Chile power adapters - what plugs are used in Chile?

Chilean power outlet

Summary

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 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 [2]. 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

Do I need a power adapter for Chile?

If the shape of the Chilean power outlet is different to the power plug you are using then you will need a power adapter. If you are travelling from the US then bring a plug adapter for Chile as US 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.

What is the best power adapter for Chile?

The best power adapter for Chile is a Type L power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Chile?

Chile power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Chile?

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

  • Plug Type C - The plug supply (technically called a Europlug) can be recognised by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type L - You can recognise this squashed hexagon shaped wall supply by the 3 large circular holes forming a line for live, neutral and earth. Note there are two types of Type L plug supply, one rated for 10 amps and one at 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm round pins spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm pins spaced 8mm apart.
What kind of outlets are in Chile?

What is the voltage in Chile?

The residential voltage used in Chile is 220 volts.

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 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 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 [5]. 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 [5] 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 the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter?

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [6] (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 [7] converts a 220 volt Chilean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance.

Do I need a voltage converter for Chile?

When travelling to Chile from another country make sure that the device can be used with a 220v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are visiting Chile from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

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

What voltage is my device?

Single 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 diffence) 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.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Chilean 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 Chilean power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Chilean power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that work with the Chilean power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with the Chilean 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 can connect to a Chilean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Chilean 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 Chilean 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/Chile - Chilean country entry on wikipedia.
  2. Type L plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type L 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/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451321648&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011%5Cc2888054011&rnid=2887998011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=A6EA2MIBWUPLQKJD - Step Down 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.