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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. [2] [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. [3]

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.

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  1. Wikipedia - Bahamas country entry on wikipedia.
  2. 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, costing £4-£5
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor