Nicaragua power adapters - what plugs are used in Nicaragua?

Nicaraguan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Nicaragua?

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 you're from America and visiting Nicaragua you will not need a power adapter or power converter. However it may be practical to use a USB travel power adapter as it allows you to recharge multiple devices by only bringing one charger.
  • 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 [3]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Nicaragua?

The best power adapter for Nicaragua is a Type B power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 120 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Nicaragua?

What is a power adapter for Nicaraguan power outlet?

A power adapter for Nicaragua is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits an electrical socket in Nicaragua 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].

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Nicaragua?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 120 volt Nicaraguan power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use a 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance then you will also need a more expensive step up power converter for Nicaragua along with the correct power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from a different country to use electrical appliances and devices in Nicaragua simply by adapting the shape of the plug from one type to another.

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.

Do I need a plug adapter for Nicaragua if I'm visiting from America?

An American plug does not require a power adapter because it already fits into a Nicaraguan power outlet.

Nicaragua power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Nicaragua?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Nicaragua?

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

  • Plug Type A - This unearthed wall outlet (technically called the type A power outlet) can be recognised by the two slots next to each other.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify the plug socket by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the slightly longer ground pin.

What is the voltage from a Nicaraguan power outlet?

The common voltage from a Nicaraguan power outlet is 120 volts.

Do US plugs work in Nicaragua?

Yes, an American plug will work in Nicaragua and does not need a power converter or a plug adapter.

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.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Nicaragua?

To use a 220V, 230V or 240V appliance in a Nicaraguan power outlet you need to bring a step up power converter.

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 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 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 [6]. 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 [6] 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 a power converter for a Nicaraguan power outlet?

A power converter enables travellers to use their 220-240 volt electrical appliance with a 120 volt Nicaraguan 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 Nicaragua?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [7] (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 [8] converts a 120 volt Nicaraguan power outlet to work with a non-120 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Nicaragua?

When visiting Nicaragua from another country please check that your device can be used with a 120 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [9] if you are visiting Nicaragua from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance or device is incompatible with 120 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a 120 volt device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage such as 230 volts and used in a 120 volt outlet may take longer to charge or simply won't power up. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Nicaragua from a different region then check that it will work with a 120 volt Nicaraguan power outlet or you will need to bring a step up power converter [9].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair dryers or curling irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10] which allows it to be used with a 120 volt Nicaraguan power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier high wattage power converter to Nicaragua in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers in Nicaragua , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Nicaragua from America?

You won't need a power converter because the voltage from a Nicaraguan power outlet is in the same 100-120V range as America.

What kind of converter do I need for Nicaragua?

If you need to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Nicaragua you will need to buy a step up power converter [9].

What voltage is used in Nicaragua?

Nicaragua uses 120 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 120 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 120 volt Nicaraguan 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 Nicaragua before plugging that into a Nicaraguan 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 120 volt Nicaraguan power outlet.
What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

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

Single voltage hair dryer

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 difference) 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.

What can I connect to a Nicaraguan power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Nicaraguan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Nicaraguan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Nicaraguan power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Nicaraguan power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Nicaraguan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Nicaraguan power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Nicaraguan power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Nicaragua, 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/Nicaragua - Nicaragua Wikipedia web page.
  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