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Power adapters for Tobago

When planning to travel to Tobago it's useful to know in advance if you can power all your common electrical devices that you are bringing along with you. Without knowing which wall socket is being used you may bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to borrow a suitable adaptor on arrival which might not be compatible and damage your device. Various standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on visiting a different country especially for the first time traveller. 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 Tobago. This page has links to instructions which shows exactly how to power your devices when you are visiting Tobago using their standard types B or A Tobagonian 115 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type B power outlets will be typically used by a majority of Tobagonians. You'll find power will differ depending on which area you are travelling to therefore we recommend reading the World power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Tobago?

The best power adapter for Tobago is a Type B power adapter which is suitable for powering any 115 volt device or appliance. [2]

What is the best power adapter for Tobago?

What is a power adapter for a Tobagonian power outlet?

Power adapters are compact and cheap plastic adapters that allow a different type of power plug from a foreign region to easily fit into a power socket in Tobago. [3]

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Tobago?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 115 volt Tobagonian power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 220, 230 or 240 volt device then you will also need to bring a more expensive step up power converter for Tobago along with the correct type of power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Tobago enables visitors from a different location to use their electronic appliances in Tobago by altering the shape of the power plug.

Do I need a plug adapter in Tobago?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you wish to use in Tobago.

Where to buy a power adapter in Tobago

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Tobago

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 Tobago in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Tobago in the UK

Tobago 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 - Tobago Wikipedia web 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, estimated price £5-£10.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor