Colombia power adapters - what plugs are used in Colombia?

Colombian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Colombia?

You need to pack a Type B plug adapter [3] for Colombia if your plug doesn't fit in a Colombian power outlet.

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 charge in a Colombian power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • If you are travelling to Colombia from America then you won't need a plug adapter or power converter. One recommendation however is to bring along a USB travel power adapter as it allows you to recharge more than one device by only packing one charger.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Colombian power outlet then it can work in Colombia without needing anything else.
  • 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 [3]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Colombia (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Colombia, but doesn'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 pack a suitable plug adapter for Colombia.

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

Colombia power adapters

Power adapters for Colombia

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.

What is the best power adapter for Colombia?

The best power adapter for Colombia is a Type B power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 110 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Colombia?

What is a power adapter for a Colombian 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 Colombian power outlet.

What does a power adapter for Colombia do?

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

Do I need a plug adapter for Colombia?

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

Do I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Colombia from America?

An American plug won't need an adapter as it already fits in a Colombian power outlet.

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

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt Colombian 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 Colombia.

Colombia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Colombia?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used 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 power outlet (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.

Do US plugs work in Colombia?

Yes, an American plug will work in a Colombian power outlet without an adapter or power converter.

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.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Colombia?

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

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 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 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 [6]. 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 [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 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 replace 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 accommodation or hotel bedrooms in Colombia 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 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, 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 Colombian power outlet for useful advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Colombian 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 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 does a power converter for a Colombian power outlet do?

Power converters enable travellers to use their 220-240 volt electric device with a 110 volt Colombian 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 heavy and expensive power converter [7] will convert the voltage of 110 volts from a Colombian power outlet to work with a non-110 volt device, however a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in Colombia.

Do I need a power converter for Colombia?

When you are visiting Colombia from a different country check your device will accept a 110 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [8] if you are travelling to Colombia from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 110 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 110 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 110 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 Colombia from a different region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt Colombian power outlet or you will need to bring a step up power converter [8].
  • 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 [9] to allow the appliance to be used with a 110 volt Colombian 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 Colombia 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 Colombian power outlets which includes recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

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

What kind of converter do I need for Colombia?

You will need to use a step up power converter [8] in order to use any 220-240 volt appliance in Colombia.

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 used in Colombia?

Colombia uses 110 volts in their standard power outlets.

How to convert 110 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [8] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 110 volt Colombian 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 Colombia before plugging that into a Colombian 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 110 volt Colombian power outlet.
What voltage is my appliance?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

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 Colombian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Colombian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Colombian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Colombian power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to a Colombian power outlet

Apple iPhones that can connect to a Colombian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Colombian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Colombia, 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/Colombia - Wikipedia entry about Colombia.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B 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. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets