Nicaragua power adapters - what plugs are used in Nicaragua?

Nicaraguan power outlet

Summary

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

  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Nicaraguan power outlet then you can use it in Nicaragua.
  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Nicaraguan power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Nicaragua such a Type B plug adapter [2]. Note that a plug adapter for Nicaragua (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Nicaragua, but doesn't convert the voltage from 120 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 120 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Nicaragua to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Nicaragua if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you need to power USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Nicaragua.

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

Background

Various standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Nicaragua. This page has links to instructions showing exactly how to power your devices when you are in Nicaragua using their standard types B or A Nicaraguan 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. You'll find power will differ depending on which area you are travelling to therefore we recommend reading the World power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries. We suggest reading the Nicaragua Wikipedia page [1] for more information prior to the location.

Nicaragua power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Nicaragua?

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

What is the best power adapter for Nicaragua?

The best power adapter for Nicaragua is a Type B power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 120 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Nicaragua?

Nicaragua power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Nicaragua?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the plug supply by two thin adjacent slots where the plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type B - This power socket (called a type B power outlet) is recognised by the 2 slots next to each other with a single hole below for the long earthed pin.
What kind of outlets are in Nicaragua?

What is the voltage in Nicaragua?

The voltage in Nicaragua is 120 volts.

Is the voltage in Nicaragua the same as the US?

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

What is the frequency used in a Nicaraguan power outlet?

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

Are outlets in Nicaragua the same as US?

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

Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for Nicaragua is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two different types of plug sockets that Nicaraguans use (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

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 faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on a 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 phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Nicaragua?

Why use a travel USB charger for Nicaragua?

  • 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 Nicaragua.
  • 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 Nicaragua.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 120 volts used in Nicaragua power outlets along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some accommodation or hotel rooms in Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua 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 Nicaraguan power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in a Nicaraguan 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 Nicaragua?

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 Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua.

Power converters for Nicaragua

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

Voltage converter

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

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 Nicaragua, however a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] converts a 120 volt Nicaraguan power outlet to work with a non-120 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Nicaragua?

When you are visiting Nicaragua from another region please ensure your device can be used with a 120v supply.

  • If your device does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Nicaragua from another country please check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check the device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are normally indicated by 100-240 volts) else 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 Nicaragua from a higher 230 volt country you will need to use a bulkier Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

See 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?

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 Nicaraguan 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 Nicaraguan power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Nicaraguan power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Nicaraguan power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which work with the Nicaraguan 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 Nicaraguan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Nicaraguan 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 Nicaraguan 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/Nicaragua - Nicaragua 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.