Which plug adaptor do I need when travelling from Montserrat (Leeward Islands) to France?

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Summary

The table below summarises the plug types, voltage and frequency of electrical current in both Montserrat (Leeward Islands) and France.

Montserrat (Leeward Islands)France
Plug TypesA, BE
Voltage230V230V
Frequency of electrical current60Hz50Hz

Plug Adaptors

In Montserrat (Leeward Islands) there's more than one plug type in use.

What type of plug does your appliance have?

Your Appliance has Plug Type A

You will need this adaptor:

Socket Type A
(Montserrat (Leeward Islands))
to Plug Type E
(France)

Your Appliance has Plug Type B

You will need this adaptor:

Socket Type B
(Montserrat (Leeward Islands))
to Plug Type E
(France)

Considerations

Frequency of Electrical Current

The frequency of electrical current found in Montserrat (Leeward Islands) (60Hz) differs to that found in France (50Hz).

Most equipment is not affected by differences in frequencies. Some exceptions are:

  • Electric clocks: Some electric clocks use the frequency of electrical current to measure time. If the clock is designed for one frequency, but used with another, time shifts could be experienced.
  • Appliances using motors: If there is a motor load associated with an appliance, the frequency governs the speed in revolutions of the motor. This could mean that the motor will spin faster, or slower than intended and could have a detrimental effect in the appliance's operation. This is of particular concern in power tools and other machinery that uses motors, so if you must use these, you should seek access to a frequency converter.

Good to know

Voltage

The voltage found in Montserrat (Leeward Islands) and France is exactly the same (230V). You will not need a transformer.

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