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

Salvadoranf power outlet

What adapter do I need for El Salvador?

You will need to pack a Type B plug adapter [3] for El Salvador if your plug won't fit into a Salvadoranf power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting El Salvador will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power in a Salvadoranf power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then read the section about how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you are planning on travelling to El Salvador from America then you will not need a power adapter or power converter. One recommendation however is to use a USB travel power adapter as it allows you to power more than one device with only one power charger.
  • If your device is 115 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Salvadoranf power outlet then you can use it in El Salvador without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 115 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Salvadoranf power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for El Salvador such a Type B plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for El Salvador (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in El Salvador, but but is unable to convert 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 for your device. You'll still need to use 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 bring your USB devices such as a cellphone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you choose one which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for El Salvador.

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

El Salvador power adapters

Power adapters for El Salvador

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.

What is the best power adapter for El Salvador?

The best power adapter for El Salvador will be a Type B power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 115 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for El Salvador?

What is a power adapter for a Salvadoranf power outlet?

A power adapter for El Salvador is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that allows a different shaped power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly slot into an electrical outlet in El Salvador.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [4].

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.

Will I need a plug adapter for El Salvador if I'm from the US?

An American plug does not require an adapter because it can fit into a Salvadoranf power outlet.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Salvadoranf power outlet?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 115 volt Salvadoranf power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use a 220, 230 or 240 volt device you also need to bring a step up power converter for El Salvador.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter allows a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances and devices in El Salvador simply by altering the shape of the power plug to fit the wall outlet.

El Salvador power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in El Salvador?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in El Salvador?

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

  • Plug Type A - The power outlet, technically called a type A power outlet, can be recognised by the 2 thin adjacent slots where the live and neutral blades go.
  • Plug Type B - The power outlet, technically called a type B power outlet, can be recognised by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the twin plug socket blades sit with a hole below for the grounded pin.

Do US plugs work in El Salvador?

Yes, a US plug will work with a Salvadoranf power outlet so doesn't need a power converter or power adapter.

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.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in El Salvador?

A step up power converter will allow you to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in El Salvador.

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 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 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 [6]. 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 [6] 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?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only packing a single USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple individual power chargers with you.
  • All travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions thereby making them perfect if travelling to multiple countries which are likely to use a different outlet to El Salvador.
  • A good charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing along a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace or repair in El Salvador.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 115 volt power outlets in El Salvador along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel bedrooms or accommodation in El Salvador only have one wall outlet, by bringing 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 one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good travel charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in El Salvador might prove difficult and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to power multiple low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See the section on using travel appliances in El Salvador for helpful advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Salvadoranf power outlet.
  • Certain tablets and mobile phones might require more than the standard 500 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 any of your devices need additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only 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 a power converter for El Salvador?

A power converter for El Salvador enables travellers to use a 220-240 volt electrical device with a 115 volt Salvadoranf power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

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

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet in El Salvador, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [7] will transform a 115 volt Salvadoranf power outlet to work with a non-115 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for El Salvador?

If travelling to El Salvador from a different country please ensure that your device can accept a 115 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [8] if you are travelling from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance isn't compatible with 115 volts. Read the list of world power outlets guide to discover the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are already using either a 115 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts and then used with 115 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up. If your device charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting El Salvador from a different region then check that it can be used with a 115 volt power supply or you will need a step up power converter [8].
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you need to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [9].
  • Investing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance might be more cost effective and practical than bringing a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in El Salvador.
  • For more information read these travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hairdryers and hair straighteners in El Salvador , along with guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for El Salvador if I'm from America?

You won't need to bring a power converter as the voltage from a Salvadoranf power outlet is in the same 100-120 volt range as America.

What converter do I need for El Salvador?

If you wish to use any 220-240 volt appliance with a 115 volt Salvadoranf power outlet you will need to use a step up power converter [8].

How to convert 115 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [8] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 115 volt Salvadoranf 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 El Salvador before plugging that into a Salvadoranf 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 115 volt Salvadoranf power outlet.
What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

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

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.

What voltage does El Salvador use?

El Salvador uses 115 volts in their normal power outlets.

What voltage is my device?

Single 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.

What can I connect to a Salvadoranf power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Salvadoranf power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Salvadoranf power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Salvadoranf power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to a Salvadoranf power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Salvadoranf power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Salvadoranf power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Salvadoranf power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting El Salvador, 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 [11].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Salvador - Salvadoranf Wikipedia web page.
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets