Adapter for The Caribbean - What kind of adapter do I need for Jamaica?

Power adapters for Jamaica

When packing for a vacation to Jamaica it's helpful to know in advance if you can charge your common devices when you're there. But, without knowing which plug socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced power adaptor when you get there that might be incompatible. Varying complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Jamaica. This page has links to instructions showing how to power your devices when going to Jamaica using their Type B or A Jamaican 110 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Jamaicans will typically use the Type B sockets in their power outlets. Power changes depending on which country you are visiting so please read the power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Jamaica?

The best power adapter for Jamaica is a Type B power adapter which allows you to use any 110 volt device or appliance. [2]

What is the best power adapter for Jamaica?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that allow a Jamaican power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from a foreign region. [3]

Do I need a plug adapter in Jamaica?

If the shape of the plug outlet in Jamaica is different to the shape of the Jamaican power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Jamaica enables a visitor from a different country to use their own electronic appliances and devices in Jamaica by altering the shape of the plug to fit the power outlet.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Jamaica?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt Jamaican power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use any 220-240 volt device you also need to bring a step up power converter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Jamaica in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Jamaica in the UK

Jamaica 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 Jamaica

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Jamaica

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 - Jamaica entry on wikipedia.org.
  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