Curacao power adapters - what plugs are used in Curacao?

Curacaon power outlet

What adapter do I need for Curacao?

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 you are visiting Curacao from the US we recommend bringing a plug adapter for Curacao as US Type A or B outlets might not typically be found. Because the voltage is different in Curacao you need to bring a power converter for Curacao if your device isn't dual voltage.
  • 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 [3]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Curacao?

The best power adapter for Curacao is a Type C power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 127 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Curacao?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that allow an electic socket in Curacao 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 Curacao simply by changing the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter in Curacao?

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

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

A US Type A or Type B outlet might not readily be found in Curacao so it is advisable to use a suitable power adapter for Curacao.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Curacao?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 127 volt Curacaon 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.

Curacao power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Curacao?

Type A, B and C power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Curacao?

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

  • Plug Type A - This unearthed wall outlet (technically called 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 C - The plug outlet (technically known as a type C socket or Europlug) is recognised by the two adjacent holes where the twin plug socket pins go.

What voltage is used in a Curacaon power outlet?

The voltage from a Curacaon power outlet is 127 volts.

Do US plugs work in Curacao?

Maybe with certain power outlets that are available in Curacao; but we recommend bringing all types of plug adapters for Curacao as US Type A or B outlets might not typically be found. Also it is recommended that you check that your device or appliance can work with a 50hz power outlet.

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 an electrical power outlet for the Caribbean Islands the same as a Curacaon power outlet?

The Caribbean

Is an electrical power outlet for the Caribbean Islands the same as a Curacaon power outlet?

Different islands in The Caribbean use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug which can be used in Curacao might not work correctly or fit in another island. When travelling to more than one island in The Caribbean you should either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [6] consisting of every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [7] as both these options should ensure you are covered for most different power outlet types that you may find on each island.

Because each island in The Caribbean uses different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug which works with a Curacaon power outlet might not operate properly with an outlet on another island. For further details on what to expect when preparing to travel we've put together similar instructions to this page for every island in the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Tobago, Trinidad and US Virgin Islands.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Curacao?

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

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 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 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 [8]. 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 [8] 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 a power converter for a Curacaon power outlet?

A power converter for Curacao will enable travellers to use a 220-240 volt electric appliance with a 127 volt Curacaon 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 Curacao?

A heavy and bulky power converter [10] 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 [9] (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 power converter for Curacao?

When travelling to Curacao from another country please check that your device can be used with a 127 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [11] if you are visiting Curacao from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device is incompatible with 127 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 127 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 127 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 Curacao from a different region check that it can be used with a 127 volt power supply otherwise you will need to bring a step up power converter [11].
  • 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 [12] which allows the appliance to be used with a 127 volt Curacaon 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 Curacaon power outlet , along with advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

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

What kind of converter do I need for Curacao?

If you need to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Curacao you will need to buy a step up power converter [11].

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 Curacao?

Curacao uses 127 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 127 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [11] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 127 volt Curacaon 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 Curacao before plugging that into a Curacaon 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 127 volt Curacaon power outlet.
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.

What can I connect to a Curacaon power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Curacaon power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Curacaon power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Curacaon power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Curacaon power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a Curacaon power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Curacaon power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Curacao, 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 [14].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cura%C3%A7ao - Curacao entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C 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. Multiple power adapter travel set - 12 piece grounded international travel plug adapter set .
  7. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries.
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets