UK to Saint Vincent power adapters - do I need an adapter in Saint Vincent?

St Vincentian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Saint Vincent?

You'll need to pack a Type G plug adapter [3] for Saint Vincent if your plug won't fit in a St Vincentian power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Saint Vincent all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a St Vincentian power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • Expect frequent power blackouts and limited access to power in certain areas of Saint Vincent, we suggest packing a power bank [4] if you want to recharge your phone whilst staying in an area without access to power or during a blackout.
  • If you are planning on travelling to Saint Vincent from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a St Vincentian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Saint Vincent you will also need to bring a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a St Vincentian power outlet then you can use it in Saint Vincent without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a St Vincentian power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Saint Vincent such a Type G plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Saint Vincent (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Saint Vincent, but doesn't change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Saint Vincent to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Saint Vincent if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you want to power USB devices such as a mobile phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but ensure that you bring one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Saint Vincent.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts used in Saint Vincent you run the risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Prior to using your device in Saint Vincent check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Saint Vincent power adapters

Power adapters for Saint Vincent

When packing for a holiday to Saint Vincent it can be helpful to know if you can power your devices like mobiles and laptops when you're there. However, without knowing which wall socket is used in Saint Vincent you could end up either having to bring too many adaptors or pack the wrong power charger, therefore needing to borrow a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause problems with your device. Complicated combinations of voltages and standards can all lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it appears, 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 Saint Vincent. This page contains links to useful instructions showing you exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when visiting Saint Vincent using the standard G, C, E, I or K type St Vincentian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note Type G plug outlets are typically used by most St Vincentians. You'll find that power adapters will change from region to region so please read the Wiki Connections travel power adapters list where you'll find a full list showing regions.

What is the best power adapter for Saint Vincent?

The best power adapter for Saint Vincent is a Type G power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Saint Vincent?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which permit a different type of power plug from a different country to fit into a St Vincentian power outlet.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Saint Vincent allows a visitor travelling from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances and devices in Saint Vincent by adapting the shape of the power plug.

Do I need a power adapter in Saint Vincent?

If the type of electric outlet in Saint Vincent isn't the same as the power plug that you want to use then you will need a power adapter.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage in Saint Vincent?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt St Vincentian power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device you will also need a step down power converter for Saint Vincent along with the right power adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Saint Vincent in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Saint Vincent in the UK

Saint Vincent 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 Saint Vincent

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Saint Vincent

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.

Electrical adapters for Saint Vincent

Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

UK citizens will not need to use a plug adapter for Saint Vincent because a UK plug fits a St Vincentian power outlet.

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Using a Type G plug adapter [3] will work in Saint Vincent.
  • Straightforward design makes the power adapter easy to use.
  • Cheapest option, prices under £10.
  • Light and small.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Should you plan to travel to more than just Saint Vincent then you might need to pack more than one type of plug adapter.
  • This adapter only modifies the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G St Vincentian power outlet but doesn't modify the actual voltage, so if your device doesn't support a 230 volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage then you will still need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • Only 1 power adapter per appliance - for every individual device you want to use you'll also need to use a separate power plug adapter.
  • Hotel rooms may only have one wall outlet available, so you'll only be capable of charging a single device at once.
  • You'll also need to pack a separate USB charger as well if you wish to charge any USB device.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Perfect when visiting to multiple countries. Typical universal travel adapters are designed to operate in around 150 countries.
  • All in one design - small and lightweight for £15-£20.
  • Some universal travel power adapters include multiple charging ports for USB electronics built in.
  • Relatively easy to use.
  • Some universal travel adapters also have a surge protector which will prevent any device from being overloaded by unstable power grids.
  • The retractable pins won't catch against other items in your baggage.
  • A universal travel power adapter should still be functional when you return to the UK as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit in a St Vincentian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal travel adapters will overload when used with a high power electrical appliance such as clothes irons, hair straighteners, microwaves, kettles, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • The shutters and other moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel adapters making them prone to breaking on your trip.
  • Will only provide power to one plug.
  • Not completely universal - some models might not cover certain countries with less common power outlets.
  • Lacking an in-built power converter means it won't be suitable for electrical devices which don't support 230 volts in Saint Vincent.
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip kit

