Power adapters for The Caribbean - What power adapter do I need for Cuba?

Power adapters for Cuba

When packing for a vacation to Cuba it can be helpful to know if you can use your vital devices when you arrive. Without knowing which plug socket is used in Cuba you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, leaving you having to buy a suitable power adaptor when you need it. Differing standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Cuba. This page contains links to useful instructions showing you exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices in Cuba using the Type C, A or B Cuban 110 volt 60Hz power outlets, you'll discover a majority of Cubans use the Type C sockets in their wall outlets. Most power adapters will vary from country to country therefore we recommend that you read our Wiki Connections world power adapters guide for a complete list showing charging devices in different regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Cuba?

The best power adapter for Cuba will be a Type C plug adapter which is suitable for powering any 110 volt device or appliance. [2]

What is the best power adapter for Cuba?

What is a power adapter for a Cuban power outlet?

A power adapter for Cuba is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug from another country to fit into a Cuban power outlet.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor[3]

What does a power adapter for a Cuban power outlet do?

A power adapter for Cuba allows a visitor from a different location to use electrical appliances in Cuba by changing the shape of the plug to fit the power socket.

Will a power adapter change the voltage in Cuba?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt Cuban power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. Should you need to safely use a 220-240 volt appliance you will also need to bring a step up power converter for Cuba.

Do I need a power adapter in Cuba?

If the type of Cuban power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter in Cuba

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Cuba

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 Cuba in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Cuba in the UK

Cuba 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 - Cuban Wikipedia page.
  2. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, estimated cost £10-£15.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor