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Power adapters for The Dominican Republic

If planning a vacation it can often be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your vital gadgets at your hotel. By not knowing which power supply is used in The Dominican Republic you may pack the wrong power charger, meaning having to buy a suitable power adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in The Dominican Republic. This page has links to step-by-step instructions which shows exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're in The Dominican Republic by using the types B or A 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets, most Dominicanse will use the Type B power outlets. You'll discover power sockets vary depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the power adapters for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for The Dominican Republic?

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

What is the best power adapter for The Dominican Republic?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a small and cheap plastic adapter which allows a different type of power plug from a different region to safely fit into an electic outlet in The Dominican Republic.

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

Do I need a power adapter for The Dominican Republic?

It depends on the type of plug you want to use.

Will a power adapter change the voltage in The Dominican Republic?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt Dominican Republic power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any 220, 230 or 240 volt device then you also need to bring a more expensive step up power converter for The Dominican Republic along with the correct type of adapter.

What does a power adapter for a Dominican Republic power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different location to use their own electrical appliances and devices in The Dominican Republic by changing the shape of the plug to fit the wall outlet.

Where to buy a power adapter for The Dominican Republic in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for The Dominican Republic in the UK

The Dominican Republic 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.

Where to buy a power adapter in The Dominican Republic

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in The Dominican Republic

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.

  1. Wikipedia - The Dominican Republic Wiki page.
  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