Peru power adapters - what plugs are used in Peru?

Peruvian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Peru?

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Peru all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Peruvian power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device can use then read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If you're travelling to Peru from the US then we recommend bringing a power adapter for Peru as US Type A or Type B outlets might not commonly be used. Because the voltage is different in Peru use a power converter for Peru if your device isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Peruvian power outlet then it can work in Peru.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Peruvian power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Peru such a Type C plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Peru (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Peru, but but is unable to change the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Peru to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Peru if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type C plug adapter.
  • If you only want to bring your USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it will work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type C plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Peru.

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

Background

When planning a vacation to Peru it's useful to know in advance if you can power all your common gadgets when you arrive. But without knowing which power supply to expect you may end up either weighing your suitcases down with too many spare adaptors or pack the wrong charger, therefore having to borrow a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive. Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Peru. This page has links to instructions showing you exactly how to charge your devices when you're in Peru using their standard types C, A or B Peruvian 220 volt 60Hz plug outlets, you will find a majority of Peruvians will normally use Type C sockets in their plug outlets. Power adapters change from region to region so please read the travel power adapters page for a complete list of countries. We also recommend reading the Peru Wikipedia page [1] for further details prior to travelling to the area.

Peru power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Peru?

The best power adapter for Peru will be a Type C power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Peru?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that allow an electic socket in Peru to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [4].

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

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Peruvian power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device then you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter along with the correct type of power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter in Peru?

If the power plug you are using is different to the shape of the Peruvian power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for Peru if I'm visiting from America?

A US Type A or Type B power outlet might not readily be available in Peru so it is advisable to use a suitable plug adapter for Peru, however because the voltage is 220 volts you will definitely need to use a power converter for Peru to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or charger if it isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from another country to use electrical appliances in Peru simply by changing the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Peru?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Peru?

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.

Peru power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Peru?

Type A, B and C power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Peru?

There are three different types of power supply used in Peru, types C, A and B with the primary power outlets being type C socket:

  • Plug Type A - You can identify this power socket by the 2 slots next to each other.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify the plug socket by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the short twin blades sit with a single hole below for the long earthed pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 circular holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.

What voltage is used in a Peruvian power outlet?

The voltage from a Peruvian power outlet is 220 volts.

Do US plugs work in Peru?

No; because the voltage is different you need to use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage. We also suggest bringing all types of power adapters for Peru because US types A or B outlet might not readily be found.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Peru?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110 volt appliance in a Peruvian power outlet.

Is the voltage in Peru the same as the US?

The voltage in Peru is 220 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. If your US appliance or charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for a Peruvian power outlet which can change the voltage from 220 volts to 120 volts.

What is the frequency used in a Peruvian power outlet?

The frequency from a Peruvian power outlet is 60Hz.

Is a Peruvian power outlet the same as the US?

Even though US Type A or Type B power outlets could possibly be available in Peru it is recommended to use a suitable plug adapter for Peru. The frequency is the same as America however the voltage is different so use a power converter for Peru if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

Peru 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 Peru?

When you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Peru is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. There are three different types of plug sockets that Peruvians use (C, A and B) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your Peruvian trip. Because you are only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for recharging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Peru?

Why use a travel USB charger for Peru?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weightand size of your baggage by only bringing one USB wall charger rather than bringing several different USB power chargers.
  • Most travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting other countries across South America which are likely to use different standards to Peru.
  • Good USB travel chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair or replace in Peru.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 220 volt power outlets in Peru and other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that hotel bedrooms in Peru only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be scarce and demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Peru might prove difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB chargers also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, howeverthese will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the section on using travel appliances in Peru for useful advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Peruvian power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain mobile phones could require more than the standard 500 mA supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices need extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by charging multiple cell phones and tablets every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Peru?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Peru using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Peru.

Power converters for Peru

What is a power converter for Peru?

A power converter enables travellers to use their 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt Peruvian power outlet.

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

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [8] will transform the voltage of 220 volts from a Peruvian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Peru.

Do I need a power converter for Peru?

When you are travelling to Peru from another region please ensure your device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [9] if you are visiting Peru from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device is incompatible with 220 volts. See our WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which are designed to use a lower voltage such as 120 volts and then used in a 220 volt power outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10] to allow the appliance to be used with a 220 volt Peruvian power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to use a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a much heavier high wattage power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our guides on using clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers in Peru , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Peru if I'm from the US?

The 220 volts used in a wall outlet in Peru is different to a US supply so use a step down power converter [9] if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Peru?

If you want to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Peru you will need a step down power converter [9].

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 Peruvian 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 Peru before plugging that into a Peruvian 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 Peruvian power outlet.

What voltage is used in Peru?

Peru uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets.

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a 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.
How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

The method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power adapter or on the unit itself, typically on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord sits. The location will depend on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box.

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

What can I connect to a Peruvian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Peruvian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Peruvian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Peruvian power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Peruvian power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a Peruvian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Peruvian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Peru, 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/Peru - Peru entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C 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