Argentina power adapters - what plugs are used in Argentina?

Argentinean power outlet

What adapter do I need for Argentina?

You'll need to pack a Type I plug adapter [3] for Argentina if the plug you intend to use doesn't fit into an Argentinean power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Argentina will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in an Argentinean power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device can use then read the section below on how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • If you are planning on travelling to Argentina from the US you will need to use a power adapter for Argentina to fit a US plug into an Argentinean power outlet. As the voltage is different in Argentina you also need to bring a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in an Argentinean power outlet then you can use it in Argentina.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in an Argentinean power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Argentina such a Type I plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Argentina (or power adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Argentina, but won't change the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Argentina to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Argentina if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type I plug adapter.
  • If you want to power your USB devices such as a tablet or a cellphone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you bring one which has a Type I plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Argentina.

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

Argentina power adapters

Power adapters for Argentina

If you are packing for a trip to Argentina it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your devices like cell phones or tablets when you arrive. But by not knowing which wall socket is used in Argentina you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you're there that might be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Varying complicated standards and plug types can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Argentina. This page contains links to useful instructions demonstrating how to supply power to your devices when travelling to Argentina using the types I or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note Type I plug outlets are normally used by most Argentineans. Most power will change regionally therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Argentina?

The best power adapter for Argentina will be a Type I power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Argentina?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and cheap plastic adapters that permit an Argentinean power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

Do I need a power adapter for Argentina?

It depends on which location you are travelling from and the type of plug you want to use.

Will I need a power adapter for Argentina if I'm visiting from America?

An American plug won't fit in an Argentinean power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Argentina, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Argentina to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter for an Argentinean power outlet do?

A power adapter for an Argentinean power outlet allows a visitor from another country to use their electrical appliances in Argentina by adapting the shape of the plug to fit the power socket.

Does a power adapter convert the voltage from an Argentinean power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Argentinean power outlet and doesn't convert to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance then you also need a more expensive step down power converter for Argentina.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Argentina?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Argentina?

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.

Argentina power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Argentina?

Type C and I power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Argentina?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Argentina, these are type I and C with the primary power outlets being type I:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this power outlet by the 2 round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type I - You can identify the power socket by the three slots for the live, neutral and earth.

Do US plugs work in Argentina?

No - a US plug won't work in Argentina because it can't fit into an Argentinean power outlet without the use of a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 220 volts therefore use a power converter for Argentina if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

What is the electrical frequency used in an Argentinean power outlet?

The frequency of the current from an Argentinean power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is an Argentinean power outlet the same as in the US?

A US plug won't fit in an Argentinean power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Argentina. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Argentina and ensure that it works with a 50hz power supply.

Is the voltage in Argentina the same as in the US?

The voltage in Argentina is 220 volts, whereas Americans use 120 volts. If your American power charger or appliance won't handle dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for an Argentinean power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Argentina?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V or 120V appliance in an Argentinean power outlet.

Argentina 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 Argentina?

If you are travelling with more than one device or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Argentina is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Argentineans use two different types of wall outlets (types I and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your device supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Argentina?

Why use a travel USB charger for Argentina?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the size of your luggage by only needing to bring a single USB wall charger instead of bringing several individual USB chargers along.
  • All travel USB chargers will include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is suitable if travelling to other countries across South America which will probably use different outlets to Argentina.
  • A good USB charger is lightweight, compact and rugged; ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing along a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Argentina.
  • USB chargers can accept the 220 volts used in Argentina power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel bedrooms in Argentina only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is perect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Argentina could prove difficult and expensive.
  • Premium USB chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to use low wattage devices such as laptops, but be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our guide on using travel appliances in Argentina for helpful advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with an Argentinean power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets might require more than the standard 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices require extra power.
  • Travel USB chargers can still be useful when returning home by recharging multiple cellphones every day using only one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Argentina?

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

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Argentina using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 Argentina.

Power converters for Argentina

What does a power converter for Argentina do?

A power converter for Argentina enables you to use a 100-120 volt electrical device with a 220 volt Argentinean 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 power adapter?

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] will convert a 220 volt Argentinean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Argentina.

Do I need a power converter for Argentina?

If you are visiting Argentina from another country ensure that your device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [8] is needed if you are visiting Argentina from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 220 volts. Read the WikiConnections world power outlets page to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already use either a 220 volt appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed for a lower voltage such as 120 volts and used in a 220 volt power outlet run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [8] is used.
  • You don't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a laptop as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair dryers or clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [9] to allow it to be used with a 220 volt Argentinean power outlet.
  • Buying a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than bringing a heavier high wattage power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance in Argentina.
  • For more information read our comprehensive guides on how to use curling irons, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers with an Argentinean power outlet which includes guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Argentina from the US?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Argentina is different to a 110 volt US outlet, therefore bring a step down power converter if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Argentina?

If you wish to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Argentina you need to use a step down power converter [8].

What is the difference between a power transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power 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 to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [8] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 220 volt Argentinean 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 Argentina before plugging that into an Argentinean 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 an 220 volt Argentinean power outlet.

What voltage does Argentina use?

Argentina uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets.

How to tell the voltage of my device

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How to tell the voltage of my device

A simple method to tell if a device is dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to an Argentinean power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to an Argentinean power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Argentinean power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Argentinean power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to an Argentinean power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to the Argentinean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Argentinean power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Argentinean power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Argentinean power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Argentina, 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 [10].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentina - Wikipedia entry about Argentina.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type I plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type I 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. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets