Belize power adapters - what plugs are used in Belize?

Belizean power outlet

What adapter do I need for Belize?

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Belize all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power in a Belizean power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device can use then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If you're from America and travelling to Belize we recommend using a plug adapter for Belize as American Type A or B outlets might not readily be found.
  • If your device can run on 110 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Belizean power outlet then it can work in Belize.
  • If your device can run on 110 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Belizean power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Belize such a Type G plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Belize (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Belize, but but is unable to change the voltage from 110 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 110 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Belize to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Belize if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to recharge your USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Belize.

Warning: If your device won't handle 110 volts you run the risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in Belize please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Various standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Belize. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions which shows which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in Belize by using the G, A or B type 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets. You'll discover power will change depending on which area you are visiting so we recommend reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries. We recommend reading the Belize Wikipedia page [1] for more information prior to the location.

Belize power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Belize?

The best power adapter for Belize will be a Type G power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 110 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Belize?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that allow an electic socket in Belize to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [4].

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from another country to use electrical appliances in Belize simply by changing the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter in Belize?

If the power plug you are using is different to the shape of the Belizean power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Belize from America?

A US Type A or B outlet might not typically be found in Belize so it is advisable to bring a suitable power adapter for Belize.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Belize?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt Belizean power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use any 220-240 volt device you also need to bring a more expensive step up power converter.

Belize power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Belize?

Type A, B and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Belize?

There are three types of power outlets used in Belize, these are type G, A and B with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type A - This ungrounded wall outlet (technically known as the type A power outlet) can be identified by the two thin adjacent slots where the plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type B - This power socket (also called a type B power outlet) is recognised by the two slots for live and neutral blades with a semicircular shaped hole below for the ground pin.
  • Plug Type G - You can identify this power socket by the 3 holes in a triangle shape.

What voltage is used in a Belizean power outlet?

The voltage from a Belizean power outlet is 110 volts.

Do US plugs work in Belize?

Maybe with some power outlets that are available in Belize; but we recommend using all types of plug adapters for Belize as American Type A or B outlets might not readily be found.

What is the frequency used in a Belizean power outlet?

The frequency from a Belizean power outlet is 60Hz.

Are plug sockets in Belize the same as in the US?

Even though US Type A or B outlets might be available in Belize it is still advisable to use a suitable plug adapter for Belize, however the frequency and voltage range are both the same as in America.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Belize?

To use a 220 volt appliance in a Belizean power outlet you need to bring a step up power converter.

Is the voltage in Belize the same as in the US?

The voltage in Belize is 110 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. Even though these are very similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your US charger or appliance supports voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

Belize chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Belize?

When travelling with more than one device and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Belize is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Belizeans use three different standards of wall outlets (G, A and B) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and G. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring multiple power chargers for your trip to Belize. By only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Belize?

Why use a travel USB charger for Belize?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weightand size of your baggage by only bringing one USB wall charger rather than bringing several different USB power chargers.
  • Most travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting other countries across North America which are likely to use different standards to Belize.
  • Good USB travel chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair or replace in Belize.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 110 volt power outlets in Belize and other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that hotel bedrooms in Belize only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be scarce and demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Belize might prove difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB chargers also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, howeverthese will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the section on using travel appliances in Belize for useful advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Belizean power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain mobile phones could require more than the standard 500 mA supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices need extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by charging multiple cell phones and tablets every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Belize?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Belize using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Belize.

Power converters for Belize

What is a power converter for a Belizean power outlet?

A power converter for Belize will enable travellers to use a 220-240 volt electric appliance with a 110 volt Belizean power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter for Belize?

A heavy and bulky power converter [8] will transform the voltage of 110 volts from a Belizean power outlet to work with a non-110 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Belize.

Do I need a power converter for Belize?

When travelling to Belize from another country please check that your device can be used with a 110 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [9] if you are visiting Belize from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device is incompatible with 110 volts. See our WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 110 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts and then used in a 110 volt power outlet sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up. If your device charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Belize from a different region check that it can be used with a 110 volt power supply otherwise you will need to bring a step up power converter [9].
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10] which allows the appliance to be used with a 110 volt Belizean power outlet.
  • Investing a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance will be more practical and cost effective than bringing a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and blow dryers with a Belizean power outlet , along with advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Belize if I'm from the US?

A US plug does not need a power converter because the voltage from a Belizean power outlet is in the same 100-120 volt range as America.

What kind of converter do I need for Belize?

If you need to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Belize you will need to buy a step up power converter [9].

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.

What voltage is used in Belize?

Belize uses 110 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 110 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [9] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 110 volt Belizean power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Belize before plugging that into a Belizean power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 110 volt Belizean power outlet.
How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Single voltage hair straighteners

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

The method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power adapter or on the unit itself, typically on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord sits. The location will depend on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

What can I connect to a Belizean power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Belizean power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Belizean power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Belizean power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Belizean power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a Belizean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Belizean power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Belizean power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Belizean power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Belize, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [12].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belize - Belize entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  6. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  7. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter
  8. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  9. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet.
  10. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  11. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets