Uruguay power adapters - what plugs are used in Uruguay?

Uruguayan power outlet

Summary

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 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 [2]. 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

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. 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 is the best power adapter for Uruguay?

The best power adapter for Uruguay is a Type F power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Uruguay?

Uruguay power outlets

What kind of outlets are 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 2 round adjacent holes where the twin pins slide into.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify this wall supply by two adjacent holes and grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  • Plug Type I - You can identify this power supply by 3 slots in an upside-down triangle shape with a single vertical pin at the base and the top pair of slots sloping upwards 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 kind of outlets are in Uruguay?

What is the voltage in Uruguay?

The standard residential voltage used in Uruguay is 230 volts.

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.

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 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 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 [5]. 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 [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 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 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 Uruguay, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] will convert the voltage of 230 volts from a Uruguayan power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance.

Do I need a voltage converter for Uruguay?

If travelling to Uruguay from another country please ensure the device can be charged using a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to prevent the device from being damaged during charging.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are visiting Uruguay 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 230 volts.

Read the WikiConnections list of 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 Uruguayan 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 Uruguayan power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Uruguayan power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to a Uruguayan power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can connect to a Uruguayan 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 Uruguayan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

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