Suriname power adapters - what plugs are used in Suriname?

Surinamese power outlet

What adapter do I need for Suriname?

You'll need to use a Type F plug adapter [3] for Suriname if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit in a Surinamese power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Suriname all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Surinamese power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device can use then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • Please be aware that Suriname 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 planning on travelling to Suriname from America then you will need to use a power adapter to fit a US plug in a Surinamese power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 127 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Surinamese power outlet then it can work in Suriname.
  • If your device can run on 127 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Surinamese power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Suriname such a Type F plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Suriname (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Suriname, but won't convert the voltage from 127 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 127 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Suriname to convert the voltage from 127 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Suriname if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to charge USB devices such as a mobile phone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring one which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Suriname.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 127 volts used in Suriname you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Suriname read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Suriname power adapters

Power adapters for Suriname

Complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning to visit a different country especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Suriname. This page has links to instructions showing you exactly how to charge your devices when you're visiting Suriname using the standard types F or C Surinamese 127 volt 60Hz power outlets. You'll discover power will change depending on which area you are visiting so we recommend reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Suriname?

The best power adapter for Suriname is a Type F power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 127 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Suriname?

What is a power adapter for a Surinamese power outlet?

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

What does a power adapter do?

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

Do I need a plug adapter in Suriname?

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

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Suriname?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 127 volt Surinamese 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 Suriname along with the correct power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Suriname from America?

If you are visiting from the US then use a power adapter for Suriname because a US plug won't physically fit into a Surinamese power outlet.

Suriname power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Suriname?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Suriname?

There are two different types of power supply used in Suriname, types F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket is recognised by the 2 adjacent holes.
  • Plug Type F - The recessed circular power outlet, also called the type F power outlet or Schuko socket, can be recognised by the two adjacent holes, plus a pair of two grounding clips above and below.

Do US plugs work in Suriname?

No - an American plug won't work in Suriname because it doesn't fit in a Surinamese power outlet without the use of a power adapter.

What is the frequency used in a Surinamese power outlet?

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

Is the voltage in Suriname the same as the US?

The voltage in Suriname is 127 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.

Are plug sockets in Suriname the same as in the US?

Even though the frequency and voltage range in America are both the same as Suriname a US plug won't fit in a Surinamese power outlet so use a plug adapter for Suriname.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Suriname?

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

What is access to electricity like in Suriname?

Suriname has 100% access to electricity throughout the country.

Are there many power outages in Suriname?

Typically Suriname reports power failures on a monthly basis.

Should I bring a power bank to Suriname?

USB power bank

Should I bring a power bank to Suriname?

Because of the lack of a consistent power grid in Suriname 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 Suriname 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 [9] 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 [10] 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 [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] can be used for travelling to countries with regular power cuts such as Suriname.
Do solar chargers work in Suriname?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Do solar chargers work in Suriname?

The sunshine in Suriname should be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank [12] dependably, however it needs to be left in strong sunshine in order to provide suitable power for a single charge. This could prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The larger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack [11] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the climate in Suriname.
  • Phones that have been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the battery during sunny spells in Suriname, however might be inconvenient to have a phone continually connected to the bag should it be needed constantly. A solar powered bag is usually exposed to daylight therefore can be powering up a power bank during the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank that requires unpacking and facing sunlight.
  • Although the climate in Suriname is suitable, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags have been designed to survive scratches and bending, unlike normal firm solar cells. Solar bags are available in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles making them perfect for travel, work and domestic use.

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)

Suriname 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 Suriname?

If travelling with more than one device or visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for Suriname to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. Surinamers use two different types of plug sockets (types F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the plugs. If your model of device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Suriname?

Why use a travel USB charger for Suriname?

  • 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 South America which are likely to use a different standard to Suriname.
  • 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 Suriname.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 127 volts used in Suriname power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel rooms or accommodation in Suriname 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 Suriname 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 Surinamese power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Surinamese 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 Suriname?

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 Suriname 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 Suriname.

Power converters for Suriname

What is a power converter for a Surinamese power outlet?

A power converter enables travellers to use their 220-240 volt electrical appliance with a 127 volt Surinamese 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 Suriname?

An expensive and bulky power converter [14] will convert a 127 volt Surinamese power outlet to work with a non-127 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 Suriname.

Do I need a power converter for Suriname?

When visiting Suriname from another country please check that your device can be used with a 127 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [15] if you are visiting Suriname from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance or device is incompatible with 127 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 127 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 127 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 Suriname from a different region then check that it will work with a 127 volt Surinamese 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 127 volt Surinamese 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 Suriname 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 Suriname , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

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

What kind of converter do I need for Suriname?

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

What voltage is used in Suriname?

Suriname uses 127 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 127 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 127 volt Surinamese 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 Suriname before plugging that into a Surinamese 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 127 volt Surinamese 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 Surinamese power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Surinamese power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Surinamese power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Surinamese power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Surinamese power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Surinamese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Surinamese power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Suriname, 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/Suriname - Suriname Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F 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. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  12. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  13. 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