Peru power adapters - what plugs are used in Peru?

Peruvian power outlet

Summary

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 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 [2]. 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

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. US Type A or Type B power outlets might not commonly be found in Peru so it is advisable to bring a suitable power adapter for Peru, however as the voltage is much higher you will definitely need to bring a power converter for Peru if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

What is the best power adapter for Peru?

The best power adapter for Peru will be a Type C power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Peru?

Peru power outlets

What type of outlets are in Peru?

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

  • Plug Type A - This unearthed wall supply (also called the type A power outlet) can be recognised by the two thin adjacent slots.
  • Plug Type B - This power socket (called a type B power outlet) is recognised by the 2 slots where the twin plug socket blades go with a semicircular shaped hole below for the grounded pin.
  • Plug Type C - The power supply (technically called a type C socket or Europlug) is recognised by 2 adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into.
What type of outlets are in Peru?

What is the voltage in Peru?

The common voltage in Peru is 220 volts.

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] 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 [6] (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 visiting Peru from a different region please ensure that the device can be used with a 220v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Peru from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

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

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

Dual voltage hair dryer

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.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Peruvian 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 Peruvian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Peruvian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Peruvian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a Peruvian 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 Peruvian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Peruvian 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 Peruvian 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/Peru - Peru entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C 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.