Panama power adapters - what plugs are used in Panama?

Panamanian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Panama all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Panamanian power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then read the section below about how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Panamanian power outlet then you can use it in Panama without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Panamanian power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Panama such a Type B plug adapter [2]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Panama (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Panama, but can't change the voltage from 120 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 120 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Panama to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Panama if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to recharge your USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it will work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Panama.

Warning: If your device won't handle 120 volts used in Panama you run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before attempting to use your device in Panama please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Different combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country, especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Panama. This page has links to simple instructions demonstrating exactly how to supply power to your devices when you're travelling to Panama using the standard Type B or A 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. Power is different depending on which country you are in so please read the World power adapters page for a complete list of countries. We also recommend reading the Panama Wikipedia page [1] for further details prior to travelling to the area.

Panama power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Panama?

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

What is the best power adapter for Panama?

The best power adapter for Panama will be a Type B plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 120 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Panama?

Panama power outlets

What plugs do they use in Panama?

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

  • Plug Type A - This ungrounded wall supply (technically called the type A power outlet) can be identified by the two thin adjacent slots.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify the plug socket by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the short twin blades sit with a single hole below for the slightly longer ground pin.
What plugs do they use in Panama?

What is the voltage in Panama?

The voltage in Panama is 120 volts.

What is the frequency used in a Panamanian power outlet?

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

Is the voltage in Panama the same as the US?

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

Are outlets in Panama the same as US?

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

Panama 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 Panama?

When you are travelling with more than one device and visiting more than one country then the best international travel charger for Panama is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Panamanians use two different standards of wall outlets (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Panama?

Why use a travel USB charger for Panama?

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

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 Panama 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 Panama.

Power converters for Panama

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

Voltage converter

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

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

Do I need a power converter for Panama?

When travelling to Panama from another country please double check your device can accept a 120 volt supply.

  • If your device charges slowly or does not power up when visiting Panama from a different country check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to ensure safe and proper use when powering devices.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Panama 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 120 volts.

Read the WikiConnections 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 Panamanian 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 Panamanian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Panamanian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Panamanian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which work with the Panamanian 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 Panamanian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Panamanian 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 Panamanian 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/Panama - Panama 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.