Uruguay power adapters - what plugs are used in Uruguay?

Uruguayan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Uruguay?

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Uruguay all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge in a Uruguayan power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device uses then read the section on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • If you're travelling to Uruguay from America then you will need to use a suitable plug adapter for Uruguay to fit a US plug in a Uruguayan power outlet. As the voltage is different in Uruguay bring a power converter for Uruguay if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Uruguayan power outlet then it should work in Uruguay without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Uruguayan power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Uruguay such a Type F plug adapter [3]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Uruguay (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Uruguay, but won't convert the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Uruguay to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Uruguay if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type F 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 F plug adapter otherwise you will also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Uruguay.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 230 volts used in Uruguay you run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your device in Uruguay please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

When planning a trip to Uruguay it's helpful to know if you'll be able to use all your important devices when you reach your destination. By not knowing which power supply is being used you may bring the wrong charger, meaning needing to borrow a potentially overpriced power adaptor on arrival which could be incompatible. Various standards and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Uruguay. This page has links to instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're visiting Uruguay using their F, C, I or L type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type F plug outlets are normally used by most Uruguayans. Most power adapters differ from region to region so please read the WikiConnections world power adapters page for a full list showing regions and countries. We also recommend reading the Uruguay Wikipedia page [1] for more information on visiting the area.

Uruguay power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Uruguay?

The best power adapter for Uruguay is a Type F power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Uruguay?

What is a power adapter for Uruguayan 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 Uruguayan power outlet.

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Uruguay?

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Uruguayan power outlet and is unable to convert to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance you also need a step down power converter.

Do I need a plug adapter for Uruguay?

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

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

If you are travelling from America use a power adapter for Uruguay as American plugs won't fit into a Uruguayan power outlet, and as the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Uruguay to prevent damage or overheating to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter for Uruguay do?

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

Where can I buy a power adapter for Uruguay?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Uruguay?

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.

Uruguay power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Uruguay?

There are four different types of power supply used in Uruguay, these are type F, C, I and L with the primary power supply being type F:

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket (technically known as the type C socket) is recognised by the two round adjacent holes where the twin pins slide into.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify this wall outlet by two adjacent holes and grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  • Plug Type I - You can identify this power outlet by 3 slots in an upside-down triangle shape with the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth blades.
  • Plug Type L - The squashed hexagon shaped power socket, technically known as a type L power outlet, can be recognised by the three large round adjecent holes forming a line for live, neutral and earth pins. Note that there are two different types of Type L plug socket, one rated at 10 amps and one at 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm thick round pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick round pins that are spaced 8mm apart.
What plug sockets are used in Uruguay?

What is the voltage from a Uruguayan power outlet?

The standard residential voltage used from a Uruguayan power outlet is 230 volts.

Do US plugs work in Uruguay?

No; a US plug won't work in Uruguay because it doesn't fit in a Uruguayan power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is different therefore please use a power converter for Uruguay if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device will work with a 50hz power outlet.

Is the voltage in Uruguay the same as the US?

The voltage from a Uruguayan power outlet is 230 volts, whereas Americans use 120 volts. If your US charger or appliance isn't dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for a Uruguayan power outlet which can change the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Uruguay?

Use a step down power converter if you need to use a 110 volt appliance in a Uruguayan power outlet.

Is a Uruguayan power outlet the same as the US?

US plugs won't fit in a Uruguayan power outlet so use a power adapter for Uruguay. 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 Uruguay and check that it works with a 50hz power outlet.

What electrical frequency is used with a Uruguayan power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current found in a Uruguayan power outlet is 50Hz.

Uruguay 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 Uruguay?

When you are travelling with more than just one device or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Uruguay to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. There are four different standards of wall outlets in Uruguay (types F, C, I and L) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included plugs. If your device is compatible with 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 size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on the flight. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently 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 Uruguay?

Why use a travel USB charger for Uruguay?

  • 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 Uruguay.
  • 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 Uruguay.
  • USB chargers will accept the 230 volt power outlets in Uruguay and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that hotel rooms in Uruguay 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 Uruguay 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 Uruguayan power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Uruguayan 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 Uruguay?

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 Uruguay 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 Uruguay.
  • 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 Uruguay.

Power converters for Uruguay

What does a power converter for a Uruguayan power outlet do?

Power converters enable travellers to use their 100-120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Uruguayan 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 small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Uruguay, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [8] will convert the voltage of 230 volts from a Uruguayan power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Uruguay?

When you are visiting Uruguay from a different country double check your device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [9] is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device isn't compatible with 230 volts. See the world power outlets guide to find out which voltage is used in your country.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt single voltage appliance or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally devices which are designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used with 230 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device unless you use a step down power converter [9].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone 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 [10] to allow the appliance to be used with a 230 volt Uruguayan 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 Uruguay in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers with a Uruguayan power outlet , along with guides on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm visiting Uruguay from America?

The 230 volts used in a electric outlet in Uruguay is different to an American outlet so you need to use a step down power converter if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Uruguay?

You will need to buy a step down power converter [9] which allows you to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Uruguay.

How to convert 230 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 230 volt Uruguayan 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 Uruguay before plugging that into a Uruguayan 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 230 volt Uruguayan power outlet.

What voltage is used in Uruguay?

Uruguay uses 230 volts in their standard power outlets.

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 my appliance?

Single voltage hair straightener label

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 Uruguayan power outlet?

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Mobile phones that can connect to a Uruguayan power outlet

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

Corrections

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