UK to Barbados power adapters - what travel adapter do you need for a Barbadian power outlet?

Barbadian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Barbados?

You'll need to use a Type B plug adapter for Barbados if the plug you intend on using won't fit into a Barbadian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Barbados will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge in a Barbadian power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device uses then read the section on how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • Be warned that Barbados suffers from blackouts, we suggest bringing a power bank if you need to keep your phone fully charged during a blackout.
  • If you are from the US visiting Barbados you won't need an adapter or power converter provided that your device or appliance supports a 50hz power outlet. One recommendation however is to pack a USB travel power adapter as it allows you to recharge more than one device by only packing one charger.
  • If your device can run on 115 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Barbadian power outlet then you can use it in Barbados.
  • If your device can run on 115 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Barbadian power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Barbados such a Type B plug adapter. A plug adapter for Barbados (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Barbados, but but is unable to change the voltage from 115 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 115 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Barbados to convert the voltage from 115 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Barbados if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you need to power your USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Barbados[3] [AD]

Warning: If your device won't handle the 115 volts used in Barbados you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in Barbados please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Barbados power adapters

Power adapters for Barbados

When planning a trip to Barbados it's helpful to know if you'll be able to use all your common devices at your destination. By not knowing which wall socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you having to buy a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there which might be incompatible. Complicated standards and plugs can often be confusing when planning to visit a different country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Barbados. This page has links to instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're travelling to Barbados using their B or A type 115 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type B power outlets are used by most Bajans. Most power adapters are different from country to country therefore please read the Wiki Connections global power adapters list for a full list showing regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Barbados?

The best power adapter for Barbados will be a Type B plug adapter which allows you to use any 115 volt device or appliance. [3] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for Barbados?

What is a power adapter for a Barbadian power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that allow a different type of power plug on an appliance from a different country to correctly fit into a Barbadian power outlet. [5]

Do I need a plug adapter for Barbados?

If the type of Barbadian power outlet outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Barbadian power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 115 volt Barbadian power outlet and doesn't convert to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use a 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance you also need a step up power converter.

What does a power adapter for Barbados do?

A power adapter for Barbados enables a visitor travelling from another location to use their electronic appliances and devices in Barbados simply by changing the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Where to buy a power adapter in Barbados

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Barbados

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 Barbados in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Barbados in the UK

Barbados 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 Barbados

Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with surge protection

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal if you only have to power devices which are USB powered.
  • Instead of carrying multiple domestic power chargers you only need to pack a single unit which costs roughly £10-£15.
  • Supplied with interchangeable heads which means they can be used in a large number of locations. Interchangeable adapter heads are usually lightweight and small which makes them easy to pack.
  • Most models will have a built in surge protector to protect your electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The charger can still be of use back home.
  • Interchangeable heads will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in a Barbadian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB outputs so you won't be able to power any electrical appliances, just USB powered devices. [6] [AD]
Travel Power Strips

A power strip with multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Able to charge several appliances and devices at once via a single Barbadian power outlet, costing £35-£40.
  • Certain models of power strips are able to convert voltage for low wattage electronics such as laptops. Even if the electronic device isn't dual voltage it should still work with a Barbadian power outlet when using only a travel power strip, making them a cheap and lightweight alternative option to a dedicated power converter.
  • Most modern travel power strips should also feature a number of USB charging ports.
  • Offers surge protection. Voltage from power outlets in certain areas might be unstable, a sudden power surge might damage your delicate electronics. Some travel power strips will have a built in surge protector to protect your electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • The power strip can potentially still be of use back at home as a power strip.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a normal power converter, the voltage converter on a travel power strip won't work with higher wattage appliances such as clothes irons and hair dryers.
  • Because of the weight of a power strip it might be too bulky for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive if you only have a small number of items which need powering. [7] [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.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Typical models are designed to work in over 150 countries.
  • All-in-one design, lightweight and small, £20-£25.
  • There are some models which include charging ports for USB devices.
  • Easy to use.
  • There are some models which include a surge protector built in, this will prevent any device from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • Retractable pins don't get caught against other items in luggage.
  • When you return home it will still work as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will work with a Barbadian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Can't be used with high powered electrical appliances such as clothes irons, vacuum cleaners or curling irons.
  • The pins, shutters and other internal moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them prone to breaking whilst abroad.
  • Universal travel power adapters only provide power to one appliance.
  • A universal travel power adapter might not work in some countries; some adapters might not work in certain countries with less popular power outlets.
  • Missing an in-built voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for non-115 volt electrical appliances. [8] [AD]
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type B plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Light and compact.
  • Cheapest option, prices around £4.
  • Straightforward design makes it simple to operate.
  • Bringing a Type B plug adapter will work in Barbados.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only one plug adapter per appliance - for each appliance you will also need to use a separate adapter.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type B Barbadian power outlet and not the voltage. So if your device doesn't support a 115 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage you'll still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • Accomodation might only have one wall outlet, so you'll only be able to power one device at a time.
  • You will also need to bring your separate USB charger if you need to charge a USB device.
  • If you plan on visiting more than just Barbados you may need to bring multiple plug adapter types for other countries. [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 set typically works out cheaper than buying multiple individual power plug adapters costing around £5 each.
  • Ensures that you are covered for all eventualities.
  • For anyone visiting multiple locations this is perfect.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so will be compatible with a Barbadian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; you will need to decide which adapters to pack, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to pack every adapter type.
  • Means lots of individual items to pack.
  • The remaining plug adapters will be redundant.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included (especially less common adapters), so ensure that your set includes one that works in Barbados.
  • 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 will only change the 115 volts in Barbados and not the shape of the plug to fit in a Barbadian power outlet, so you'll still need to pack a suitable power adapter.
  • Costly; £130-£140.
  • The weight of voltage converters makes them too heavy and bulky for hand luggage.
  • Redundant when get back home.
  • Usually better value to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase a more expensive voltage converter just to bring your existing appliance in an incompatible location.
  • When you travel from Britain go to Barbados you will need one as the voltage from a Barbadian power outlet is 115 volts. [10] [AD]

Comparison of electrical adapters for Barbados

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 Barbados 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 Barbadian 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 115 volt AC appliance in Barbados 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 £5 £20-£25 £10-£15 £35-£40 £5-£10 almost £140
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Barbados power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Barbados?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Barbados?

There are two different types of power supply used in Barbados, these are type B and A with the primary power supply being type B:

  • Plug Type A - The plug socket, technically known as a type A power outlet, is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify this power outlet by 2 slots with a hole below for the ground pin. [3] [AD]

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Barbados?

Use a step up power converter if you need to bring a 220V appliance to Barbados.

Is an electric power outlet for the Caribbean Islands the same as a power outlet for Barbados?

The Caribbean

Is an electric power outlet for the Caribbean Islands the same as a power outlet for Barbados?

Different islands throughout The Caribbean use different voltages and power outlet types, a plug which can be used in Barbados might not function in another island. When visiting more than one country in The Caribbean you should either use a multiple power adapter travel set that contains every type of power adapter, or a single international travel plug adapter as both these options make sure you are covered for most different power outlet types that you might encounter.

As each island in The Caribbean uses different voltages and power outlet types, a plug which can be used in Barbados might not function with an outlet on another island. For more details on what to expect before travelling we've compiled a similar guide to this page 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.   [8] [9] [9] [AD]

What electrical frequency is used with a Barbadian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current found in a Barbadian power outlet is 50Hz. [11]

Does Barbados have power outages?

Barbados suffers power blackouts on a monthly basis.

What is access to electricity like in Barbados?

Access to electricity in Barbados is excellent which spans the entire population.

Should I pack a power bank for Barbados?

Because of the lack of a consistent power grid in Barbados visitors should use backup charging solutions if they want to continue charging devices such as phones.