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is capable of powering multiple appliances concurrently using just one power outlet, costs £35-£40.
  • Some types of power strips offer voltage conversation for low wattage devices (for example laptops). So even if your device isn't dual voltage it can still work with a St Vincentian power outlet by using only a travel power strip, making them a cheaper and lightweight substitute for a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Typical modern power strips will feature multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain countries could be tempremental, a power surge could damage delicate electrical items. Some power strips have a surge protector which will prevent any device from being overloaded by unstable power grids.
  • When you return home the power strip will still be useful.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The power converter on a travel power strip won't convert higher wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or clothes irons.
  • Because of their weight travel power strips might be too bulky for packing in hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip might be considered excessive if you only bring a small number of devices to charge.
  • 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.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect if you only want to power USB devices, for example cell phones, tablet computers or Kindles.
  • Instead of packing lots of domestic power chargers you will only have to pack one charger which costs on average around £10.
  • USB wall chargers are typically supplied with interchangeable heads which make them versatile in a large number of countries. Interchangeable adapter heads are typically lightweight and small making them easy to fit into hand luggage.
  • Offers surge protection.
  • When you return to the UK the charger should still be functional.
  • The swappable heads fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work with a St Vincentian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB outputs so you will be unable to charge any appliances, only USB powered ones.
Plug Adapter Sets

A power plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly £5-£10 a power adapter set typically works out more cost-effective than buying individual power plug adapter types costing over £5 each.
  • Ensures you are covered for all plug outlet types.
  • For those travelling to multiple countries a adapter set is the most flexible option.
  • A plug adapter set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so should operate in Saint Vincent.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible - you'll have to decide which plug adapters they'll need, or alternatively bring every power adapter type.
  • Lots individual items to pack.
  • The remaining power adapters will be redundant.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included in each set (especially the less common adapters) - so ensure that your plug adapter set includes an adapter which works with a St Vincentian power outlet.
  • Only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a St Vincentian power outlet but doesn't modify the voltage.
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters offer surge protection

Voltage Converters

Those originating from the UK shouldn't need to use a voltage converter as the voltage in Saint Vincent is 230 volts.

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • Only changes the 230 volts from a St Vincentian power outlet and not the actual shape of the plug to fit in a St Vincentian power outlet, therefore you'll still need to use the right type of plug adapter.
  • The typical size of voltage converters makes them way too bulky and heavy for carrying in hand luggage.
  • A converter won't be useful when get back from Saint Vincent.
  • Usually much cheaper to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy an expensive voltage converter just in order to bring your existing domestic appliance abroad.
  • Expensive; almost £90.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Saint Vincent

Type G 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 Saint Vincent Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included G 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) 50+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type G St Vincentian power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a St Vincentian power outlet 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 230 volt AC appliance in Saint Vincent 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 £10 £15-£20 £10-£15 £35-£40 £5-£10 over £15
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Saint Vincent power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Saint Vincent?

There are five different types of power outlets used in Saint Vincent, types G, C, E, I and K with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type C - The power outlet (called the type C socket or Europlug) is identified by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type E - You can identify the power outlet by the two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes and a long metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangle pattern.
  • Plug Type G - This power socket, also known as a type G power outlet, can be recognised by 3 vertical rectangular slots forming a triangle shape.
  • Plug Type I - The wall socket (technically known as a type I power outlet) can be recognised by three slots forming an upside-down triangle pattern with the top pair of slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  • Plug Type K - You can identify the power outlet by the 3 large holes in an upside-down triangular configuration with the bottom hole appearing in a semicircle shape.
What plug sockets are used in Saint Vincent?

What is the electrical frequency used in a St Vincentian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current in a St Vincentian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is an electrical power outlet in the Caribbean Islands the same as a power outlet for Saint Vincent?

The Caribbean

Is an electrical power outlet in the Caribbean Islands the same as a power outlet for Saint Vincent?

Different islands in The Caribbean use different voltages and power outlet types, a plug that works with a St Vincentian power outlet might not operate or fit in another island. When visiting more than one island in The Caribbean it is advised to either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [12] containing every type of power adapter, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter [13] as both these options ensure you are covered for most different power outlet types which you might find in each country.

As each island in The Caribbean uses different standards of voltages and power outlet types, a plug which is used in Saint Vincent might not work properly on another island. Before travelling check these pages for more details on what to expect for every Caribbean island: 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.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Saint Vincent?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V appliance in Saint Vincent.

What is access to electrical power in Saint Vincent like?

In Saint Vincent almost 5% of the population of the country doesn't have access to electrical power.

Does Saint Vincent have many power outages?

It is reported that there are potentially monthly power blackouts in parts of Saint Vincent.

Should I pack a portable charger for Saint Vincent?

USB power bank

Should I pack a portable charger for Saint Vincent?

As power isn't available to 100% of the population of Saint Vincent combined with potential power failures, visitors are advised to bring backup charging options if they wish to continue charging devices such as cellphones or eReaders dependably.

