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

Puerto Rican power outlet

What adapter do I need for Puerto Rico?

You will need to bring a Type B plug adapter [3] to Puerto Rico if your plug won't fit in a Puerto Rican power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to bring 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 before going any further.

  • 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 is 120 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Puerto Rican power outlet then it will work in Puerto Rico without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage but the 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 but is unable 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 will also need a power converter for Puerto Rico to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Puerto Rico if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to bring one or more 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 choose a USB travel adapter which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Puerto Rico.
  • Excessive use of a phone during a vacation can put an extra drain on the battery, we suggest packing a portable charger [4] if you need to recharge your cellphone whilst travelling to an unfamiliar location.

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

Puerto Rico power adapters

Power adapters for Puerto Rico

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.

What is the best power adapter for Puerto Rico?

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

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.
  • Plug Type B - The wall socket (known as a type B power outlet) is identified by the two slots next to each other with a semicircle hole below for the earth pin.

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?

Use a step up power converter should you need to bring either a 220V, 230V or 240V appliance to Puerto Rico.

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 [7] consisting of different types of power adapters, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [8] 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.

How reliable is electrical power in Puerto Rico?

Whilst consistent electrical power can't be guaranteed, electricity in Puerto Rico is reliable and there is no history of frequent power blackouts in comparison to other countries.

Is there good access to electricity in Puerto Rico?

The entire population of Puerto Rico has access to electricity.

Do I need a portable charger for Puerto Rico?

A power bank for charging phones

Do I need a portable charger for Puerto Rico?

Even though power cuts aren't regular and electricity is available throughout the country, visitors should still bring a portable charger to recharge mobiles.

  • During a trip increased reliance on mobile phones for taking pictures, storing itineraries, social network sharing, sat nav and playing games will syphon off power before the end of the day. A flat cell phone battery can potentially leave you stranded without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use a satellite navigation app to find your way back to accommodation.
  • Using a portable charger [4] lowers that risk as it means you can keep your mobile phone fully powered on the move.
  • We recommend using at least a 10,000mAh power bank [4] which can supply enough electricity to power around three full charges while a 20,000mAh power bank [11] should keep an average mobile phone charged for almost seven days depending on the usage and model of the phone. A mAh value shows the capacity of the battery and gives an indication of how many charge cycles the power bank is capable of.
  • As long as your laptop has a USB-C charging port then a portable charger for a laptop [12] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge the laptop in Puerto Rico.
  • Be aware that some airlines won't allow you take power banks on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Consumer power banks aren't strong enough for use with high powered items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [9] or gas hair straighteners [10] are designed for travelling.
Does a solar powered charger work in Puerto Rico?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Does a solar powered charger work in Puerto Rico?

The sunlight in Puerto Rico should be suitable enough to charge solar power bank [14] dependably, but will need to be left in strong sunlight to provide enough energy for a single charge. It might prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank and wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the much larger durable cells found on a solar backpack [13] will give the bag the ability to generate more electricity within a faster period of time and should generate some charge during overcast weather, meaning they should perform well in Puerto Rico.
  • A device that is plugged directly into the USB port of a solar backpack should trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Puerto Rico, but this might be inconvenient to have it continually connected in the bag should it be used constantly. A regular power bank [4] plugged into a solar backpack can be constantly powered up during sunlight, afterwards the phone can be powered up from the power bank without daylight.
  • Even though the climate in Puerto Rico is suitable for solar, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate at least 6 watts of power and includes a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater. The durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags have been designed to endure bending and scratching, unlike normal rigid solar panels. Solar bags are found in laptop messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them ideal for work, domestic and travel use.

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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 [15]. 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 4 Port USB Wall Charger [15] 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?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the size of your luggage by only needing to bring a single USB wall charger instead of bringing several individual USB chargers along.
  • All travel USB chargers will include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is suitable if travelling to other countries across North America which will probably use different outlets to Puerto Rico.
  • A good USB charger is lightweight, compact and rugged; ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing along a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Puerto Rico.
  • USB chargers can accept the 120 volts used in Puerto Rico power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel bedrooms 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 family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is perect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Puerto Rico could prove difficult and expensive.
  • Premium USB chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to use low wattage devices such as laptops, but be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our guide on using travel appliances in Puerto Rico for helpful advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Puerto Rican power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets might require more than the standard 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices require extra power.
  • Travel USB chargers can still be useful when returning home by recharging multiple cellphones every day using only one 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 heavy and bulky power converter [16] will convert a 120 volt Puerto Rican power outlet to work with a non-120 volt device, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Puerto Rico.

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 [17] 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 [17].
  • 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 [18].
  • 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?

To use any 220-240 volt appliance in Puerto Rico you need to use a step up power converter [17].

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 [17] 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 [20].

  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. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  8. 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.
  9. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  10. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  11. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  12. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  13. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  14. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  15. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets