Bolivia power adapters - what plugs are used in Bolivia?

Bolivian power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Bolivia all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power with a Bolivian power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • If your device is 115 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Bolivian power outlet then it will work in Bolivia without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 115 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Bolivian power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Bolivia such a Type C plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Bolivia (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Bolivia, but can't change the voltage from 115 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 115 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Bolivia to convert the voltage from 115 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Bolivia if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type C plug adapter.
  • If you need to power USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you choose to bring one which has a Type C plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Bolivia.

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

Background

Varying different combinations of standards and plug types can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Bolivia. This page has links to instructions which shows exactly how to power your devices when you are visiting Bolivia using their standard types C or A Bolivian 115 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You'll discover that most power adapters will change depending on which area you travelling to therefore please read our Wikiconnections travel power adapters guide for a full list showing powering devices in different destinations. We also recommend referring to the Bolivia Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details prior to visiting the area.

Bolivia power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Bolivia?

It depends on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in Bolivia. US Type A or Type B outlets might not commonly be found in Bolivia so it is recommended to bring a suitable power adapter for Bolivia.

What is the best power adapter for Bolivia?

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

What is the best power adapter for Bolivia?

Bolivia power outlets

What type of power outlets are in Bolivia?

There are two types of power outlets used in Bolivia, these are type C and A with the primary power supply being type C socket:

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the power supply by two thin adjacent slots where the pins go.
  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the power supply by two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
What type of power outlets are in Bolivia?

What is the voltage in Bolivia?

The common voltage in Bolivia is 115 volts.

Is the voltage in Bolivia the same as in the US?

The voltage in Bolivia is 115 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. Even though these are very similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your US charger or appliance supports voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

What is the frequency used with a Bolivian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Bolivian power outlet is 50Hz.

Are Bolivian power outlets the same as in the US?

Even though US Type A or Type B outlets could be available in Bolivia it is advisable to use a suitable plug adapter for Bolivia. The voltage is within the 100-128 volt range used in America however the frequency is different so ensure that your device works with 50hz.

Bolivia 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 Bolivia?

If travelling with more than just one device the best travel adapter for Bolivia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Bolivians use two different types of plug sockets (types C and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads. If your device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power adapters or using up additional wall outlets. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Bolivia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Bolivia?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weightand size of your baggage by only bringing one USB wall charger rather than bringing several different USB power chargers.
  • Most travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting other countries across South America which are likely to use different standards to Bolivia.
  • Good USB travel chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair or replace in Bolivia.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 115 volt power outlets in Bolivia and other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that hotel bedrooms in Bolivia only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be scarce and demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Bolivia might prove difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB chargers also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, howeverthese will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the section on using travel appliances in Bolivia for useful advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Bolivian power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain mobile phones could require more than the standard 500 mA supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices need extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by charging multiple cell phones and tablets every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Bolivia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Bolivia using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Bolivia.

Power converters for Bolivia

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

Voltage converter

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

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

Do I need a voltage converter for Bolivia?

When you are visiting Bolivia from a different country ensure the device can accept a 115v supply.

  • If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Bolivia from another region then check that it is compatible with a 115 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) can take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that your device is dual-voltage (usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to ensure safe and proper use when powering devices.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Bolivia from a higher 230 volt location you will need to use a much larger Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 115 volts.

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

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

The method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power adapter or on the unit itself, typically on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord sits. The location will depend on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box.

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

Travel appliances that can connect to a Bolivian 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 Bolivian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Bolivian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Bolivian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a Bolivian 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 Bolivian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Bolivian 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 Bolivian 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/Bolivia - Bolivia entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C 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.