Tobago power adapters - what plugs are used in Tobago?

Tobagonian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Tobago?

You will need to pack a Type B plug adapter [3] for Tobago if the plug you intend on using won't fit in a Tobagonian power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Tobago all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power with a Tobagonian power outlet. If you're unsure of which voltage your device can use then please read the section below on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • Please be aware that Tobago has power blackouts, we recommend bringing a power bank [4] if you wish to keep your phone battery and other USB devices fully charged during a blackout.
  • If you're from America and visiting Tobago you will not need a power adapter or power converter. However it may be practical to use a USB travel power adapter as it allows you to recharge multiple devices by only bringing one charger.
  • If your device can run on 115 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Tobagonian power outlet then it should work in Tobago.
  • If your device can run on 115 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Tobagonian power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Tobago such a Type B plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Tobago (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Tobago, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 115 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 115 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Tobago to convert the voltage from 115 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Tobago if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose one which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Tobago.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 115 volts used in Tobago you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Tobago read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Tobago power adapters

Power adapters for Tobago

If packing for a trip it can be helpful to know if you'll be able to power any gadgets such as cell phones or laptop computers when you're there. But, without knowing which power socket is being used you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore having to buy a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive. Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to visit another country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Tobago. This page contains links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when going to Tobago by using the B or A type 115 volt 60Hz plug outlets, a majority of Tobagonians normally use the Type B plugs in their power outlets. Most power adapters will vary regionally so we suggest that you read the Wiki Connections global power adapters guide where you'll find a full list showing charging devices in different destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Tobago?

The best power adapter for Tobago will be a Type B power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 115 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Tobago?

What is a power adapter for a Tobagonian power outlet?

A power adapter for Tobago is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits an electrical socket in Tobago 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 [5].

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Tobago?

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

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from a different country to use electrical appliances and devices in Tobago simply by adapting the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter in Tobago?

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

Do I need a plug adapter for Tobago if I'm visiting from America?

An American plug does not require a power adapter because it already fits into a Tobagonian power outlet.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Tobago?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Tobago?

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.

Tobago power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Tobago?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Tobago?

There are two different types of power supply used in Tobago, these are type B and A with the primary power outlets being type B:

  • Plug Type A - You can identify this power socket by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral blades sit.
  • Plug Type B - The wall outlet (technically known as a type B power outlet) can be identified by the two thin slots where the twin plug socket blades go with a semicircular shaped hole below for the grounded pin.

Do US plugs work in Tobago?

Yes, an American plug will work in Tobago and does not need a power converter or a plug adapter.

Is a power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for Tobago?

Various countries throughout The Caribbean use different voltages and power outlet types, a plug that works with a Tobagonian power outlet might not function in an electrical outlet on another island. When visiting more than one country in The Caribbean it is recommended to either use a multiple power adapter travel set [6] containing every type of power adapter, or a single international travel plug adapter [7] as both these options should ensure that you are covered for most different power outlet types that you might find on each island.

Because each island in The Caribbean uses different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug which works with a Tobagonian power outlet might not operate properly with an outlet on another island. When preparing to travel read these pages for more details on what to expect for every island in the Caribbean: 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.

What is the frequency used in a Tobagonian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Tobagonian power outlet is 60Hz.

Is the voltage in Tobago the same as the US?

The voltage in Tobago is 115 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. Although these are very similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your American charger or appliance can support voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Tobago?

A step up power converter will allow you to use a 220V appliance in Tobago.

Are outlets in Tobago the same as US?

An American plug will fit into outlets in Tobago, both the voltage range and frequency are the identical to the US.

What is access to electricity like in Tobago?

Tobago has 100% access to electricity throughout the country.

Are there many power outages in Tobago?

Typically Tobago reports power failures on a monthly basis.

Should I bring a power bank to Tobago?

USB power bank for charging phones

Should I bring a power bank to Tobago?

Because of the lack of a consistent power grid in Tobago visitors are advised to pack alternative charging solutions if they want to charge devices such as cellphones or tablets dependably.

  • Whilst travelling increased use of cell phones for storing itineraries, taking photographs, social networks, sat nav and streaming videos will syphon off power towards the end of the day. As well as the simple missed photograph opportunities a flat mobile phone battery can potentially leave you without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to find your way back to hotel. Bringing a portable charger [4] to Tobago lowers the risk as it allows you to keep your cell phone powered on the go, especially when visiting a country with regular power outages in some areas.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh power bank [4] which will store enough energy to cover over three full charging cycles and a 20,000mAh power bank [11] should keep an average cell phone charged for almost 7 days depending on the usage and model of the phone.
  • If your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then bringing a portable charger for a laptop [12] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of the laptop. Be aware that some airlines prohibit power banks on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be left in checked-in luggageso always ahead with the airline first.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items, although a rechargeable hair dryer [9] or gas hair straighteners [10] can be used for travelling to countries with regular power cuts such as Tobago.

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)

Tobago 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 Tobago?

When you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Tobago is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. There are two different types of plug sockets that Tobagonians use (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads over. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your Tobagonian trip. Because you are only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Tobago?

Why use a travel USB charger for Tobago?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only bringing one USB wall charger instead of bringing several different USB power chargers.
  • Travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries across North America which are likely to use a different standard to Tobago.
  • A good USB power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Tobago.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 115 volts used in Tobago power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel rooms or accommodation in Tobago might only have one power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with all your devices instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Tobago might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Higher priced USB chargers should also include a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please see our guide on using travel appliances with a Tobagonian power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Tobagonian power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Some tablets and mobile phones could require more than the usual 500 mA produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be useful by charging multiple cell phones and tablets every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Tobago?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Tobago using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Tobago.

Power converters for Tobago

What is a power converter for a Tobagonian power outlet?

A power converter enables travellers to use their 220-240 volt electrical appliance with a 115 volt Tobagonian power outlet.

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

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

An expensive and bulky power converter [14] will convert a 115 volt Tobagonian power outlet to work with a non-115 volt appliance, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet in Tobago.

Do I need a power converter for Tobago?

When visiting Tobago from another country please check that your device can be used with a 115 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [15] if you are visiting Tobago from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance or device is incompatible with 115 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a 115 volt device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage such as 230 volts and used in a 115 volt outlet may take longer to charge or simply won't power up. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Tobago from a different region then check that it will work with a 115 volt Tobagonian power outlet or you will need to bring a step up power converter [15].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair dryers or curling irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16] which allows it to be used with a 115 volt Tobagonian power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier high wattage power converter to Tobago in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers in Tobago , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Tobago from America?

You won't need a power converter because the voltage from a Tobagonian power outlet is in the same 100-120V range as America.

What kind of converter do I need for Tobago?

You will need to buy a step up power converter [15] to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Tobago.

What voltage is used in Tobago?

Tobago uses 115 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 115 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [15] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 115 volt Tobagonian 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 Tobago before plugging that into a Tobagonian 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 from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 115 volt Tobagonian power outlet.
What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a 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.
How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

The way to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power adapter or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord plugs into. The location might depend on the make and model of your unit but could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

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

What can I connect to a Tobagonian power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Tobagonian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Tobagonian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Tobagonian power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Tobagonian power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Tobagonian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Tobagonian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Tobago, 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 [18].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinidad_%26_Tobago - Tobago Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B 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. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  7. 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.
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  9. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  10. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  11. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  12. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  13. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  14. 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. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets