Brazil power adapters - what plugs are used in Brazil?

Brazilian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Brazil?

Use a Type N plug adapter [3] for Brazil if your plug doesn't fit in a Brazilian power outlet.

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

Warning: Brazil uses 2 different types of voltage depending on the location - both 127 volts and 240 volts. Always ensure that you familiarise yourself with the voltage of the outlet prior to using any electrical appliance in a Brazilian power outlet. If your device won't handle the voltage you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in Brazil please check both the outlet voltage and the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation. Instructions on this page assume that you understand which voltage you will be using, however the safest option is always to ensure your device or appliance is dual voltage.

  • If your device can run on 127 or 220 volts (depending on location) 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 or 220 volts (depending on location) 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 [3]. 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 or 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 127 or 220 volts (depending on location) and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Brazil to convert the voltage from 127 or 220 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 simply need to bring one or more USB devices such as a mobile phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you choose to bring one which includes a Type N plug adapter otherwise you will also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Brazil.

Brazil power adapters

Power adapters for Brazil

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 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.

What is the best power adapter for Brazil?

The best power adapter for Brazil will be a Type N plug adapter [3] which allows you to use any device or appliance providing that the voltages are the same.

What is the best power adapter for Brazil?

What is a power adapter for a Brazilian power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that allow a different type of power plug on an appliance from a different country to correctly fit into a Brazilian power outlet.

Do I need a plug adapter for Brazil?

If the outlet in your home country isn't the same as the type of Brazilian power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter for Brazil do?

A power adapter for Brazil enables a visitor travelling from another location to use their electronic appliances and devices in Brazil simply by changing the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Brazil?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Brazil?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Brazil power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Brazil?

Type C and N power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Brazil?

There are two types of power outlets used in Brazil, types N and C with the primary power outlets 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 is the voltage from a Brazillian power outlet?

Outlets in Brazil vary between using 127 and 220 volt power outlets depending on the area, there is no common standard.

What electrical frequency is used with a Brazilian power outlet?

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

Are outlets in Brazil the same as the US?

An American plug won't fit into an outlet in Brazil and depending on which area you visit in Brazil the voltage might differ to the US. Therefore you will need to bring a suitable Brazilian power adapter and also a power converter for Brazil.

Is the voltage in Brazil the same as the US?

This will depend on the area of Brazil you are visiting.

Are different voltages used in Brazil?

Depending on the location in Brazil you will find different voltages being used, from the 110 volt range to 220 volts. Hotels may have power outlets which offer both voltages, however it is advisable to call ahead to ensure both are available. For more information please use the electrical outlet page on Visit Brazil [6] for an accurate tool which lists the primary voltage used in different regions.

Which areas of Brazil use 127 volts?

The following areas use 127 volt power outlets (states are listed in bold):

  • Acre, Aiquara, Alagoinhas, Almadina, Amapá, Amazonas, Antas, Antônio Cardoso, Apauarema, Aracás, Aratuipe, Arroio do Sal, Aurélio Leal, Barra do Rocha, Belmonte, Bom Jesus da Lapa, Boquira, Brej;es, Buerarema, Cabeceiras do Paraguaçú, Cacoahaeira, Camaçari, Canavieiras, Candeias, Canoas, Capão da Canoa, Capela de Santana, Castro Alves, Catú, Cipó, Conceição da Feira, Conceição do Almeida, Copnceição do Jacuipe, Coração de Maria, Coronel João Sá, Correntina, Cravolândia, Cruz das Almas, Dário Meira, Dianópolis, Espírito Santo (certain areas of Espírito Santo use 220 volts), Firmino Alves, Floresta Azul, General Camara, Gongogi, Governador Lomanto Jr., Governador Mangabeira, Ibicaraí, Ibicui, Ibirapitanga, Ibirataia, Iguai, Ilheus, Imbê, Ipecaeta, Ipiau, Irará, Itabaiana, Itabuna, Itacaré, Itagiba, Itaju do Colonia, Itajuipe, Itanagra, Itaparica, Itape, Itapitanga, Itaquara, Itatim, Itiruçú, Itororó, Jaborandi, Jaguaquara, Jeremoabo, Jiquirica, Jitauna, Jussari, Lagedo do Tabocal, Lauro de Freitas, Madre de Deus, Maracas, Maragogipe, Mato Grosso (certain areas of Mato Grosso use 220 volts), Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Moita Bonita, Muniz Ferreira, Muritiba, Nazaré, Neópolis, Nova Canaã, Nova Itarana, Novo triunfo, Ouricangas, Pacatuba, Pará, Paraná (certain areas of Paraná use 220 volts), Paulo Afonso, Pedrão, Pedro Alexandre, Piraí do Norte, Pojuca, Porto Alegre, Própria, Rafael Jambeiro, Rio de Janeiro (certain areas of Rio de Janeiro use 220 volts), Rio Grande, Rondônia, Roraima, Salvador, Santa Cruz da Vitória, Santa Inês, Santa Luzia, Santa Maria da Vitória, Santa Terezeinha, Santana, Santanópolis, Santo Amaro, Santo Antônio de Jesus, Santo Estevão, São Desidério, São Felipe, São Felix, São Felix do Coribe, São Francisco do Conde, São José da Vitória, São Leopoldo, São Miguel das Matas, São Paulo (certain areas of São Paulo use 220 volts), Sapeaçú, Sátiro Dias, Saubara, Serra do Ramalho, Serra Preta, Sim;es Filho, Sítio do Mato, Sítio do Quino, Telha, Teodoro Sampaio, Terranova, Torres, Tramandaí, Três Cachoeiras, Três Palmeiras, Ubaíra, Urucuca, Varzedo, Vera Cruz

Which areas of Brazil use 220 volts?

The following areas use 220 volt power outlets:

  • Alagoas, Alegre, Araguaiana, Assis, Bahia (certain areas of Bahia use 127 volts), Barra das Garças, Bastos, Biritib a-Mirim, Boituva, Bora, Caçapava, Campo Limpo Paulista, Cândido Mota, Caraguatatuba, Ceará, Cocalinho, Cruzalia, Distrito Federal, Echapora, Florinea, Gaçuí, Goiás, Guarujá, Iacri, Ibirarema, Iepe, Indaiatuba, Iperó, Itupeva, Jambeiro, Joãp Ramalho, Jundiaí, Loveira, Lutécia, Maracaí, Maranhão, Mogi das Cruzes, Nova Friburgo, Oscar Bressane, Palmital, Paraguaçú, Paraíba, Paulista, Pernambuco, Piauí, Platina, Porto Feliz, Quatá, Rancharia, Ribeirão do Sul, Rinópolis, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul (certain areas of Rio Grande do Sul use 127 volts), Rio Negro, Salesópolis, Salto Grande, Santa Branca, Santa Catarina, São José dos Campos, São Sebastião, Sergipe (certain areas of Sergipe use 127 volts), Tocantins (certain areas of Tocantins use 127 volts), Tupã, Varzea Paulista, Vinhedo

For a useful list of voltages used in different regions visit the worldstandards.eu [7] page on Brazil.

Brazil 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 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 [8]. 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 [8] 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 replace in Brazil.
  • USB chargers will accept the 127 or 220 volt power outlets in Brazil and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that accommodation or hotel bedrooms in Brazil might only have a single wall 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, however these 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 useful advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Brazilian power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Certain mobile 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

Do I need a power converter if I'm visiting Brazil from America?

Because there are two different types of voltage used in Brazil in different areas we recommend bringing a power converter as this will allow you to use your 110 volt appliances with any power outlets which use the 220 volts found in Brazil.

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a 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 is my appliance?

Dual 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 difference) 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.

What can I connect to a Brazilian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Brazilian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Brazilian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Brazilian power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to a Brazilian power outlet

Apple iPhones that can connect to a Brazilian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Brazilian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Brazil, 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 [10].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil - Wikipedia entry about Brazil.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type N plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type N 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. http://visitbrasil.com/en/informacoes-essenciais/electricity.html - Visit Brazil
  7. https://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plug-voltage-by-country/brazil/ - worldstandards.eu
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  9. 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.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets