Puerto Rico power adapters - what plugs are used in Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rican power outlet

What adapter do I need for Puerto Rico?

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Puerto Rico will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Puerto Rican power outlet. If you're not sure what voltage your device uses then please read the section about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • If you're planning on travelling to Puerto Rico from the US all US appliances and devices should charge without a power converter or an adapter. One suggestion however is to bring a USB travel power adapter as it will allow you to charge more than one device using only one power charger.
  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Puerto Rican power outlet then you can use it in Puerto Rico.
  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Puerto Rican power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Puerto Rico such a Type B plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Puerto Rico (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Puerto Rico, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 120 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 120 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Puerto Rico 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 Puerto Rico if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you want to power your USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it will work with any voltage, but ensure that you bring one which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Puerto Rico.

Warning: If your device won't handle 120 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Before using your device in Puerto Rico check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

If you are packing for a trip to Puerto Rico it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your devices like cell phones or tablets when you reach your hotel. But by not knowing which power supply is used in Puerto Rico you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor when you're there that might be incompatible. Different standards and sockets can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Puerto Rico. This page contains links to simple instructions demonstrating how to supply power to your devices when visiting Puerto Rico using the types B or A 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, Type B plug outlets are normally used by a majority of Puerto Ricans. Most power changes regionally therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries. We also suggest reading the Puerto Rico Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information prior to visiting the location.

Puerto Rico power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Puerto Rico?

The best power adapter for Puerto Rico is a Type B plug adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 120 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Puerto Rico?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and cheap plastic adapters that permit a Puerto Rican power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

Do I need a power adapter for Puerto Rico?

It depends on which location you are travelling from and the type of plug you want to use.

Will I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Puerto Rico from the US?

An American plug will not need a power adapter as it can fit in a Puerto Rican power outlet.

What does a power adapter for a Puerto Rican power outlet do?

A power adapter for a Puerto Rican power outlet allows a visitor from another country to use their electrical appliances in Puerto Rico by adapting the shape of the plug to fit the power socket.

Will a power adapter change the voltage in Puerto Rico?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 120 volt Puerto Rican power outlet and can't convert to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 220-240 volt appliance then you also need a more expensive step up power converter for Puerto Rico along with the correct type of adapter.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Puerto Rico?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Puerto Rico?

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.

Puerto Rico power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Puerto Rico?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Puerto Rico?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise this plug outlet by the two adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  • Plug Type B - The wall socket (known as a type B power outlet) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other with a semicircle hole below for the earth pin.

What voltage is used in a Puerto Rican power outlet?

The normal voltage used from a Puerto Rican power outlet is 120 volts.

Do US plugs work in Puerto Rico?

Yes, a US plug will work in Puerto Rico without needing a power converter or plug adapter.

What is the electrical frequency used in Puerto Rico?

The frequency used in a Puerto Rican power outlet is 60Hz.

Is a Puerto Rican power outlet the same as in the US?

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

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Puerto Rico?

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

Is the voltage in Puerto Rico the same as the US?

The voltage which comes from a Puerto Rican power outlet is 120V, the same as in America.

Is an electric power outlet for the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for Puerto Rico?

The Caribbean

Is an electric power outlet for the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for Puerto Rico?

Different countries throughout The Caribbean use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, a plug that works with a Puerto Rican power outlet might not function correctly in another island. When travelling to more than one country in The Caribbean it is recommended to either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [6] consisting of different types of power adapters, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [7] as both these options ensure you're covered for most different power outlet types that you may encounter on each island.

As different islands in The Caribbean use different power outlet types and voltages, a plug that works with a Puerto Rican power outlet might not work properly on another island. If you need more details on what to expect when preparing to travel we've compiled similar instructions to this page for every Caribbean island: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Tobago, Trinidad and US Virgin Islands.

Puerto Rico 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 Puerto Rico?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than one device then the best travel charger for Puerto Rico to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Puerto Ricans use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of device is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Puerto Rican trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for recharging your devices at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel often we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Puerto Rico?

Why use a travel USB charger for Puerto Rico?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB power chargers should include swappable plug heads for different power outlets thereby making them ideal when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use a different standard to Puerto Rico.
  • A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair in Puerto Rico.
  • USB travel chargers will accept both the 120 volt power outlets in Puerto Rico along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms or accommodation in Puerto Rico only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Due to their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets in airport departure lounges can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Puerto Rico might prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers also include power outlet strips to allow you to power multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but note these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to the section on using travel appliances with a Puerto Rican power outlet for guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for a high powered appliances with a Puerto Rican power outlet.
  • Some cellphones and tablets might require more than the normal 500 milliamps produced from a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones overnight using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Puerto Rico?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Puerto Rico using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Puerto Rico.

Power converters for Puerto Rico

What does a power converter for Puerto Rico do?

Power converters allow travellers to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt electric appliance with a 120 volt Puerto Rican 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 power adapter?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [9] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Puerto Rico, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [10] will convert a 120 volt Puerto Rican power outlet to work with a non-120 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Puerto Rico?

If you are visiting Puerto Rico from another country ensure your device will accept a 120 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [11] if you are travelling from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device isn't compatible with 120 volts. Read the WikiConnections world power outlets page to discover the voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage appliance that works with 120 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) and then used with 120 volts can take longer to charge or simply won't turn on. If your device does not power up or charges slowly when visiting Puerto Rico from a different region please check that it is compatible with a 120 volt Puerto Rican power outlet otherwise you will need a step up power converter [11].
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [12].
  • Purchasing a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than carrying a heavier high wattage power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance in Puerto Rico.
  • For more information read our travel guides on using clothes irons, curling irons, flat irons and blow dryers in Puerto Rican power outlets which includes advice for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm visiting Puerto Rico from the US?

An American plug does not require a power converter as the voltage from a Puerto Rican power outlet is in the same 100-120 volt range as the US.

What converter do I need for Puerto Rico?

You will need a step up power converter [11] in order to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance with a 120 volt Puerto Rican power outlet.

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

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power transformer and a 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.

How to convert 120 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [11] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 120 volt Puerto Rican 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 Puerto Rico before plugging that into a Puerto Rican 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 Puerto Rican power outlet.

What voltage does Puerto Rico use?

Puerto Rico uses 120 volts in their standard power outlets.

How to tell the voltage of my device

Single voltage hair straighteners

How to tell the voltage of my device

A simple method to tell if a device is dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

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

What can I connect to a Puerto Rican power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Puerto Rican power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Puerto Rican power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Puerto Rican power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to a Puerto Rican power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to the Puerto Rican power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Puerto Rican power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Puerto Rico, 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 [14].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rico - Wikipedia entry about Puerto Rico.
  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. Multiple power adapter travel set - 12 piece grounded international travel plug adapter set .
  7. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries.
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets