Curacao power adapters - what plugs are used in Curacao?

Curacaon power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Curacao all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use in a Curacaon power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device uses then read the section on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 127 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Curacaon power outlet then you can use it in Curacao.
  • If your device can run on 127 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Curacaon power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Curacao such a Type C plug adapter [2]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Curacao (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Curacao, but can't convert the voltage from 127 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 127 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Curacao to convert the voltage from 127 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Curacao if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type C plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power your USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type C plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Curacao.

Warning: If your device won't handle 127 volts used in Curacao you run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before using your device in Curacao please check the instruction manual 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 guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Curacao. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions which shows which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in Curacao by using their C, A or B type 127 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power will change depending on which country you are visiting so we recommend reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries. We recommend reading the Curacao Wikipedia page [1] for more information prior to the location.

Curacao power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Curacao?

It depends on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in Curacao. US Type A or Type B outlets might not commonly be found in Curacao so it is recommended to bring a suitable power adapter for Curacao.

What is the best power adapter for Curacao?

The best power adapter for Curacao is a Type C power adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 127 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Curacao?

Curacao power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Curacao?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can identify the plug socket by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the twin blades sit.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise the plug supply by two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the longer earth pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the power supply by two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
What kind of outlets are in Curacao?

What is the voltage in Curacao?

The common voltage in Curacao is 127 volts.

What is the frequency used with a Curacaon power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Curacaon power outlet is 50Hz.

Are Curacaon power outlets the same as in the US?

Even though US Type A or Type B outlets could be available in Curacao it is advisable to use a suitable plug adapter for Curacao. The voltage is within the 100-128 volt range used in America however the frequency is different so ensure that your device works with 50hz.

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

The voltage in Curacao is 127 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.

Curacao 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 Curacao?

When travelling with more than one device and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Curacao is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Curacaoans use three different standards of wall outlets (C, A and B) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with certain 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 individual power chargers for your trip to Curacao. 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 back 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 [5] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Curacao?

Why use a travel USB charger for Curacao?

  • 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 Curacao.
  • 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 Curacao.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 127 volt power outlets in Curacao and other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that hotel bedrooms in Curacao 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 Curacao 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 Curacao for useful advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Curacaon 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 Curacao?

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 Curacao 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 Curacao.

Power converters for Curacao

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 127 volts from a Curacaon power outlet to work with a non-127 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Curacao.

Do I need a voltage converter for Curacao?

If travelling to Curacao from another region check your device can be charged using a 127 volt supply.

  • If your device charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Curacao from a different country check that it is compatible with a 127 volt power supply. Normally devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the device is dual voltage (indicated by 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.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are visiting Curacao from a higher 230 volt location you will need to use a bulkier Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 127 volts.

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

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

Dual voltage hair dryer

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.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Curacaon 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 Curacaon power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Curacaon power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Curacaon power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a Curacaon 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 work with a Curacaon power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Curacaon 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 Curacaon 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/Cura%C3%A7ao - Curacao entry on wikipedia.org.
  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.