Bolivia power adapters - what plugs are used in Bolivia?

Bolivian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Bolivia?

You need to pack a Type C plug adapter [3] for Bolivia if the plug you intend on using won't fit in a Bolivian power outlet.

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

  • If you are visiting Bolivia from the US we recommend bringing a plug adapter for Bolivia as US Type A or B outlets might not typically be found. Because the voltage is different in Bolivia you need to bring a power converter for Bolivia if your device isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device is 115 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Bolivian power outlet then you can use it 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 [3]. Please be aware that 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 won't change the voltage from 115 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 115 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Bolivia to convert the voltage from 115 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Bolivia if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type C plug adapter.
  • If you need to power USB devices such as a mobile phone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but make sure 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 the 115 volts used in Bolivia 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.

Bolivia power adapters

Power adapters for Bolivia

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.

What is the best power adapter for Bolivia?

The best power adapter for Bolivia will be a Type C plug adapter [3] which allows you to use any 115 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Bolivia?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that allow an electic socket in Bolivia to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a different region.

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

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Bolivia?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 115 volt Bolivian power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use any 220-240 volt device you also need to bring a more expensive step up power converter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from another country to use electrical appliances in Bolivia simply by changing the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter in Bolivia?

If the power plug you are using is different to the shape of the Bolivian power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Bolivia from America?

A US Type A or Type B outlet might not readily be found in Bolivia so it is advisable to use a suitable power adapter for Bolivia.

Bolivia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Bolivia?

Type A and C power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Bolivia?

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

  • Plug Type A - This power socket (called the type A power outlet) is recognised by the 2 adjacent slots.
  • Plug Type C - The power outlet (technically called a type C socket or Europlug) is recognised by the 2 adjacent holes where the twin plug socket pins go.

Do US plugs work in Bolivia?

Maybe with certain power outlets which are available in Bolivia; but we suggest bringing all types of power adapters for Bolivia because a US Type A or B outlet might not commonly be found. Also check that your device can work with a 50hz power outlet.

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.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Bolivia?

To use a 220V appliance in a Bolivian power outlet you need to use a step up power converter.

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 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 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 [6]. 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 [6] 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, meaning you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only bringing one USB wall charger rather than bringing several different USB chargers.
  • Travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal when visiting different countries across South America which are likely to use different standards to Bolivia.
  • Good USB travel chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Bolivia.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 115 volt power outlets in Bolivia along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that some hotels in Bolivia only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than 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 almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Bolivia might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in low powered devices such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances in Bolivia for useful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices with a Bolivian power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices need extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by recharging multiple cell phones 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 a power converter for a Bolivian power outlet?

A power converter for Bolivia will enable travellers to use a 220-240 volt electric appliance with a 115 volt Bolivian 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 plug adapter for Bolivia?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Bolivia, however an expensive and bulkier power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 115 volts from a Bolivian power outlet to work with a non-115 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Bolivia?

When travelling to Bolivia from another country please check that your device can be used with a 115 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [8] if you are visiting Bolivia from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device is incompatible with 115 volts. See our WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 115 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts and then used in a 115 volt power outlet sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up. If your device charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Bolivia from a different region check that it can be used with a 115 volt power supply otherwise you will need to bring a step up power converter [8].
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [9] which allows the appliance to be used with a 115 volt Bolivian power outlet.
  • Investing a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance will be more practical and cost effective than bringing a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and blow dryers with a Bolivian power outlet , along with advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Bolivia if I'm from the US?

A US plug does not need a power converter because the voltage from a Bolivian power outlet is in the same 100-120 volt range as America.

What kind of converter do I need for Bolivia?

You will need to buy a step up power converter [8] to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Bolivia.

What voltage is used in Bolivia?

Bolivia uses 115 volts in their normal power outlets.

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 Bolivian 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 Bolivia before plugging that into a Bolivian 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 Bolivian power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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 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.

What can I connect to a Bolivian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Bolivian power outlet

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Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Bolivian power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Bolivian power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a Bolivian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Bolivian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Bolivian power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Bolivia, 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/Bolivia - Bolivia entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C 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