Argentina power adapters - what plugs are used in Argentina?

Argentinean power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Argentina all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power 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 your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in an Argentinean power outlet then you can use it in Argentina without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in an Argentinean power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Argentina such a Type I plug adapter [2]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Argentina (or power adapter) will only change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Argentina, but doesn'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 pack a suitable plug adapter for Argentina if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type I plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to bring 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 pack a suitable plug adapter for Argentina.

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

Background

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. We also suggest reading the Argentina Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information prior to travelling to the location.

Argentina power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Argentina?

If the power plug you want to use isn't the same as the shape of the power outlet in Argentina then you will need a power adapter. 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 is the best power adapter for Argentina?

The best power adapter for Argentina will be a Type I power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Argentina?

Argentina power outlets

What type of power outlets are 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 - This ungrounded plug supply, technically called the type C socket or Europlug, can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type I - You can recognise this power supply by the three slots for the live, neutral and earth.
What type of power outlets are in Argentina?

What voltage is used in Argentina?

The standard voltage used in Argentina is 220 volts.

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.

Argentina 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 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 [5]. 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 [5] 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?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB power chargers should include swappable plug heads for different power outlets thereby making them ideal when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use a different standard to Argentina.
  • A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair in Argentina.
  • USB travel chargers will accept both the 220 volt power outlets in Argentina along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms or accommodation 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 all your devices rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Due to their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets in airport departure lounges can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Argentina might prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers also include power outlet strips to allow you to power multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but note these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to the section on using travel appliances with an Argentinean power outlet for guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for a high powered appliances with an Argentinean power outlet.
  • Some cellphones and tablets might require more than the normal 500 milliamps produced from a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones overnight using only a single 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 is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter?

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Argentina, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] will convert a 220 volt Argentinean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance.

Do I need a voltage converter for Argentina?

When travelling to Argentina from a different country please double check the device can be used with a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Argentina from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

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

How to tell the voltage of my device

Single voltage hair dryer

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 diffence) 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.

Travel appliances that can connect to an Argentinean 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 an Argentinean power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Argentinean power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to an Argentinean power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to the Argentinean 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 an Argentinean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Argentinean 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 an Argentinean 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/Argentina - Wikipedia entry about Argentina.
  2. Type I plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type I 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.