  • During a trip increased reliance on cell phones for taking photographs, storing calendars, social networks, getting directions and staying entertained could syphon off power more excessively than normal. Beyond the simple missing photograph opportunities a flat cell phone battery could possibly leave you stranded without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use sat nav to get directions to your hotel or accommodation. Packing a portable charger [4] for Saint Vincent lowers that risk as it means you can keep your cell phone charged without needing a wall charger, especially when travelling to a location with limited access to power and power cuts in some areas.
  • A 10,000mAh portable charger [4] will supply enough energy to power around 3 full charges while a 20,000mAh portable charger [16] should keep a typical smart phone charged for almost a week.
  • If you need to charge your laptop in Saint Vincent and your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then use a portable charger for a laptop [17] marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying 20 Wh or more.
  • Be aware that some airlines prohibit power banks on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage so we recommended checking ahead with the airline.
  • Consumer power banks won't work with high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [14] or gas hair straighteners [15] are designed for travelling to countries with frequent power cuts and limited access to electricity like Saint Vincent.
Does a solar battery charger work in Saint Vincent?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

Does a solar battery charger work in Saint Vincent?

The sunlight in Saint Vincent will be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank [19] reliability, but will need to be left in strong daylight in order to produce adequate energy for a single charge. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the much larger solar panels used on a solar backpack [18] will give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time and could also generate power when cloudy, meaning they should perform well in Saint Vincent.
  • A phone which has been plugged directly into the USB port of a backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Saint Vincent, however could prove inconvenient to have the phone continually connected in the bag if it is to be needed frequently. A battery power bank [4] plugged in a solar backpack can be constantly recharged inside the bag during the day, afterwards the phone can be recharged using the power bank at any time without sunshine.
  • Even though the sunlight in Saint Vincent is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate at least 6 watts of energy and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater. Unlike regular solid solar cells, the durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags have been made to survive bending and scratching. They are available in backpack, rucksack and messenger styles making them perfect for travel, domestic and work.

Sources

  • 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)

Saint Vincent 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 Saint Vincent?

When travelling with more than just one device or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Saint Vincent to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are five standards of plug sockets that St Vincentians use (types G, C, E, I and K) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads. If your type of device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel chargers for your St Vincentian trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Saint Vincent we recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Saint Vincent?

Why use a travel USB charger for Saint Vincent?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. This reduces the size and weight of your luggage by only needing to pack one USB wall charger rather than having to bring numerous different chargers along.
  • Travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them ideal when travelling to different countries which are likely to use different power outlets to Saint Vincent.
  • Good travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace or repair in Saint Vincent.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Saint Vincent along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Saint Vincent might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often sparse and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers before a flight can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Saint Vincent might prove difficult and expensive.
  • Larger USB travel chargers also include a power outlet strip to plug in low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information see the section on using travel appliances in Saint Vincent for helpful advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage devices in a St Vincentian power outlet.
  • Some cell phones might pull more than the usual 500 milliamps supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices draw additional power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can also be useful when returning home by charging multiple cell phones overnight using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Saint Vincent?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Saint Vincent.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Saint Vincent.

Power converters for Saint Vincent

What is a power converter?

Power converters for Saint Vincent enable travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical device with a 230 volt St Vincentian power outlet.

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

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Saint Vincent?

An expensive and heavy power converter [20] will transform a 230 volt St Vincentian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Saint Vincent.

Do I need a power converter for Saint Vincent?

If you are visiting Saint Vincent from another region please check the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [10] is needed if you are travelling to Saint Vincent from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance isn't compatible with 230 volts. Read the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to see the voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices which are designed to use a lower voltage (such as 120 volts) and then used in a 230 volt outlet run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse unless you use a step down power converter [10].
  • You won't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or mobile phone as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and curling irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [21].
  • Investing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance should be more cost effective and practical than bringing a heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive travel guides on travelling with curling irons, clothes irons, blow dryers and flat irons in St Vincentian power outlets which includes advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

What converter do I need for Saint Vincent?

You need to use a step down power converter [10] which allows you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt St Vincentian power outlet.

What voltage does Saint Vincent use?

Saint Vincent uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [10] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt St Vincentian 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 Saint Vincent before plugging that into a St Vincentian 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 to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 230 volt St Vincentian power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

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

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 tell the voltage of your device

Single voltage hair dryer

How to tell the voltage of your device

The best method to tell if a device is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the power adapter or on the appliance itself, typically near to where the power cord goes. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance, it could also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

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

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Travel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets and number of USB powers were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for Saint Vincent?

