Guatemala power adapters - what plugs are used in Guatemala?

Guatemalan power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Guatemala all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power with a Guatemalan power outlet. If you're unsure of which voltage your device can use then please read the section below on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Guatemalan power outlet then it should work in Guatemala.
  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Guatemalan power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Guatemala such a Type B plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Guatemala (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Guatemala, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 120 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 120 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Guatemala to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Guatemala if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose one which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Guatemala.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 120 volts used in Guatemala you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Guatemala read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to visit another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Guatemala. This page contains links to step by step instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you are in Guatemala by using the B or A type 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. Most power adapters will vary regionally so we suggest that you read the Wiki Connections global power adapters guide where you'll find a full list showing charging devices in different destinations. We also recommend referring to the Guatemala Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details.

Guatemala power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Guatemala?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in Guatemala. An American plug won't need a plug adapter because it already fits in a Guatemalan power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for Guatemala?

The best power adapter for Guatemala is a Type B power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 120 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Guatemala?

Guatemala power outlets

What type of outlets are in Guatemala?

There are two types of power supply used in Guatemala, these are type B and A with the primary power supply being type B:

  • Plug Type A - This unearthed wall socket (also called the type A power outlet) is recognised by the 2 slots next to each other.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise the power supply by two thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a semicircular hole below for the ground pin.
What type of outlets are in Guatemala?

What is the voltage in Guatemala?

The voltage in Guatemala is 120 volts.

Are outlets in Guatemala the same as US?

An American plug will fit into outlets in Guatemala, both the voltage range and frequency are the identical to the US.

What is the frequency used in a Guatemalan power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Guatemalan power outlet is 60Hz.

Is the voltage in Guatemala the same as the US?

The voltage from a Guatemalan power outlet is the same as in America.

Guatemala 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 Guatemala?

When travelling with more than one device and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Guatemala to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Guatemalans use two different types of plug sockets (types B and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your model of device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Guatemala or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Guatemala?

Why use a travel USB charger for Guatemala?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps cut down on the weightand size of your luggage by only needing to pack one USB wall charger instead of bringing numerous individual USB power chargers with you.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for various power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting different countries across North America which are likely to use different standards to Guatemala.
  • Good USB chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be impossible to replace in Guatemala.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 120 volts used in Guatemala power outlets along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some accommodation or hotel rooms in Guatemala might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airport departure gates can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Guatemala might prove difficult and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered devices such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our section on using travel appliances with a Guatemalan power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in a Guatemalan power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cell phones might require more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase some of your devices require additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple cellphones and tablets every day using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Guatemala?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Guatemala using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 the 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Guatemala.

Power converters for Guatemala

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in Guatemala, however a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] converts a 120 volt Guatemalan power outlet to work with a non-120 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for Guatemala?

If travelling to Guatemala from a different region double check the device can be charged using a 120 volt supply.

  • If your device doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are visiting Guatemala from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Typically devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that your device is dual-voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to ensure safe and proper use when powering devices.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Guatemala from a higher 230 volt location you will need to use a much larger Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

Read the 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?

Single voltage hair straighteners 2

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

The way to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power adapter or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord plugs into. The location might depend on the make and model of your unit but could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

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

Travel appliances which can connect to a Guatemalan 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 Guatemalan power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Guatemalan power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Guatemalan power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which work with the Guatemalan 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 Guatemalan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Guatemalan 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 Guatemalan 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/Guatemala - Guatemala Wikipedia web page.
  2. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B 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.