A guide to using electrical accessories while on holiday in Tobago
The standard power supply in Tobago is 110v 60Hz with Type B (American 3-pin) plugs and sockets, as illustrated to the right. This type of socket also takes the standard two-pin-flat Type A (unearthed/ungrounded) plugs.
To confuse the issue, 240v 60Hz power is also available on Tobago. A few hotels provide both 110v and 240v. We therefore recommend that you start by asking your hotel or accommodation which type of supply they provide.
North American visitors have no need to concern themselves with adapters. British and European travellers are recommended to assume that they will require a standard international plug adapter.
UK visitors will be able to use most electrical accessories. Hairdryers and travel kettles etc will work - but will not get quite as hot and may take a lot longer to warm up. Visitors with 110v accessories must not, under any circumstances, use such items on the 240v 3-pin plug connection without an appropriate transformer. Travellers from UK/EU with 50Hz equipment are advised not to use hair dryers or any kind of electrical machines in Tobago, unless the device states clearly "50/60Hz"; if rated at only 50Hz, they could go up in smoke!
UK travellers should check that their adapter can take two-pin-round shaver plugs. Some cheap adapters do not provide this facility. The Travel Smart adapter also protects against surges in power and could avoid blowing your camera/laptop power charger due to a surge in current on the notoriously erratic Tobago power lines, so is well worth the £10-£15.