Cuba power adapters - what plugs are used in Cuba?

Cuban power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Cuba will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Cuban power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 110 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Cuban power outlet then it can work in Cuba without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 110 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Cuban power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Cuba such a Type C plug adapter [2]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Cuba (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Cuba, but doesn't 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'll also need a power converter for Cuba to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Cuba if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type C plug adapter.
  • If you want to charge USB devices such as a mobile phone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type C plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Cuba.

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

Background

If you are packing for a holiday to Cuba it can be useful to know if you can use your devices when you get there. Without knowing which power supply is being used in Cuba you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you having to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you need to recharge. Varying complicated standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Cuba. This page contains links to simple instructions which shows exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when travelling to Cuba using the standard C, A or B type Cuban 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets, most Cubans will use the Type C sockets in their wall outlets. Most power adapters will vary regionally therefore we recommend reading our Wiki Connections world power adapters list for a complete list showing charging devices in different regions and countries. We also suggest reading the Cuba Wikipedia page [1] for further details on the area.

Cuba power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Cuba?

If the power outlet in your home country is different to the type of power outlet in Cuba then you will need a power adapter. A US Type A or B power outlet might not typically be found in Cuba so it is recommended to use a suitable plug adapter for Cuba.

What is the best power adapter for Cuba?

The best power adapter for Cuba will be a Type C power adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 110 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Cuba?

Cuba power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Cuba?

There are three types of power outlets used in Cuba, these are type C, A and B with the primary power outlets being type C socket:

  • Plug Type A - The wall socket (technically called the type A power outlet) is identified by the 2 thin adjacent slots for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify the wall socket by the two slots next to each other with a hole below for the earth pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can identify the wall socket by the two round holes next to each other.
What kind of outlets are in Cuba?

What voltage is used in Cuba?

The normal residential voltage in Cuba is 110 volts.

What frequency is used in a Cuban power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current in a Cuban power outlet is 60 Hz.

Is the voltage in Cuba the same as the US?

Americans use 120 volts however the voltage used in Cuba is 110 volts. Although these are very similar please check the voltage on your US charger or appliance supports a voltage range between 100 to 127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

Is a Cuban power outlet the same as in the US?

Although US Type A or B power outlets might possibly be available in Cuba it is advisable to bring a suitable plug adapter for Cuba, however both the voltage range and frequency are the identical to America.

Cuba USB 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 travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Cuba?

When travelling with more than just one device and visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Cuba to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are three different types of plug sockets in Cuba (C, A and B) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your device can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your Cuban trip. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your devices at an airport or on the flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend buying a flexible travel charger of this nature online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Cuba?

Why use a travel USB charger for Cuba?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. This cuts down on the weight of your luggage by only bringing a single USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple individual power chargers.
  • All travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is suitable if visiting multiple countries across North America which will probably use a different outlet to Cuba.
  • Good USB power chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be hard to repair or replace in Cuba.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 110 volt power outlets in Cuba along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that some hotels in Cuba might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airport departure lounges can be sparse and demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes and will prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone in Cuba could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to power multiple low powered devices such as laptops, howeverthese will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please read our guide on using travel appliances in Cuba for helpful advice on the best power adapter for using a high wattage devices with a Cuban power outlet.
  • Some cellphones might pull more than the usual 500 milliamps supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Check to see if a USB travel chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices require extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Cuba?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Cuba 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Cuba.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Cuba.

Power converters for Cuba

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Cuba, however a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] will transform a 110 volt Cuban power outlet to work with a non-110 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Cuba?

If you are travelling to Cuba from a different region please check the device can accept a 110v supply.

  • If your device charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Cuba from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your device is a dual voltage device (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to ensure safe and proper use when powering devices.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Cuba from a higher 230 volt location you will need to use a much bulkier Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 110 volts.

Read the WikiConnections world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

How to tell the voltage of your device

Single voltage hair straighteners 8

How to tell the voltage of your device

One method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the power adapter or on the appliance itself, typically near to where the power cord goes. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance, it could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Cuban power outlet

Clothes iron
clothes iron

Curling iron
curling iron

Hair dryer
hair dryer

Hair straighteners
hair straighteners

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Cuban power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Cuban power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Cuban power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to the Cuban power outlet

iPhone
iPhone

iPhone 3G
iPhone 3G

iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3GS

iPhone 4
iPhone 4

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S

iPhone 5
iPhone 5

iPhone 5C
iPhone 5C

iPhone 5S
iPhone 5S

iPhone 6
iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Cuban power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Cuban power outlet

Kindle Fire 1st generation
Kindle Fire 1st generation

Kindle Fire 2nd generation
Kindle Fire 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation

Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation

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

iPad
iPad

iPad 2
iPad 2

iPad 3
iPad 3

iPad 4
iPad 4

iPad Air
iPad Air

iPad Air 2
iPad Air 2

iPad Mini
iPad Mini

iPad Mini 2
iPad Mini 2

iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 4

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuba - Cuban Wikipedia page.
  2. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage.
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  5. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  6. 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
  7. Power converter - A step up step down power converter transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  8. https://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451325551&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=HWUDRS5BKFQ75ACA - Step Up Voltage Converter
  9. International travel voltage converter - Travel voltage converters change the voltage of an electrical power supply by stepping up or stepping down the voltage and are often compact units which support both plug sockets and USB charging.