  • Whilst travelling increased use of mobile phones for storing itineraries, taking photographs, social network sharing, getting directions and streaming videos could syphon off power towards the end of the day. A flat smart phone battery could potentially leave you in an unknown location without adequate power to make emergency calls or being able to use a sat nav app to return back to your hotel. Using a portable charger in Barbados eases those concerns as it means you can power up your smart phone on the move, especially when travelling to a location with frequent power outages in some areas.
  • We recommend bringing at least a 10,000mAh portable charger which will supply enough power to power over three full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger should keep an average cell phone charged for roughly seven days depending on the model of phone and usage. The mAh value (milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of a battery and gives an indication of the number of charge cycles the portable charger is capable of, so a higher mAh is more suitable for travellers.
  • Providing that your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then packing a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to extend the battery life of that laptop when travelling to Barbados. However be aware that some airlines prohibit power banks on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Consumer portable chargers aren't strong enough for high wattage items, although a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are designed for travelling to areas with power cuts such as Barbados.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [AD]
Should I pack a power bank for Barbados?
Will a solar powered charger work in Barbados?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Will a solar powered charger work in Barbados?

The sunshine in Barbados should be adequate enough to charge solar power bank reliability, but needs to be left in strong sunshine to produce enough power for a single charge. This might prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The much larger panels found on a solar backpack give the bag the ability to generate more power within a faster period of time and might generate charge when cloudy, making them ideal for the climate in Barbados.
  • Phones which are plugged directly into a USB port of a backpack should trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in Barbados, but might be inconvenient to have it continually connected to the bag if it is to be used frequently. Therefore it is recommended to plug a normal power bank to a solar backpack which can then be constantly topped up inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards the phone can be recharged using the power bank without needing the bag.
  • Although the sunlight in Barbados is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate at least 6 watts of energy and can be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or greater.
  • The flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to endure bending and scratching, unlike regular firm solar cells. They come in backpack, messenger and rucksack styles making them ideal for work, domestic and travel.  [4] [17] [18] [AD]


  • 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)

Barbados 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 Barbados?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Barbados is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Bajans use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers and support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Barbados or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your devices at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel regularly we recommend searching for a flexible travel charger like this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries. [6] [AD]

What USB charger do I need for Barbados?

Why use a travel USB charger for Barbados?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only packing a single USB wall charger rather than bringing numerous chargers.
  • Most travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types making them suitable when visiting other countries which will probably use different standards to Barbados.
  • Good chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace in Barbados.
  • USB chargers will accept the 115 volt power outlets in Barbados and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that accommodation or hotel bedrooms in Barbados might only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perfect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Barbados could prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in multiple low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances with a Barbadian power outlet for useful advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Barbadian power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets could require more than the normal 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices require additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB chargers can also be useful by charging multiple mobile phones every day using one power outlet. [6] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for Barbados?

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 wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Barbados and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Barbados.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Barbados. [6] [AD]

Power converters for Barbados

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

Power converters enable travellers to use their 220-240 volt electric device with a 115 volt Barbadian power outlet.

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

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

A heavy and expensive power converter will convert the voltage of 115 volts from a Barbadian power outlet to work with a non-115 volt device, however a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in Barbados. [19] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for Barbados?

When you are visiting Barbados from a different country check your device will accept a 115 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter if you are travelling to Barbados from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 115 volts. See the world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage device that works with 115 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 230 volts) and used in a 115 volt outlet can take longer to charge or simply won't power up. If your device does not power up or charges slowly when visiting Barbados from another region please check that it is compatible with a 115 volt power outlet otherwise you will need to bring a step up power converter.
  • You don't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair dryers and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter to allow the appliance to be used with a 115 volt Barbadian power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a much heavier high wattage power converter to Barbados in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling irons, blow dryers and hair straighteners with Barbadian power outlets which includes guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20] [AD]

What kind of converter do I need for Barbados?

You will need to use a step up power converter in order to use any 220-240 volt appliance in Barbados. [10] [AD]

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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 to convert 115 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 115 volt Barbadian 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 Barbados before plugging that into a Barbadian 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 115 volt Barbadian power outlet. [10] [AD]

What voltage is used in Barbados?