Which type of adapter will I need for Saint Vincent?

The type of power converter or plug adapter that is best to use in Saint Vincent depends on your requirements. Prior to choosing the right one to pack we suggest using the following checklist:

How many electrical devices are you bringing to Saint Vincent?

Family may need to recharge devices too

How many electrical devices are you bringing to Saint Vincent?

  • List all the devices and applicances you intend to bring to Saint Vincent (including tablets, mobile phones, hair straighteners and curling irons).
    • Remember to allow for more electrical devices at a later date. Do you intend on buying a new mobile phone computer next year for example?
    • There are a growing number of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise USB for their power charging source. The next time you have to replace a device it might need a USB adapter so remember to ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these additional devices as well.
  • Are you also bringing family along who might need to charge their iPads?
What are the types of electrical items do you need to charge?

A travel shaver

What are the types of electrical items do you need to charge?

  • There are 3 types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electronic items which plug into a power outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example hair dryers or clothes irons.
    • USB powered devices which connect to a USB port - for example phones.
  • Should you only intend to take just USB powered devices to Saint Vincent you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is perfect because you'll only have to bring that single lightweight charger along with appropriate USB charging cables whilst leaving your domestic chargers at home.
  • Travel power strips are made for powering and converting voltage for multiple low wattage devices of any voltage (such as a laptop), but won't work with high wattage appliances which require voltage conversion.
How many St Vincentian power outlets are available?

How many power outlets will be available

How many St Vincentian power outlets are available?

  • Accommodation may only have a single power outlet. This could present an issue when charging more than one electronic item overnight because you will only be able to recharge one device at a time then have to keep swapping every few hours.
  • To recharge multiple devices at the same time look to packing a travel power strip or travel USB wall charger that are capable of powering multiple USB ports or outlets.

Do your devices work with a 230 volt power outlet?

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

Will you only need USB electronics

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

  • Should you only intend on bringing USB electronics such as phones for Saint Vincent then it is recommended to just bring a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter then you'll still need to use your domestic USB power charger too.

Do you plan on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

How much can you afford to pay?

  • Basic power adapters start at under £5 which charges only one device in Saint Vincent (provided that it is dual voltage or works with 230 volts) however investing in anywhere £15-£20 means you can charge multiple devices at once and bring them to multiple countries.

Will your trip include visits to countries other than Saint Vincent?

  • Single plug adapters will typically only work in a single country that they are made for, so if you plan on visiting multiple countries then you'll need to carry additional plug adapters which in turn adds to the weight you'll have to pack.
  • However, universal travel adapters and travel USB wall chargers are designed for visiting multiple countries due to their interchangeable head system.

Will you always have good access to electrical power?

  • The electricity could often fluctuate in Saint Vincent which can possibly cause damage to your devices, you will need to use an adapter which has surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Due to Saint Vincent suffering from power cuts and having limited coverage of power in some areas you might discover that whatever power charger you use won't function anyway. Prepare for power cuts and areas of limited electrical coverage by packing a portable charger [4] and a solar backpack [18].

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

Are you flying long haul to travel to Saint Vincent?

Using a phone in the airport

Are you flying long haul to travel to Saint Vincent?

  • For long journeys think about packing a convenient airport-friendly power charger that works in different power outlet types, one that is small enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can be used to quickly charge tablets and phones.
  • As not all airports and planes have power outlets please consider packing a portable charger [4] which will recharge on the move. When you land in Saint Vincent you could need to rely on your mobile phone to make a call, messenging, using mapping or viewing your itinerary - please ensure that your phone will have ample battery power remaining.
Do you plan on travelling with hand luggage to Saint Vincent?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you plan on travelling with hand luggage to Saint Vincent?

What can I connect to a St Vincentian power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a St Vincentian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a St Vincentian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a St Vincentian power outlet

Mobile phones that work with a St Vincentian power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a St Vincentian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a St Vincentian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a St Vincentian power outlet

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

Corrections

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

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Vincent_and_the_Grenadines - St Vincentian country Wiki page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, £5-£10.
  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, priced at £20-£25.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. 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, £15-£20.
  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, £35-£40.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, costs around £5.
  10. 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 £80-£90.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set , estimated price £15-£20.
  13. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries, £15-£20.
  14. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, priced £10-£15.
  15. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, costing £30-£35.
  16. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, £35-£40.
  17. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, costing around £100.
  18. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, under £80.
  19. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, £10-£15.
  20. 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, £15-£20.
  21. 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 at £15-£20.
  22. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets