Chile power adapters - what plugs are used in Chile?

Chilean power outlet

What adapter do I need for Chile?

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Chile all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Chilean power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device uses then read the section below on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If you are from the US and travelling to Chile then you will need to use a plug adapter for Chile to fit a US plug into a Chilean power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Chile pack a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Chilean power outlet then you can use it in Chile without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Chilean power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Chile such a Type L plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Chile (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Chile, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Chile to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Chile if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type L plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power your USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type L plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Chile.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts used in Chile you run the risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before using your device in Chile read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

When packing for a holiday to Chile it is useful to know if you'll be able to charge your common electronics when you're there. However, by not knowing which plug socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore needing to borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you're there. Varying complicated standards and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Chile. This page contains links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when travelling to Chile using their standard L or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please be aware Type L power outlets are typically used by most Chileans. Power adapters will vary regionally therefore please read the WikiConnections world power adapters guide for a complete list of destinations. We suggest reading the Chile Wikipedia page [1] for further details on travelling to the location.

Chile power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Chile?

The best power adapter for Chile is a Type L power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Chile?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Chile is a compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign country to correctly slot into a wall outlet in Chile.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Chile allows a visitor travelling from a different location to use their electronic and electrical appliances in Chile simply by altering the shape of the plug from one shape to another.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage in Chile?

No; a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Chilean power outlet and doesn't convert to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Chile.

Do I need a power adapter in Chile?

This will depend on the shape of plug you are using and the country you are travelling from.

Will I need a power adapter for Chile if I'm from America?

If you are travelling from the US then use a plug adapter for Chile as American plugs won't physically fit into a Chilean power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Chile to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Chile?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Chile?

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.

Chile power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Chile?

Type C and L power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Chile?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Chile, types L and C with the primary power supply being type L:

  • Plug Type C - This unearthed plug socket, also known as the type C socket or Europlug, can be identified by the two adjacent holes where the twin pins go.
  • Plug Type L - The flattened hexagon shaped power socket (technically called a type L power outlet) looks like 3 round holes in a line. Note that there are two different variations of Type L power socket rated at 10 amps and 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart whilst the 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick pins which are spaced 8mm apart.

What voltage is used in a Chilean power outlet?

The common residential voltage from a Chilean power outlet is 220 volts.

Do US plugs work in Chile?

No - an American plug won't work in Chile because it doesn't fit into a Chilean power outlet without using a plug adapter. The voltage is 220 volts therefore you will need to use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Chile?

To use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in a Chilean power outlet you need to use a step down power converter.

What frequency is used in a Chilean power outlet?

The frequency from a Chilean power outlet is 50Hz.

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

The voltage which comes from a Chilean power outlet is 220 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your US charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you should use a power converter for Chile which allows a 120 volt US appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

Is a plug socket in Chile the same as in the US?

An American plug won't fit in a Chilean power outlet therefore use a plug adapter for Chile. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage you need to use a power converter for Chile and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

Chile 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 Chile?

If you are travelling with more than one device and visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for Chile is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. There are two different types of wall outlets in Chile (L and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your model of device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Chilean trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for an adaptable power adapter like this online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Chile?

Why use a travel USB charger for Chile?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only needing to pack a single USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple individual power chargers along.
  • Travel USB power chargers include interchangeable plug heads for various power outlet types. This is suitable if visiting different countries across South America which will probably use different standards to Chile.
  • Good travel power chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to replace in Chile.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 220 volts used in Chile power outlets and different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Chile only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good travel charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Chile could prove inconvenient and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to allow you to use low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Chilean power outlet for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage devices in a Chilean power outlet.
  • Some tablets and mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices need additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Chile?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Chile and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Chile.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Chile.

Power converters for Chile

What is a power converter for Chile?

Power converters for Chile enable travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical device with a 220 volt Chilean power outlet.

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

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Chile, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [8] converts a 220 volt Chilean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Chile?

When travelling to Chile from a different region ensure that the device can be used with a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [9] is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance isn't compatible with 220 volts. Read the list of world power outlets guide to discover the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are already using either a 220 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Normally devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage (such as 120 volts) and then used in a 220 volt outlet run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [9] is used.
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you wish to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10].
  • It should be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to carry a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our comprehensive guides on travelling with curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hairdryers with Chilean power outlets , along with recommendations on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm visiting Chile from the US?

The 220 volts used in a plug outlet in Chile is different to a 110 volt US supply so you need to bring a step down power converter if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Chile?

You will need to use a step down power converter [9] to use any 100-120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Chilean power outlet.

What voltage is used in Chile?

Chile uses 220 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [9] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Chilean 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 Chile before plugging that into a Chilean 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 to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt Chilean power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a power 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.
What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if a device is dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the charger or on the device itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your appliance, it could also be written in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to a Chilean power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Chilean power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Chilean power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Chilean power outlet

Mobile phones that work with the Chilean power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with the Chilean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Chilean power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Chile, 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/Chile - Chilean country entry on wikipedia.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type L plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type L 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 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. 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets