Saint Pierre power adapters - what plugs are used in Saint Pierre?

St Pierrais power outlet

What adapter do I need for Saint Pierre?

You need to bring a Type E plug adapter [3] to Saint Pierre if the plug you wish to use won't fit in a St Pierrais power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Saint Pierre all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use in a St Pierrais power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device uses then read the section below on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If you're from the US and travelling to Saint Pierre then you will need to use a plug adapter for Saint Pierre to fit a US plug into a St Pierrais power outlet. As the voltage is different in Saint Pierre pack a power converter for Saint Pierre if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a St Pierrais power outlet then you can use it in Saint Pierre without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a St Pierrais power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Saint Pierre such a Type E plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Saint Pierre (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Saint Pierre, but can't convert the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Saint Pierre to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Saint Pierre if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you want to power USB devices such as a tablet or cell phone then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose a USB travel adapter which has a Type E plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Saint Pierre.
  • Excessive use of a phone during a vacation to Saint Pierre could leave you with a flat battery quickly, we suggest packing a power bank [4] if you want to keep your phone battery charged throughout the day whilst travelling to an unfamiliar country.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before using your device in Saint Pierre please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Saint Pierre power adapters

Power adapters for Saint Pierre

Various combinations of standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Saint Pierre. This page contains links to useful instructions which shows exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when staying in Saint Pierre using their standard 230 volt 50Hz E Type wall outlet, with the Saint-Pierrais using CEE 7/5 French sockets for charging. Most power adapters will change depending on which region you in therefore we recommend that you read our Wiki Connections travel power adapters page where you'll find a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Saint Pierre?

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

What is the best power adapter for Saint Pierre?

What is a power adapter for a St Pierrais power outlet?

A power adapter for Saint Pierre is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that allows a different shaped power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly slot into an electrical outlet in Saint Pierre.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [5].

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter allows a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances and devices in Saint Pierre simply by altering the shape of the power plug to fit the wall outlet.

Will a power adapter change the voltage in Saint Pierre?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt St Pierrais power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. Should you need to safely use a 100-120 volt device you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Saint Pierre.

Do I need a power adapter in Saint Pierre?

If the shape of the St Pierrais power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Saint Pierre from the US?

If you are visiting from America then you will need to use a plug adapter for Saint Pierre because American plugs won't physically fit in a St Pierrais power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Saint Pierre to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

Saint Pierre power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Saint Pierre?

Type E power outlet

What plug sockets are used in Saint Pierre?

Type E plug sockets are used in Saint Pierre. You can recognise this wall socket by two large round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins plus one metal earth pin protruding the top forming a triangular shape.

Do US plugs work in Saint Pierre?

No; an American plug won't work in Saint Pierre because it doesn't fit in a St Pierrais power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is 230 volts therefore please use a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

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

To use either a 110V or 120V appliance in Saint Pierre you need to bring a step down power converter.

What electrical frequency is used in Saint Pierre?

The frequency used in a St Pierrais power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is the voltage in Saint Pierre the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a St Pierrais power outlet is 230 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your American charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for Saint Pierre which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

Are St Pierrais power outlets the same as US?

An American plug won't fit in a St Pierrais power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Saint Pierre. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Saint Pierre and ensure that it works with 50hz.

Should I bring a portable charger to Saint Pierre?

It is always advised to pack a power bank to recharge their cell phone whilst on a trip.

  • For many people being without their phone can make them anxious, especially when being relied upon when travelling. During a trip increased reliance on smart phones for taking photographs, storing calendars, social networks, GPS and web browsing can drain power more excessively than normal. A flat cell phone battery could possibly leave you in an unknown location without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use sat nav to get directions to your hotel or accommodation.
  • Bringing a portable charger [4] to Saint Pierre alleviates those concerns as it allows you to recharge your cell phone without needing a St Pierrais power outlet.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank [4] will supply enough energy to power over 3 full charges and a 20,000mAh portable charger [9] should keep an average mobile phone charged for roughly 7 days depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • If you need to charge your laptop in Saint Pierre and it has a USB-C charging port then bring a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying at least 20 Wh. Be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Small consumer portable chargers aren't designed for use with high powered items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] are available for travelling.
Should I bring a portable charger to Saint Pierre?

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 Pierre 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.

Why use a travel USB charger for Saint Pierre?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only packing a single USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple individual power chargers with you.
  • All travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions thereby making them perfect if travelling to multiple countries which are likely to use a different outlet to Saint Pierre.
  • A good charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing along a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace or repair in Saint Pierre.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 230 volt power outlets in Saint Pierre along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Saint Pierre only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile 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 found in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good travel charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Saint Pierre might prove difficult and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to power multiple low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See the section on using travel appliances in Saint Pierre for helpful advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a St Pierrais power outlet.
  • Certain tablets and mobile phones might require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from 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 need additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Saint Pierre?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following 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 grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Saint Pierre and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Saint Pierre.
  • 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 is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Saint Pierre.

Power converters for Saint Pierre

What does a power converter for a St Pierrais power outlet do?

Power converters for Saint Pierre enable travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt St Pierrais 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 Pierre?

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet in Saint Pierre, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [12] will transform a 230 volt St Pierrais power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Saint Pierre?

If you are travelling to Saint Pierre from a different country please make sure that your device can be charged using a 230 volt power supply.

  • You need a step down power converter [13] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 230 volts. See our WikiConnections world power outlets page to see which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Electrical devices designed for a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and used in a 230 volt power outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or mobile phone as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as curling irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [14].
  • Investing a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than trying to bring a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in Saint Pierre.
  • Read these guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hair dryers and flat irons with a St Pierrais power outlet which includes advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for Saint Pierre if I'm visiting from America?

The voltage from a power outlet in Saint Pierre is different to a US outlet, therefore you will need to use a step down power converter [13] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Saint Pierre?

To use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt St Pierrais power outlet you need to use a step down power converter [13].

What voltage does Saint Pierre use?

Saint Pierre uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [13] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt St Pierrais 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 Pierre before plugging that into a St Pierrais 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 Pierrais power outlet.
What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

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

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.
What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if a device is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the appliance itself, normally on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location might vary depending on the make and model of your device but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could 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 normally say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

What can I connect to a St Pierrais power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a St Pierrais power outlet

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

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

Mobile phones which can be connected to a St Pierrais power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a St Pierrais power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a St Pierrais power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a St Pierrais power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Saint Pierre, 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 [15].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Pierre_and_Miquelon - St Pierrais Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E power outlets without converting voltage.
  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.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  8. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  9. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  10. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  11. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets