Mexico power adapters - what plugs are used in Mexico?

Mexican power outlet

What adapter do I need for Mexico?

Use a Type B plug adapter [3] for Mexico if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit into a Mexican power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to use 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 do not know what voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If you're from the US travelling to Mexico all US appliances and devices should work without a power converter or power adapter. However it may be practical to bring along a USB travel power adapter as it will allow you to charge more than one device by only bringing a single power charger.
  • 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'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Mexico such a Type B plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Mexico (or power adapter) will change the actual 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 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 pack a suitable plug adapter for Mexico if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power 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 a USB travel adapter which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack 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 read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Mexico power adapters

Power adapters for Mexico

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.

What is the best power adapter for Mexico?

The best power adapter for Mexico is a Type B power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 127 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Mexico?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Mexico is a compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign country to correctly slot into a wall outlet in Mexico.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Mexico allows a visitor travelling from a different location to use their electronic and electrical appliances in Mexico simply by altering the shape of the plug from one shape to another.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a Mexican power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 127 volt Mexican power outlet and doesn't convert to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use any 220-240 volt appliance then you will also need a step up power converter for Mexico along with the right adapter.

Do I need a power adapter in Mexico?

This will depend on the shape of plug you are using and the country you are travelling from.

Will I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Mexico from the US?

An American plug won't require a plug adapter as it already fits into a Mexican power outlet.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Mexico?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Mexico?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Mexico power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Mexico?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Mexico?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the wall socket by the 2 thin adjacent slots.
  • Plug Type B - The wall outlet, technically called a type B power outlet, can be recognised by the 2 slots parallel to each other with a single semicircular hole below for the long earth pin.

What voltage is used in a Mexican power outlet?

The common residential voltage from a Mexican power outlet is 127 volts.

Do US plugs work in Mexico?

Yes, a US plug will work with a Mexican power outlet and doesn't need a power converter or power adapter.

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.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Mexico?

Use a step up power converter if you wish to bring a 220 volt appliance to Mexico.

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 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 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 [6]. 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 [6] 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?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. It helps reduce the size and weight of your baggage by only packing one USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple power chargers with you.
  • All travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them perfect if visiting multiple countries which will probably use a different outlet to Mexico.
  • Good USB travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Mexico.
  • USB travel chargers will accept both the 127 volts used in Mexico power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that hotels in Mexico might only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the worry out of visiting an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often scarce and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Mexico might prove difficult and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage devices such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information read the guide on using travel appliances in Mexico for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter to use with a Mexican power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive USB travel chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices draw additional power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can also be useful when returning home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only one 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 does a power converter for a Mexican power outlet do?

Power converters for Mexico enable you to use a 220-240 volt electrical appliance with a 127 volt Mexican power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

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

An expensive and bulky power converter [8] transforms the voltage of 127 volts from a Mexican power outlet to work with a non-127 volt appliance, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Mexico.

Do I need a power converter for Mexico?

If travelling to Mexico from a different country please ensure your device can accept a 127 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [9] if you are travelling to Mexico from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 127 volts. Read our list of world power outlets page to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 127 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (such as 220 volts) and then used in a 127 volt power outlet can take longer to charge or simply won't turn on. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Mexico from a different region check that it will work with a 127 volt Mexican power outlet otherwise you will need to use a step up power converter [9].
  • You won't need a power converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example curling irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10] to allow it to be used with a 127 volt Mexican power outlet.
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance might be more cost effective and practical than bringing a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in Mexico.
  • For more information read these guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hair dryers and flat irons with a Mexican power outlet which includes advice on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Mexico from the US?

You won't need to use a power converter because the voltage in Mexico is in the same 100-120 volt range as the US.

What converter do I need for Mexico?

If you wish to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance with a 127 volt Mexican power outlet you need to use a step up power converter [9].

What voltage is used in Mexico?

Mexico uses 127 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 127 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [9] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 127 volt Mexican 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 Mexico before plugging that into a Mexican 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 Mexican power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a power 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 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 difference) 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.

What can I connect to a Mexican power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Mexican power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Mexican power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Mexican power outlet

Mobile phones that work with the Mexican power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with the Mexican power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Mexican power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Mexico, 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 [12].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico - Mexican country entry on wikipedia.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets