El Salvador power adapters - what plugs are used in El Salvador?

Salvadoranf power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting El Salvador will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Salvadoranf power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then please read the section about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device is 115 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Salvadoranf power outlet then it should work in El Salvador without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 115 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Salvadoranf power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for El Salvador such a Type B plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for El Salvador (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in El Salvador, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 115 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 115 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for El Salvador to convert the voltage from 115 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for El Salvador if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power your USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring one which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for El Salvador.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 115 volts used in El Salvador you run a risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in El Salvador please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Complicated frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in El Salvador. This page has links to step by step instructions which shows how to supply power to your devices when you are travelling to El Salvador by using their types B or A 115 volt 60Hz power outlets. You'll discover that power changes regionally so we suggest reading the power adapters for a full list of regions and countries. We also recommend referring to the El Salvador Wikipedia page [1] for more information.

El Salvador power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in El Salvador?

If the shape of the Salvadoranf power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter. A US plug does not need a power adapter because it will already fit in a Salvadoranf power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for El Salvador?

The best power adapter for El Salvador will be a Type B power adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 115 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for El Salvador?

El Salvador power outlets

What plug sockets are used in El Salvador?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the wall socket by the two thin slots next to each other.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise the wall socket by the two thin slots for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the earthed pin.
What plug sockets are used in El Salvador?

What voltage is used in El Salvador?

The common residential voltage in El Salvador is 115 volts.

Is a plug socket in El Salvador the same as the US?

A US plug will fit into outlets in El Salvador, both the frequency and voltage range are the identical to America.

Is the voltage in El Salvador the same as the US?

The voltage in El Salvador is 115 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. Even though these are very similar check the voltage on your American appliance or power charger supports a voltage range between 100 to 127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

What frequency is used in El Salvador?

The frequency found in a Salvadoranf power outlet is 60Hz.

El Salvador 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 El Salvador?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than one device the best international travel charger for El Salvador to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Salvadoransf use two different standards of power outlets (types B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads over. If your type of device supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers along with support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your devices at an airport or on the flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible power adapter like this online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for El Salvador?

Why use a travel USB charger for El Salvador?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. It cuts down on the weightand size of your luggage by only bringing a single USB wall charger rather than bringing several different chargers along.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various power outlet types. This is suitable if visiting multiple countries across North America which will probably use a different outlet to El Salvador.
  • Good USB travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which might be hard to repair or replace in El Salvador.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 115 volt power outlets in El Salvador plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that accommodation or hotel bedrooms in El Salvador might only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single power supply with all your devices instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Due to their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure gates can be scarce and demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in El Salvador could prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Higher priced USB chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to allow you to use low wattage devices such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information see the guide on using travel appliances in El Salvador for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for a Salvadoranf power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Certain mobile phones might require more than the usual 500 milliamps supplied by a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB chargers can also be used by charging multiple mobile phones overnight using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for El Salvador?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both El Salvador and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to El Salvador.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 most travellers from around the world visiting El Salvador.

Power converters for El Salvador

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] converts the voltage of 115 volts from a Salvadoranf power outlet to work with a non-115 volt device, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in El Salvador.

Do I need a voltage converter for El Salvador?

When visiting El Salvador from another country make sure that the device can be used with a 115v supply.

  • If your device charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting El Salvador from a different region then check that it is compatible with a 115 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check the device is dual-voltage (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else 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 El Salvador from a higher 230 volt country you will need to use a much bulkier Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 115 volts.

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

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if a device is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the appliance itself, normally on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location might vary depending on the make and model of your device but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Salvadoranf 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 Salvadoranf power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Salvadoranf power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to a Salvadoranf power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Salvadoranf 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 work with a Salvadoranf power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Salvadoranf 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 Salvadoranf 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/El_Salvador - Salvadoranf 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.