Brazil power adapters - what plugs are used in Brazil?

Brazilian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Brazil?

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 you are from the US visiting Brazil you will need to bring a power adapter to fit a US plug into a Brazilian power outlet.
  • 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 [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 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

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 127 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Brazil?

What is a power adapter for 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.

Will I need a plug adapter for Brazil if I'm visiting from the US?

A US plug won't physically fit in a Brazilian power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Brazil.

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.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Brazilian power outlet?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 127 volt Brazilian power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance you also need a step up power converter for Brazil.

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 Brazilian power outlet?

The standard residential voltage used from a Brazilian power outlet is 127 volts.

Do US plugs work in Brazil?

No - an American plug won't work in Brazil because it won't fit into a Brazilian power outlet without using a power adapter.

What electrical frequency is used with a Brazilian power outlet?

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

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Brazil?

Use a step up power converter if you need to bring a 220V appliance to Brazil.

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 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 [6]. 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 [6] 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 does a power converter for a Brazilian power outlet do?

Power converters enable travellers to use their 220-240 volt electric device with a 127 volt Brazilian power outlet.

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

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [7] (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 [8] 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 will accept a 127 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [9] if you are travelling to Brazil from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 127 volts. See the world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage device that works with 127 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) and used in a 127 volt outlet can take longer to charge or won't turn on. If your device doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are travelling to Brazil from a different region please check that it is compatible with a 127 volt Brazilian power outlet or you will need to bring a step up power converter [9].
  • You don't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a laptop as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair dryers and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10] to allow the appliance to be used with a 127 volt Brazilian power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a much heavier high wattage power converter to Brazil in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling irons, blow dryers and hair straighteners with Brazilian power outlets which includes recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for Brazil if I'm visiting from the US?

A US plug will not require a power converter because the voltage from a Brazilian power outlet is in the same 100-120V range as the US.

What kind of converter do I need for Brazil?

You will need to use a step up power converter [9] in order to use any 220-240 volt appliance 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.

How to convert 127 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [9] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 127 volt Brazilian 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 Brazil before plugging that into a Brazilian 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 127 volt Brazilian power outlet.

What voltage is used in Brazil?

Brazil uses 127 volts in their standard power outlets.

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 [12].

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