Brazil power adapters - what plugs are used in Brazil?

Brazilian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Brazil all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge in a Brazilian power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device uses then read the section on how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 127 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Brazilian power outlet then you can use it in Brazil.
  • If your device can run on 127 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Brazilian power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Brazil such a Type N plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Brazil (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Brazil, but but is unable to change the voltage from 127 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 127 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Brazil to convert the voltage from 127 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Brazil if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type N plug adapter.
  • If you need to power your USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type N plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Brazil.

Warning: If your device won't handle 127 volts you run the risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your device in Brazil please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

If you are packing for a holiday it is helpful to know if you'll be able to power your essential gadgets when you reach your destination. By not knowing which wall socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore having to buy or borrow a suitable charger when you arrive. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Brazil. This page contains links to simple instructions showing you exactly how to charge your devices when you are in Brazil by using their Type N or C 127 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type N power outlets are used by most Brazilians. Power changes depending on which area you are travelling to therefore we suggest reading the power adapters for a complete list of countries. We suggest referring to the Brazil Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details.

Brazil power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Brazil?

It will depend on which country you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in Brazil. A US plug won't physically fit in a Brazilian power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Brazil.

What is the best power adapter for Brazil?

The best power adapter for Brazil will be a Type N plug adapter [2] which allows you to use any 127 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Brazil?

Brazil power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Brazil?

There are two different types of power supply used in Brazil, these are type N and C with the primary power supply being type N:

  • Plug Type C - The power socket, technically known as the type C socket, is recognised by the two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type N - The flattened hexagon shaped plug socket, technically known as a type N power outlet, can be recognised by the three large round holes forming a flattened triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
What plug sockets are used in Brazil?

What is the voltage in Brazil?

The standard residential voltage used in Brazil is 127 volts.

What electrical frequency is used with a Brazilian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current found in a Brazilian power outlet is 60Hz.

Is a Brazilian power outlet the same as the US?

Although the frequency and voltage range in America are both identical to Brazil US plugs won't fit into a Brazilian power outlet without a power adapter for Brazil.

Is the voltage in Brazil the same as the US?

The voltage from a Brazilian power outlet is 127 volts, whereas Americans use 120 volts. Although these are similar check the voltage on your US charger or appliance can handle voltage fluctuations between 100 to 127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

Brazil 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 Brazil?

When you are travelling with more than just one device or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Brazil to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two different standards of wall outlets in Brazil (types N and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Because you are only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for recharging your devices at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Brazil?

Why use a travel USB charger for Brazil?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only packing a single USB wall charger rather than bringing numerous chargers.
  • Most travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types making them suitable when visiting other countries which will probably use different standards to Brazil.
  • Good chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to repair in Brazil.
  • USB chargers will accept the 127 volt power outlets in Brazil and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that hotel rooms in Brazil only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Brazil could prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in multiple low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, howeverthese will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances with a Brazilian power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Brazilian power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Some cell phones and tablets could require more than the normal 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices require additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB chargers can also be useful by charging multiple mobile phones every day using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Brazil?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Brazil and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Brazil.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half 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 Brazil.

Power converters for Brazil

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Brazil, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] will convert the voltage of 127 volts from a Brazilian power outlet to work with a non-127 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Brazil?

When you are visiting Brazil from a different country check your device can be used with a 127v supply.

  • If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Brazil from a different country check that it is compatible with a 127 volt power supply. Devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your device is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually indicated by 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.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Brazil from a higher 230 volt location you will need to use a bulkier Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 127 volts.

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

What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my appliance?

The easiest method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug or on the unit itself, typically near to where the power cord plugs into. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also state in the instruction manual.

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

Travel appliances that can connect to a Brazilian 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 Brazilian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Brazilian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to a Brazilian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can connect to a Brazilian 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 Brazilian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Brazilian 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 Brazilian 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/Brazil - Wikipedia entry about Brazil.
  2. Type N plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type N 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.