Ecuador power adapters - what plugs are used in Ecuador?

Ecuadorian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Ecuador?

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 you are planning on travelling to Ecuador from America then you will not need a power adapter or power converter. One recommendation however is to use a USB travel power adapter as it allows you to power more than one device with only one power charger.
  • 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 [3]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Ecuador?

The best power adapter for Ecuador will be a Type B power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 120 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Ecuador?

What is a power adapter for Ecuadorian power outlet?

A power adapter for Ecuador is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that allows a different shaped power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly slot into an electrical outlet in Ecuador.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [4].

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.

Will I need a plug adapter for Ecuador if I'm from the US?

An American plug does not require an adapter because it can fit into an Ecuadorian power outlet.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter allows a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances and devices in Ecuador simply by altering the shape of the power plug to fit the wall outlet.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from an Ecuadorian power outlet?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 120 volt Ecuadorian power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use a 220, 230 or 240 volt device you also need to bring a step up power converter for Ecuador.

Ecuador power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Ecuador?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Ecuador?

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

  • Plug Type A - This unearthed plug outlet, also known as a type A power outlet, is identified by the two adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type B - This plug outlet, also known as a type B power outlet, can be identified by the two slots parallel to each other with a single semicircular hole below for the long ground pin.

What is the voltage from an Ecuadorian power outlet?

The residential voltage used from an Ecuadorian power outlet is 120 volts.

Do US plugs work in Ecuador?

Yes, a US plug will work with an Ecuadorian power outlet so doesn't need a power converter or power adapter.

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.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Ecuador?

Use a step up power converter if you need to bring either a 220, 230 or 240V appliance to Ecuador.

Is the voltage in Ecuador the same as the US?

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

Ecuador 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 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 [6]. 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 [6] 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 a power converter for Ecuador?

A power converter for Ecuador enables travellers to use a 220-240 volt electrical device with a 120 volt Ecuadorian power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [8] 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 [7] (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 power converter for Ecuador?

If travelling to Ecuador from a different country please ensure that your device can accept a 120 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [9] if you are travelling from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance isn't compatible with 120 volts. Read the list of world power outlets guide to discover the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are already using either a 120 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts and then used with 120 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up. If your device charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Ecuador from a different region then check that it can be used with a 120 volt power supply or you will need a step up power converter [9].
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you need to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10].
  • Investing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance might be more cost effective and practical than bringing a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in Ecuador.
  • For more information read these travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hairdryers and hair straighteners in Ecuador , along with guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for Ecuador if I'm from America?

You won't need to bring a power converter as the voltage from an Ecuadorian power outlet is in the same 100-120 volt range as America.

What converter do I need for Ecuador?

You need to use a step up power converter [9] which allows you to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Ecuador.

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

Voltage converter

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

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 120 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [9] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with an 120 volt Ecuadorian 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 Ecuador before plugging that into an Ecuadorian 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 from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with an 120 volt Ecuadorian power outlet.

What voltage does Ecuador use?

Ecuador uses 120 volts in their normal power outlets.

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

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.

What can I connect to an Ecuadorian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to an Ecuadorian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Ecuadorian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Ecuadorian power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to an Ecuadorian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Ecuadorian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with an Ecuadorian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Ecuadorian power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Ecuador, 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 [12].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuador - Ecuadorian Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B 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. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets