Antigua Electrical Sockets and Adapters

A guide to selecting the right electrical socket or adapter for when you travel to Antigua.

Antigua is not at all straightforward when talking about electrical sockets, plugs and adapters to recommend. Indeed you may experience such a variety of socket types depending on the resort but even in the resorts they can also differ so it even then depends on the room. Take the images of the sockets here you will not find an adaptor to fit! Try and source US type plugs.

Type A Plugs & Socket (2 pin)

North America USA Plug Type A

Type B Plugs (3 pin)

electricity type B

As a general rule of thumb you will find that USA style sockets work. If you are coming from the USA or Canada then you will be familiar with the two types of plug and socket here type A and type B. The only difference is that one has a third grounding pin. The third grounding hole may not be needed and depends on the device using the plug.

Is it safe to put a 2 pin plug into a 3 pin socket?

You can safely use a 2 pin plug in Type B with 3 pins. So you can put a 2 pin plug into a 3 pin socket safely. When you just have a 2 pin plug the design of the device is double insulated protecting you from the need of an earth pin.

So for visitors from the USA you can normally get away with not needing adaptors unless you get the less common sockets shown above. A handy worldwide travel adaptor is a good investment and light enough to keep stored in your travel luggage.

For travellers with UK or European equipment we advise you buy an adapter like these as your own plugs are useless without them.

antigua uk plug adaptor

https://bestantigua.com/shop/160-power-adapters-for-antigua-sockets

As an example we recently stayed at Jolly Beach Resort and found these two socket types which should hopefully become phased out (no pun intended [an electrician would get it!]).

One of the best ideas is to therefore carry a more multi socket adapter in the hope that you will have it covered. Even on my last trip we took about 3 and was lucky that we could just jam in one of them - so it was charge wars getting our phones and cameras topped up. By the way NEVER force or jam in a plug into a socket.

Other Electrical Odities: Voltage

The voltage can be both around 110 v or 230 V 60 hz  within the same vacation rental or resort suite as local transformers are often encountered. They may be clearly labelleld or not. You will need to inspect the label on your appliance to see if it can take the voltage on offer. 

An example power label

dual voltage explained

In the above Nikon label you can see the INPUT: 110-240V clearly marked. Also you can see it is ok with 50/60Hz. The square within a square mid right is the double insulated symbol so this device will almost certainly have just 2 pins. 

A note on hairdryers

Most British hairdryers seem to run slow on the lower voltage and I would expect that most rentals and resorts would anyway have a hairdryer. Let the hair go! Leave the dryer at home.