Mexico power adapters - what plugs are used in Mexico?

Mexican power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Mexico all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use with a Mexican power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device can run on 127 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Mexican power outlet then you can use it in Mexico without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 127 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Mexican power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Mexico such a Type B plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Mexico (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Mexico, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 127 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 127 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Mexico to convert the voltage from 127 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Mexico if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to recharge your USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but ensure that you bring one which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Mexico.

Warning: If your device won't handle 127 volts used in Mexico you run the risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before attempting to use your device in Mexico check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

When packing for a trip it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any common gadgets when you get there. By not knowing which power socket is used you may end up either bringing unnecessary adaptors or bring the wrong power charger, therefore having to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you get there which might be incompatible. Varying different voltages and plugs can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Mexico. This page contains links to useful instructions which shows exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when travelling to Mexico by using their standard Type B or A 127 volt 60Hz plug outlets, please note Type B plug outlets are normally used by a majority of Mexicans. Most power adapters will vary from region to region so please read our WikiConnections world power adapters list for a full list of destinations. We also suggest reading the Mexico Wikipedia page [1] for more details.

Mexico power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Mexico?

This depends on the shape of plug you wish to use and the country you are travelling from. An American plug does not require a plug adapter as it already fits into a Mexican power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for Mexico?

The best power adapter for Mexico is a Type B power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 127 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Mexico?

Mexico power outlets

What plugs do they use in Mexico?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Mexico, types B and A with the primary power supply being type B:

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise this power socket by two slots next to each other.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify the wall supply by the 2 thin slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket blades sit with a semicircular shaped hole below for the longer grounded pin.
What plugs do they use in Mexico?

What is the voltage in Mexico?

The residential voltage used in Mexico is 127 volts.

What frequency is used in Mexico?

The frequency found in a Mexican power outlet is 60Hz.

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

The voltage which comes from a Mexican power outlet is 127 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. Even though these are similar please check the voltage on your American appliance or charger can support a voltage range between 100 to 127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

Is a plug socket in Mexico the same as the US?

A US plug will fit into outlets in Mexico, both the voltage range and frequency are the identical to America.

Mexico 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 Mexico?

When travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just one device the best international travel charger for Mexico to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Mexicans use two different standards of power outlets (B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate power adapters. By only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Mexico we recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Mexico?

Why use a travel USB charger for Mexico?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only needing to pack a single USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple individual power chargers along.
  • Travel USB power chargers include interchangeable plug heads for various power outlet types. This is suitable if visiting different countries across North America which will probably use different standards to Mexico.
  • Good travel power chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to replace in Mexico.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 127 volts used in Mexico power outlets and different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Mexico only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good travel charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Mexico could prove inconvenient and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to allow you to use low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Mexican power outlet for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage devices in a Mexican power outlet.
  • Some tablets and mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices need additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Mexico?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Mexico 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Mexico.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 Mexico.

Power converters for Mexico

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Mexico, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] converts a 127 volt Mexican power outlet to work with a non-127 volt appliance.

Do I need a voltage converter for Mexico?

When you are travelling to Mexico from another country double check the device can accept a 127v supply.

  • If your device charges slowly or does not power up when visiting Mexico from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 127 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check your device is dual voltage (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.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are visiting Mexico from a higher 230 volt location you will need to use a larger Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 127 volts.

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

What voltage is my device?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if a device is dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the charger or on the device itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your appliance, it could also be written in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts diffence) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Mexican 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 Mexican power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Mexican power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that work with the Mexican power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with the Mexican 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 Mexican power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Mexican 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 Mexican 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/Mexico - Mexican country entry on wikipedia.
  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.