WH Smith, Dixons or Boots but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. UK high street electrical shops, newsagents and chemists such as Currys PC World, WH Smith or Boots normally typically only sell popular types of travel adapters covering a limited number of countries however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online. In January 2019 we checked 2 high street branches of WH Smiths without seeing any power adapters available to purchase and 1 branch of Boots only had a pack of European adapters available.

Electrical adapters for The Bahamas

Travel USB Wall Chargers

A travel USB wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect if you only need to charge USB devices such as iPads, phones or MP3 players.
  • You only have to bring a single charger instead of carrying lots of domestic power chargers which costs on average £10-£15.
  • USB wall chargers are typically supplied with interchangeable heads which make them useful in a large number of different locations. The interchangeable adapter heads are usually small and lightweight making them easy to store in hand luggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers have a surge protector built in which will protect any electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The charger will still be useful back home.
  • The interchangeable plugs will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work in a Bahamas power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB ports so you will be unable to charge any electrical appliances, only USB powered devices. [6] [AD]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Perfect when travelling to multiple countries. Typical models will work in over 150 different countries.
  • An all-in-one compact design which is both small and lightweight, around £15.
  • Some models have USB charging ports.
  • Easy to use.
  • Some models have a surge protector to prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so won't get caught against other items when packed in your luggage.
  • When you return to the UK it will still be of use as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should work with a Bahamas power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Cannot be used with high powered appliances such as hair straighteners, microwaves, vacuum cleaners or hair dryers.
  • Shutters, pins and moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel adapters making them likely to possibily fail whilst abroad.
  • Universal adapters only charge a single appliance.
  • Not completely universal, some models might not cover certain countries with less popular outlets.
  • Universal travel power adapters lack a built in power converter meaning they're not suitable for non-120 volt appliances in The Bahamas. [7] [AD]
Travel Power Strips

Power strips feature multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering more than one electrical appliance or device simultaneously from only a single power outlet, costing £35-£40.
  • Some types of travel power strips will convert voltage for low wattage electronics. So therefore if your appliance isn't dual voltage it can still function with a Bahamas power outlet by using just a travel power strip, making them a lightweight and cheaper substitute for a power converter.
  • Typical travel power strips also feature multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain countries can be unstable, a sudden surge in power might damage your electrical items. Some models also include a surge protector which will prevent your device from being overloaded.
  • When you get back home the power strip will still be of use.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The conversion on travel power strips won't support high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners and curling irons.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be too heavy for hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be excessive for some travellers only bringing a small number of devices and appliances which need charging. [8] [AD]
  • Power strip models for sale in the UK only include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you may need to use it along with an additional plug adapter to work in some countries.
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type B plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Small and light.
  • Cheap, prices under £10.
  • Straightforward design makes this power adapter simple to use.
  • Using a Type B plug adapter will work in The Bahamas.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • 1 power adapter per plug - for every device you'll also need to pack a separate adapter.
  • A plug adapter only modifies the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type B Bahamas power outlet but doesn't modify the actual voltage. If your appliance doesn't support 120 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need to pack a voltage converter.
  • Hotel rooms in The Bahamas might only have a single power outlet, so you will only be capable of powering one device at once.
  • You will also still need to bring your separate domestic USB charger if you need to power any USB device.
  • Should you intend to visit more than just one country you may need to bring along multiple power adapter types. [3] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

A set of plug adapters

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly £5-£10 a power adapter set typically works out more economical than buying multiple individual plug adapters costing almost £10 each.
  • Covers every eventuality.
  • The most flexible option for travellers visiting different countries.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should work in The Bahamas.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible - you'll have to choose which adapters they'll need in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each adapter type along.
  • Means lots of individual adapters to pack.
  • All remaining plug adapters will be useless using up space.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included (and especially the less common ones) - so ensure that your plug adapter set includes one which works in The Bahamas.
  • A plug adapter only modifies the shape of the plug but not the voltage. [9] [AD]
Voltage Converters

Larger voltage converters

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It only changes the 120 volts in The Bahamas and not the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Bahamas power outlet, therefore you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for The Bahamas.
  • Costly - almost £90.
  • The weight of most models makes them impractical for packing in hand baggage.
  • Redundant after your visit to The Bahamas.
  • It is often better value and more practical to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive voltage converter just in order to use your existing domestic appliance in an incompatible country.
  • If you plan on travelling from the UK and go to The Bahamas then you will need a power converter as the voltage from a Bahamas power outlet is 120 volts. [10] [AD]

Comparison of electrical adapters for The Bahamas

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 Bahamas 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 Bahamas power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Useful when you return to the UK 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 120 volt AC appliance in The Bahamas 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 £10 £15-£20 £10-£15 £35-£40 £5-£10 almost £110
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

The Bahamas power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in The Bahamas?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in The Bahamas?

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

  • Plug Type A - The power outlet, technically known as a type A power outlet, can be recognised by the 2 adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise this wall socket by two thin slots for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the earthed pin. [3] [AD]

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in The Bahamas?

A step up power converter will allow you to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in The Bahamas.

Is an electrical power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for The Bahamas?

The Caribbean

Is an electrical power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for The Bahamas?

Different islands in The Caribbean use different voltages and power outlet types, a plug that could be used in The Bahamas might not operate correctly in a power outlet on another island. When travelling to more than one country in The Caribbean you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set containing every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter as both these options make sure that you are covered for most different power outlet types that you may encounter.

Because different islands in The Caribbean use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, a plug which is used in The Bahamas might not work correctly with an electric outlet on another island. When preparing to travel read 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.   [7] [9] [9] [AD]

What frequency is used in The Bahamas?

The frequency of the current used in a Bahamas power outlet is 60 Hz. [11]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country

Does The Bahamas have many power outages?

Every week in parts of The Bahamas power outages are reported.

What is access to electrical power like in The Bahamas?

The Bahamas has 100% access to electrical power throughout the country.

Do I need a portable charger for The Bahamas?

A power bank

Do I need a portable charger for The Bahamas?

Due to problems with the stability of electricity in The Bahamas travellers should use alternate charging options if they want to continue using devices such as mobile phones dependably.

  • During a trip increased use of cell phones for storing calendars, taking photos, GPS, social networks and streaming videos will syphon off power before the end of the day. Beyond the simple missing photograph opportunities this can potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use a sat nav app to find your way back to accommodation. Packing a portable charger for The Bahamas lowers that risk as it allows you to keep your smart phone fully powered on the go, especially when travelling to a country with regular power outages.
  • A 10,000mAh portable charger can supply enough electricity to cover over three full charges whilst a 20,000mAh power bank should keep a typical cell phone powered for up to seven days.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop with a portable charger in The Bahamas and your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then use a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying 20 Wh or more. Be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Average consumer portable chargers aren't powerful enough for use with high wattage items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are designed for travelling to countries with regular power cuts such as The Bahamas.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [AD]
Will a solar battery charger work in The Bahamas?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Will a solar battery charger work in The Bahamas?

The climate in The Bahamas will be suitable enough to charge solar power bank dependably, however it needs to be exposed to strong sunlight to produce suitable power for a single charge. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the bigger solar cells found on a solar backpack give the backpack the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time, meaning they should perform well in The Bahamas.
  • A phone which has been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a backpack should gradually recharge the battery during sunny spells in The Bahamas, but this could be inconvenient to have the phone continually connected in the bag if it is to be needed constantly. Unlike a handheld solar power bank which requires unpacking facing sunlight, a backback with solar panels is continuously exposed to daylight therefore can be powering up a regular power bank during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in The Bahamas is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. The durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags are made to survive scratches and bending, unlike regular solid solar panels. Solar bags are available in backpack, rucksack and messenger styles which makes them ideal for domestic, work and travel use.  [4] [17] [18] [AD]

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)

The Bahamas 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 Bahamas?

When you are travelling with more than one device the best international travel charger for The Bahamas to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of power outlets that Bahamians use (B and A) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Because you are only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for an adaptable travel adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably. [6] [AD]

What USB charger do I need for The Bahamas?

Why use a travel USB charger for The Bahamas?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. It helps reduce the size and weight of your baggage by only packing one USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple power chargers with you.
  • All travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them perfect if visiting multiple countries which will probably use a different outlet to The Bahamas.
  • Good USB travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in The Bahamas.
  • USB travel chargers will accept both the 120 volts used in The Bahamas power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that hotels in The Bahamas might only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the worry out of visiting an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often scarce and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in The Bahamas might prove difficult and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage devices such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information read the guide on using travel appliances in The Bahamas for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter to use with a Bahamas power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive USB travel chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices draw additional power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can also be useful when returning home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only one power outlet. [6] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for The Bahamas?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both The Bahamas 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting The Bahamas.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting The Bahamas. [6] [AD]

Power converters for The Bahamas

What does a power converter for a Bahamas power outlet do?

A power converter allows travellers to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt electrical device with a 120 volt Bahamas power outlet.

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

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

An expensive and bulky power converter transforms the voltage of 120 volts from a Bahamas power outlet to work with a non-120 volt appliance, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in The Bahamas. [19] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for The Bahamas?

If you are travelling to The Bahamas from a different country please make sure your device can be charged using a 120 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter if you are travelling from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance isn't compatible with 120 volts. Read the list of world power outlets guide to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are already using either a 120 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage (such as 230 volts) and then used in a 120 volt power outlet may take longer to charge or simply won't turn on. If your device does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to The Bahamas from a different country please check that it will work with a 120 volt Bahamas power outlet otherwise you will need to bring a step up power converter.
  • You won't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter which allows it to be used with a 120 volt Bahamas power outlet.
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance will be more cost effective and practical than bringing a heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these travel guides on using clothes irons, curling wands, hairdryers and flat irons in The Bahamas which includes advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20] [AD]

What converter do I need for The Bahamas?

