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Power adapters for Antigua

If packing for a holiday it can often be helpful to know if you'll be able to power any gadgets such as cell phones and laptop computers when you get there. Without knowing which power socket is being used in Antigua you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor on arrival that might not be compatible and damage your device. Various standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Antigua. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions which shows which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when travelling to Antigua by using the B or A type 230 volt 60Hz plug outlets, please be aware Type B wall outlets will be normally used by most Antiguans. Power adapters vary from region to region so we recommend reading our Wiki Connections global power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Antigua?

The best power adapter for Antigua is a Type B power adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Antigua?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that allow an electic socket in Antigua to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a different region.

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

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from another country to use electrical appliances in Antigua simply by changing the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter in Antigua?

If the power plug you are using is different to the shape of the Antiguan power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Antigua from the US?

A US plug does not need an adapter as it can already fit in an Antiguan power outlet however the voltage is different so use a power converter for Antigua if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from an Antiguan power outlet?

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Antiguan power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device then you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter along with the correct type of power adapter.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Antigua?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Antigua?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports 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 but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can 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.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antigua_and_Barbuda - Antigua entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B power outlets without converting voltage.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor