Ecuador power adapters - what plugs are used in Ecuador?

Ecuadorian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Ecuador all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with an Ecuadorian power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device can use then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in an Ecuadorian power outlet then it will work in Ecuador.
  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in an Ecuadorian power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Ecuador such a Type B plug adapter [2]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Ecuador (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Ecuador, but won't change the voltage from 120 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't use 120 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Ecuador to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Ecuador if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power one or more USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but ensure that you bring one which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Ecuador.

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

Background

Varying different voltages and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Ecuador. This page has links to simple instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're in Ecuador using the B or A type Ecuadorian 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. Most power adapters will vary from region to region so please read the WikiConnections world power adapters guide for a complete list of charging devices in different destinations. We recommend reading the Ecuador Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information on the area.

Ecuador power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Ecuador?

If the shape of the Ecuadorian power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter. A US plug does not need a power adapter because it will already fit in an Ecuadorian power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for Ecuador?

The best power adapter for Ecuador will be a Type B power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 120 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Ecuador?

Ecuador power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Ecuador?

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

  • Plug Type A - The power supply, technically known as a type A power outlet, can be recognised by the 2 thin adjacent slots where the live and neutral blades go.
  • Plug Type B - The power supply, technically called a type B power outlet, can be recognised by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the twin plug socket blades sit with a hole below for the grounded pin.
What kind of outlets are in Ecuador?

What voltage is used in Ecuador?

The common residential voltage in Ecuador is 120 volts.

What frequency is used in Ecuador?

The frequency found in an Ecuadorian power outlet is 60Hz.

Is a plug socket in Ecuador the same as the US?

A US plug will fit into outlets in Ecuador, both the frequency and voltage range are the identical to America.

Is the voltage in Ecuador the same as the US?

The voltage in Ecuador is exactly the same as in America.

Ecuador 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 Ecuador?

If travelling with more than just one device and visiting more than one country the best travel power adapter for Ecuador is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two different types of wall outlets in Ecuador (B and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters and additional support for certain power hungry devices. Having a four port adapter will also allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers on your Ecuadorian trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers with just a single plug socket.

If you travel to Ecuador we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

What USB charger do I need for Ecuador?

Why use a travel USB charger for Ecuador?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. It cuts down on the weightand size of your luggage by only bringing a single USB wall charger rather than bringing several different chargers along.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various power outlet types. This is suitable if visiting multiple countries across South America which will probably use a different outlet to Ecuador.
  • Good USB travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which might be hard to repair or replace in Ecuador.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 120 volt power outlets in Ecuador plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that accommodation or hotel bedrooms in Ecuador might only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single power supply with all your devices instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Due to their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure gates can be scarce and demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Ecuador could prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Higher priced USB chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to allow you to use low wattage devices such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information see the guide on using travel appliances in Ecuador for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for an Ecuadorian power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Certain mobile phones might require more than the usual 500 milliamps supplied by a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB chargers can also be used by charging multiple mobile phones overnight using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Ecuador?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Ecuador and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Ecuador.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 Ecuador.

Power converters for Ecuador

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] converts the voltage of 120 volts from an Ecuadorian power outlet to work with a non-120 volt device, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Ecuador.

Do I need a voltage converter for Ecuador?

If you are visiting Ecuador from another region please check the device can be charged using a 120v supply.

  • If your device doesn't power up or recharges slowly when travelling to Ecuador from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check your 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 ensure safe and proper use when powering devices.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are visiting Ecuador from a higher 230 volt location you will need to use a much larger Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

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

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if a device is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the appliance itself, normally on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location might vary depending on the make and model of your device but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to an Ecuadorian 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 Ecuadorian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Ecuadorian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to an Ecuadorian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Ecuadorian 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 an Ecuadorian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Ecuadorian 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 Ecuadorian 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/Ecuador - Ecuadorian 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.