You need to use a step up power converter to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance with a 120 volt Bahamas power outlet. [10] [AD]

How to convert 120 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 120 volt Bahamas 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 Bahamas before plugging that into a Bahamas 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 120 volt Bahamas power outlet. [10] [AD]

What voltage is used in The Bahamas?

The Bahamas uses 120 volts in their standard power outlets. [2]

https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
What is the difference between a transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

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

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

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

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

The easiest way to tell if a device is single voltage or dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the existing charger, or on the unit itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. The location will depend on the make or model of your unit, it could also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might say a specific number - such as 240V.
  • 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 say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters (October 2018).

What type of adapter do you need for The Bahamas?

Which type of adapter do I need for The Bahamas?

The plug adapter or power converter that is suitable for The Bahamas depends on various requirements, before choosing which adapter to bring we recommend using the following checklist:

What different types of devices do you want to use with a Bahamas power outlet?

Will you need to power appliances

What different types of devices do you want to use with a Bahamas power outlet?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic devices which plug into a power outlet - for example a camera.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that plug into a power outlet - for example hair dryers and curling irons.
    • USB electrical devices which charge with a USB port - for example cell phones.
  • Should you only intend to take just USB powered devices to The Bahamas then a simple travel USB wall charger is ideal because you will only need to pack one charger whilst leaving your domestic chargers at home.
  • A travel power strip is built for powering and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices, but unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) which require voltage conversion.
How many electrical devices are you bringing to The Bahamas?

How many devices are you taking

How many electrical devices are you bringing to The Bahamas?

  • List how many applicances and devices you intended on bringing with you to The Bahamas (including tablets, laptops, cell phones, eReaders, hair straighteners and curling irons).
    • Take into account that you might own more electrical devices in the future. Are you thinking about buying a new laptop computer soon?
    • There is a growing number of USB powered rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise USB charging for their power source, the if you buy a new device it could use a USB power adapter so please check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports for these as well.
  • Are you also bringing family along who will need to charge their devices too?

Do your appliances and devices work with a 120 volt power outlet?

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

A USB cable

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

  • If you intend to bring USB devices such as mobile phones or cameras to use in The Bahamas then it is recommended to just pack a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter then you'll still need to pack your domestic USB power charger as well. [6] [AD]
How many power outlets will be available when you arrive in The Bahamas?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many power outlets will be available when you arrive in The Bahamas?

  • Accommodation in The Bahamas might offer only a single power outlet on the wall. This will present an issue when charging multiple items such as mobile phones, tablet computers and laptops overnight as you'll only be able to charge a single device at a time then have to swap every few hours.
  • If you need to recharge multiple devices simultaneously then we suggest bringing either a travel power strip or USB wall charger that are capable of charging multiple USB ports or power outlets. [8] [AD]

How much can you afford to pay?

  • A cheap power adapter starts from around under £10 to charge a single device from a Bahamas power outlet (providing that it is dual voltage or works with 120 volts) but investing in anywhere £15-£20 means you can power more than one device at once and be able to use them in various different countries.

Do you plan on visiting countries other than The Bahamas?

  • A simple power adapter only typically operates in the one country which it is made for, therefore if you want to travel to more than just one country then you'll need to carry additional plug adapters which in turn adds to the weight you'll have to carry.
  • Alternatively, travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are made for going to more than one country becuase of their interchangeable heads.

Do you plan to visit elsewhere in the future?

How long will it take to get to The Bahamas?

Arriving at an airport

How long will it take to get to The Bahamas?

  • If you're embarking on a long flight to get to The Bahamas consider bringing an airport-friendly power charger that can be used with different power outlet types, one which can be carried in hand luggage and can power phones and tablets before a long flight.
  • Not all airlines and airports actually have power outlets for customers so think about using a battery portable charger which will recharge on the go. When arriving in The Bahamas you could need to rely on a phone to make a telephone call, sending emails , using mapping or viewing an itinerary; please ensure that your phone will have ample power left. [4] [AD]
Are you intending to bring hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Are you intending to bring hand luggage?

Would you like to use your charger when returning to the UK?

What can I connect to a Bahamas power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Bahamas power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Bahamas power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Bahamas power outlet

Mobile phones that work with the Bahamas power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with the Bahamas power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Bahamas power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Bahamas power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting The Bahamas, 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[21]

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.

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  1. Wikipedia - Bahamas country entry on wikipedia.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - US and Japanese 3 pinned Type B plug adapters have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades containing holes in each blade, £5-£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, £30-£35.
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10
  7. 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, £15-£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, costing £35-£40
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, priced around £5
  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 £80-£90
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, costing around £70.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, priced £30-£35.
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, around £20.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, costs £30-£35.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, priced at around £100.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, under £120
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, estimated cost £25-£30.
  19. 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, costing under £110
  20. 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, £100-£110.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -