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I am leaving for Bonaire in a few days and had a quick question regarding power. I am getting various information from travel guides and online regarding whether or not Bonaire's primary power sources are 220 or 110. Anyone been there know for sure. If the majority are 220 Ill pick up a converter to take along.
Jeremy are you going with Greg and those guys?. I'd be curious as well regarding power as I'm taking my camera and wondering about my battery chargers. Drop me a line when you get back. We're heading out on the 23rd thru the 1st and staying at Divi.
I am going with Greg and Brian. I'll let you know. Brian has been there before and said that when he was there it was mostly 220, he is taking a converter. Articles I have read state that it is 220 but each resort has a charge station. Personally, I'd rather have a converter in my room rather then charge something in a public area of the resort.
Power is 110V 50 hz. Most modern power supplies are rated 100 to 220V 50/60 hz (look on your supply). I have not had any problems using anything I have. Hair dryers run a little slow but otherwise fine. On occasion you will find outlets that are not US standard but so far most places have at least some that are.
The power in Bonaire is 110 so no converter is needed, but it will also eat rechargeable batteries as well. Check with your resort to see if they have an alternate for recharging laptops. We stay at Buddy's and recharge at the main office.
Let's get it right - The power on Bonaire is 125 volt 50 cycles. If your chargers are rated for 110-250 volts and 50/60 cycles they will be fine. If the appliance is rated for 120 volt 60 cycles it will not survive.
If you have appliances with three prongs you will want to take three prong to two prong adapters available at any hardware store. The best deal is to take a power strip because, like most hotels, the ones on Bonaire don't have a lot of extra plugs.
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Most laptop power supplies are made to handle anything from 100 to 250 volts at anywhere from 50 to 60 Hz. Less expensive power supplies (like those little "wall warts" that come with most electronics) are often not capable of dealing with the power. If they're not "smart" enough, they'll overpower your devices.
For example, my laptop's power supply is stamped as a 100-250 V, 50-60 Hz power supply. I would have no qualms about running my laptop off non-US grid power (it runs fine in Japan, regardless of which system you're on -- Japan has two different electrical grids, one basically just on Kyushu, and the other everywhere else). My cell phone's little power supply, on the other hand, is labeled as 120V, 60Hz. It is not as likely to be well-served by connecting to a 127 V, 50 Hz grid.
I'd guess that the faster chargers (the new 1-hour, 30-minute, 15-minute, and thermonuclear AA chargers) are more likely to have beefier, more adaptable power supplies (given their current loads) than more basic chargers, but you can usually tell just by looking at the stickers or stampings on the power supply's case. (If it gives a range, it's usually better built, and you can see if you're in the range.) Electronic devices with compliant power supplies should show no change in function (since the electricity is all converted to DC anyway), but electric devices (such as a hair dryer with plain old motors and coils) will operate differently.
Of course, as the linked page says, it is generally a wise idea to have some sort of surge suppressor between your stuff and the wall, but if you've got multiple chargers, laptops, and all, it might be a good idea even if there were perfect power.