Electrical Outlet and Voltage Information for Grenada
The island country of Grenada is composed of Grenada island and six smaller islands, all located in the southeastern part of the Caribbean Sea. For tourists who want to got to Grenada, the standard voltage used by the electronic gadgets and appliances in the said country is 220-240 volts with a frequency of 50Hz.
For the electrical outlet and plug in Grenada, the primary type is Type G British BS-1363. Tourists going to Grenada must also bring along adapters and voltage converters. Adapters for instances that the shape of the plug will not be compatible with the shape of the electrical outlet present in Grenada and voltage converter if ever there would be electronic gadgets or appliances that use 110-120 volts. Some of the voltage converters that might be helpful are network-resistor converter, combination travel converter, and step-up and step-down transformer.
Type G British BS-1363 Plug, Electrical Outlet, and Adapter
The Type G electrical outlet and plug is a Type G British BS-1363 rectangular blade used widely in Grenada that has a protective fuse inside to protect cords from high-current circuits and, most of the time, the Type G British BS-1363 electrical outlet includes a safety switch. The Type G British BS-1363 plug of Grenada also has a receptacle end that is compatible with most household plug types, except the Type M South African SABS1661 (Old British BS-546 Large) plug. The plug end is a British BS-1363 13-amp type. For the adapter, the live and neutral pins are 4 x 6 x 18 mm apart, with the grounding pin measuring 4 x 8 x 23mm.
Also, through the Type G British BS-1363 adapter, a tourist could use his or her appliance or electronic gadget in Grenada. The plug of this Type G British BS-1363 is polarized and grounded but not fused. Another name for the Type G British BS-1363 plug is the 13-amp plug and for safety reasons the Grenada requires electrical outlets in households that use the Type G British BS-1363 to have shutters over the live and neutral connections of the electrical outlet. In the insertion of the longer earth pin from the plug, the safety shutters of the Type G British BS-1363 are opened. The shutters are also present to prevent the use of incompatible plugs made to other standards in Grenada. However, there are cases wherein the safety shutters of this electrical outlet in Grenada could be opened through a screwdriver in order to insert Type C plugs.
The usage of the Type G British BS-1363 outlet along with another kind of plug is not recommended because these plugs do not have a fuse. The regulation about the safety shutters and fuse is then followed in Grenada and all the other countries that use the Type G British BS-1363 electrical outlet and plug like Bhutan, Tanzania, United Kingdom, Oman, Ghana, Grenada, Macau, Malta, Malaysia, Qatar, Saint Vincent, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Maldives and Kuwait.
In terms of compatibility, the Type G British 3-pin electrical outlet will work together with the Type G British BS-1363 plug and adapter in Grenada. With all the safety measures and features of this plug and outlet, it is considered as one of the safest in Grenada, even the world. However, with all its features, this type of plug is bulky and cumbersome. Some people claim that the Type G British BS-1363 plug is mostly bigger than the appliances they are connected to but if tourists would want to use their electronic gadget or appliance in Grenada, then they must have a Type G British BS-1363 adapter. Although the adapter would not change the voltage used, it will enable the plug of the appliance or electronic gadget to be inserted to the electrical outlet used in Grenada. For the electrical outlet, the Type G British BS-1363 sockets are not compatible with other types of electrical outlet in Grenada.
Voltage Converters and Adapters
If a tourist wants to use his or her gadget in Grenada, the best way is by using voltage converters such as resistor-network converters, transformers, and in some cases the combination of both. Most appliances and electronic gadgets made in the United States of America (USA) have a voltage of 110-120 and using it directly on a 220-240 electrical outlet in Grenada would cause damage to the appliance or electronic gadget, to the extent that it might be totally fried out or might even cause a fire in Grenada. The resistor-network converters to be used in Grenada are usually advertised to support as much as 50-1600 Watts and are just ideal to use for short periods of time. The resistor-network converter is also not recommended for digital devices like laptop computers however it is great for lightweight electronics like hair dryers and irons.
If a tourist would want to use a laptop computer or charge batteries for camera, mp3 players, camcorders, and radios in Grenada, the ideal voltage converter is a transformer which lowers maximum watt rating. It could be used for long periods of time but is a little bit heavy because of the large iron rods and copper wires.
The last kind of voltage converter in order to use electronics in Grenada that are not compatible with the electrical outlet present in Grenada is the combination of resistor-network converters and transformer. Most of the time, there is a switch that enables the changing of modes from resistor-network converter to transformer.