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

Puerto Rican power outlet

Summary

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 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 [2]. 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

Do I need a power adapter for Puerto Rico?

It depends on the shape of plug you are attempting to use in Puerto Rico and the location you are travelling from. An American plug will not need a power adapter as it can fit in a Puerto Rican power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for Puerto Rico?

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

What is the best power adapter for Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rico power outlets

What type of power outlets are 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 supply by the two adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify the power socket by the two slots next to each other with a semicircle hole below for the earth pin.
What type of power outlets are in Puerto Rico?

What voltage is used in Puerto Rico?

The standard voltage used in Puerto Rico is 120 volts.

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.

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.

Puerto Rico 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 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 [5]. 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 [5] 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 is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter?

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [6] (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 [7] will convert a 120 volt Puerto Rican power outlet to work with a non-120 volt appliance.

Do I need a voltage converter for Puerto Rico?

When travelling to Puerto Rico from a different country please check the device can be used with a 120 volt supply.

  • If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Puerto Rico from a different region please check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) either take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is a dual voltage device (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to ensure safe and proper use when powering devices.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Puerto Rico from a higher 230 volt location you will need to use a much bulkier Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

Read the list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

How to tell the voltage of my device

Single voltage hair dryer

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 diffence) 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.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Puerto Rican 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 Puerto Rican power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

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

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to a Puerto Rican power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

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

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Puerto Rican 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 Puerto Rican 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/Puerto_Rico - Wikipedia entry about Puerto Rico.
  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.