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05-11-2011, 03:23 PM
Making my first trip to Bonaire in October, and wondering about electrical conversion. I'm reading conflicting info - is it OK to plug in USA camera battery chargers and cell phones and netbooks, or do I need to buy a converter? And, if a converter is needed, any suggestions on where to buy one? Thanks. :confused:

05-11-2011, 03:48 PM
Hope you will enjoy Bonaire!
You can plug in all your American electrical things :). Same plug (correct word?) and same voltage here...

05-11-2011, 03:51 PM
I bought this one at Best Buy. Heading to Bonaire on Friday, so hopefully it will be sufficient.


05-11-2011, 03:55 PM
Dyan -- depending on where you're staying, you will likely find some combination of both US (115v, 60 Hz) and European 220v, 50 Hz) electrical outlets.

In general, your electronics, such as laptops, battery chargers will work fine and are designed (unless they're really old) for either system. But you may need an adapter to go from the US plug style to the European 2-pin plug style.

However, electrical gadgets with motors or rotating equipment, such as hair dryers, electric shavers, etc would run hot with 50 Hz electricity. A small, portable transformer will solve the problem if you only have Euro-style outlets & electricity.

Hope this helps. Have a GREAT trip !!

Melissa Phillip
05-11-2011, 03:57 PM
Surge protector is a good idea. We noticed our computer was heating up when plugged into outlet. Changed it over to a surge protector and that problem went away.

05-11-2011, 04:22 PM
Excellent - that makes it easy. Thank you.

05-11-2011, 04:35 PM
Just a reminder :) you might find your answers in FAQ here on the board :)

Stewart K
05-11-2011, 04:45 PM
Unless you have 50/60 mhz an not just 60 mhz you can burn out your transformer when you recharge. Also you should always use a surge protector because the voltage is not 120 but 127 with spikes that can kill your electronics. Many dive shops have setups with controlled elecectric for their customers to avoid these problems. Be sure to ask where your staying and diving. Better safe than sorry.

05-11-2011, 04:59 PM
The surge will burn out recharchable units , I found this out after I fried my unit .

05-14-2011, 11:01 AM
Those are all some of the reasons we always stay at Buddy Dive; they have their own diesel generators and don't rely on the island's "power" grid.