Caribbean adapters - What power adapter do I need for Barbados?

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. [2]

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. [3]

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.

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Barbados.
  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, £5-£10.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor