Colombia power adapters - what plugs are used in Colombia?

Colombian power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Colombia all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Colombian 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.

  • If your device can run on 110 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Colombian power outlet then you can use it in Colombia without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Colombian power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Colombia such a Type B plug adapter [2]. Be aware that a plug adapter for Colombia (or power adapter) only changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Colombia, but won't convert the voltage from 110 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 110 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Colombia to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Colombia if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you choose to bring one which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Colombia.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 110 volts used in Colombia 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 Colombia please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Various standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning to visit a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Colombia. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions demonstrating exactly how to charge your devices when going to Colombia by using the standard types B or A Colombian 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll find that most power adapters will vary regionally so please read the WikiConnections world power adapters page for a full list showing regions and countries. We also recommend reading the Colombia Wikipedia page [1] for more information on visiting the area.

Colombia power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for Colombia?

This depends on the type of plug you are attempting to use. A US plug does not require a plug adapter because it can already fit into a Colombian power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for Colombia?

The best power adapter for Colombia is a Type B power adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 110 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Colombia?

Colombia power outlets

What type of outlets are in Colombia?

There are two types of power outlets used in Colombia, types B and A with the primary power outlets being type B:

  • Plug Type A - This unearthed power supply (also called the type A power outlet) can be identified by two thin slots adjacent to each other where the twin plug socket pins slide into.
  • Plug Type B - The plug socket, technically known as a type B power outlet, is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.
What type of outlets are in Colombia?

What is the voltage in Colombia?

The standard residential voltage used in Colombia is 110 volts.

What electrical frequency is used with a Colombian power outlet?

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

Is a Colombian power outlet the same as the US?

An American plug will fit into a Colombian power outlet, the frequency and voltage range are both the identical to the US.

Is the voltage in Colombia the same as the US?

The voltage from a Colombian power outlet is 110 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.

Colombia 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 Colombia?

When you are travelling with more than just one device or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Colombia 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 power outlets in Colombia (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included plugs. If your device supports 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 bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis 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 Colombia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Colombia?

  • 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 Colombia.
  • 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 Colombia.
  • USB chargers will accept the 110 volt power outlets in Colombia and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that hotel rooms in Colombia 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 Colombia 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 Colombian power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Colombian 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 Colombia?

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 Colombia 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 Colombia.
  • 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 Colombia.

Power converters for Colombia

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 Colombia, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] will convert the voltage of 110 volts from a Colombian power outlet to work with a non-110 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Colombia?

When you are visiting Colombia from a different country check your device can be used with a 110v supply.

  • If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Colombia from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 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 (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 Colombia 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 110 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 Colombian 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 Colombian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Colombian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to a Colombian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can connect to a Colombian 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 Colombian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

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