Barbados uses 115 volts in their standard power outlets. [2]
What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my appliance?

The easiest method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug or on the unit itself, typically near to where the power cord plugs into. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your appliance and could also state in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.


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 Barbados?

Which type of power adapter will I need to bring to Barbados?

The type of plug adapter or power converter which is suitable for Barbados will depend on your requirements, so before choosing the right adapter to bring we suggest using this checklist:

How many electrical items will you be bringing to Barbados?

How much are you packing

How many electrical items will you be bringing to Barbados?

  • Trying counting how many devices and applicances you'll need to bring to Barbados (such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops, eReaders, hair straighteners or curling irons).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more electrical devices at a later date. Are you thinking about purchasing a new tablet computer soon?
    • There are an increasing number of USB powered rechargeable devices such as electric shavers which utilise USB as their power source. Therefore next time you replace a device it might use a USB adapter so check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these as well.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who might need to charge their phones?
Will you only be charging USB devices?

Are you only bringing USB items

Will you only be charging USB devices?

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

A USB powered phone

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

  • There are 3 types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic items that plug into an electrical outlet - for example laptops and cameras.
    • High wattage appliances that plug into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons and hair dryers.
    • USB devices that charge with a USB port - for example phones.
  • When you only intend to take just USB powered devices then a travel USB charger is ideal as you'll only need to bring that single charger .
  • Travel power strips are built for providing power and converting voltage for several low wattage devices, however unsuitable for high wattage appliances that require voltage conversion.

Will your devices work with 115 volt power outlets?

Is Barbados the only location you intend to visit?

  • Single power adapters will typically only operate in a single country which they are made for, so if you want to travel to more than a single country then you may need to bring additional power adapters which can add to the weight you have to pack.
  • On the other hand universal travel adapters and travel USB wall chargers are perfect for visiting more than one country becuase of the inclusion of interchangeable heads.
How many Barbadian power outlets will be available?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many Barbadian power outlets will be available?

  • The accommodation in Barbados may only offer one wall outlet, this will present a problem when recharging the batteries of more than one electronic device overnight as you'll only be able to recharge a single device at a time after each device has finished charging.
  • To charge multiple devices simultaneously we suggest using a travel power strip or USB wall charger which can charge multiple USB ports and outlets. [7] [AD]

What is your budget?

  • A cheap power adapter starts from around under £10 which powers only one single device in Barbados (provided that is compatible with 115 volts or is dual voltage) but paying anywhere £20-£25 allows you to charge multiple devices simultaneously and use them in multiple countries.

Are you intending on visiting anywhere else abroad in the future?

Do you bringing just hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage?

Are you flying long haul to get to Barbados?

Making a call after a flight

Are you flying long haul to get to Barbados?

  • For extended journeys think about an appropriate charger which is perfect for airports that works in different outlet types, one that can be packed in carry-on luggage and can charge phones and tablets.
  • Because not all airlines have power outlets we recommend bringing a battery portable charger for recharging on the go. When arriving you could need to use your mobile phone for making calls, sending texts, using sat nav or reading your itinerary; therefore please ensure that your phone will have enough battery power left. [4] [AD]

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

What can I connect to a Barbadian power outlet

Travel appliances that can plug into a Barbadian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Barbadian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Barbadian power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to a Barbadian power outlet

Apple iPhones that can connect to a Barbadian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Barbadian power outlet

Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Barbadian power outlet

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


We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Barbados, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets[22]


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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Barbados.
  2. - 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, costs £4-£5
  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, costs £25-£30.
  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, priced under £15
  7. 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 cost under £40
  8. 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 around £20
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, costing 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, £130-£140
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, under £80.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, costs £25-£30.
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, estimated price £20-£25.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, priced £25-£30.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, £100-£110.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, estimated price £120-£130
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight to power any USB powered device, estimated cost £30-£35.
  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 £130-£140
  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, priced £140-£150.
  21. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet, costs £130-£140
  22. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -