Venezuela power adapters - what plugs are used in Venezuela?

Venezuelan power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Venezuela all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Venezuelan power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device can use then please 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 120 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Venezuelan power outlet then it can work in Venezuela.
  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Venezuelan power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Venezuela such a Type B plug adapter [2]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Venezuela (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Venezuela, but won't convert the voltage from 120 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 120 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Venezuela to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Venezuela if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to charge USB devices such as a mobile phone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring one which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Venezuela.

Warning: If your device won't handle 120 volts you run a risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in Venezuela check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Differing combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country, especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Venezuela. This page has links to useful instructions demonstrating exactly how to charge your devices when you're travelling to Venezuela using the standard types B or A 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. Power changes depending on which country you are visiting so please read the power adapters page for a full list of countries. We recommend reading the Venezuela Wikipedia page [1] for further details prior to travelling to the area.

Venezuela power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Venezuela?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in Venezuela. An American plug won't need a plug adapter because it already fits in a Venezuelan power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for Venezuela?

The best power adapter for Venezuela is a Type B power adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 120 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Venezuela?

Venezuela power outlets

What plug sockets do they use in Venezuela?

There are two types of power outlets used in Venezuela, types B and A with the primary power supply being type B:

  • Plug Type A - The wall supply (technically known as the type A power outlet) can be identified by the two thin adjacent slots.
  • 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 longer earth pin.
What plug sockets do they use in Venezuela?

What is the voltage in Venezuela?

The voltage in Venezuela is 120 volts.

What is the frequency used in a Venezuelan power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Venezuelan power outlet is 60Hz.

Is the voltage in Venezuela the same as the US?

The voltage from a Venezuelan power outlet is the same as in America.

Are outlets in Venezuela the same as US?

An American plug will fit into outlets in Venezuela, both the voltage range and frequency are the identical to the US.

Venezuela 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 Venezuela?

If you are travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for Venezuela is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two different types of plug sockets that Venezuelans use (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single international travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a versatile travel adapter similar to this online, the power charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Venezuela?

Why use a travel USB charger for Venezuela?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps cut down on the weightand size of your luggage by only needing to pack one USB wall charger instead of bringing numerous individual USB power chargers with you.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for various power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting different countries across South America which are likely to use different standards to Venezuela.
  • Good USB chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be impossible to replace in Venezuela.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 120 volts used in Venezuela power outlets along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some accommodation or hotel rooms in Venezuela might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airport departure gates can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Venezuela might prove difficult and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered devices such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our section on using travel appliances with a Venezuelan power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in a Venezuelan power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cell phones might require more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase some of your devices require additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple cellphones and tablets every day using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Venezuela?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Venezuela using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 the 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Venezuela.

Power converters for Venezuela

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in Venezuela, however a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] converts a 120 volt Venezuelan power outlet to work with a non-120 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Venezuela?

When travelling to Venezuela from another country please check that your device can be used with a 120 volt supply.

  • If your device charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Venezuela from a different region check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to ensure safe and proper use when powering devices.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Venezuela from a higher 230 volt location you will need to use a larger Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

Read the WikiConnections 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?

Single voltage hair straighteners 2

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

The way to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power adapter or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord plugs into. The location might depend on the make and model of your unit but could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say 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 large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Venezuelan 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 Venezuelan power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Venezuelan power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Venezuelan power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which work with the Venezuelan 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 can connect to a Venezuelan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Venezuelan 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 Venezuelan 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/Venezuela - Venezuela Wikipedia web page.
  2. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B 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/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451325551&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=HWUDRS5BKFQ75ACA - Step Up 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.