Puerto Rico power adapters - what plugs are used in Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rican power outlet

What adapter do I need for Puerto Rico?

You will need to bring a Type B plug adapter to Puerto Rico if your plug won't fit in a Puerto Rican power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Puerto Rico will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Puerto Rican power outlet. If you're not sure what voltage your device uses then please read the section about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If you're planning on travelling to Puerto Rico from the US all US appliances and devices should charge without a power converter or an adapter. One suggestion however is to bring a USB travel power adapter as it will allow you to charge more than one device using only one power charger.
  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Puerto Rican power outlet then it will work in Puerto Rico without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Puerto Rican power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Puerto Rico such a Type B plug adapter. A plug adapter for Puerto Rico (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Puerto Rico, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 120 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 120 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Puerto Rico to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Puerto Rico if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to bring one or more USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it will work with any voltage, but ensure that you choose a USB travel adapter which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Puerto Rico[3]
  • Excessive use of a phone during a vacation can put an extra drain on the battery, we suggest packing a portable charger if you need to recharge your cellphone whilst travelling to an unfamiliar location.

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

Puerto Rico power adapters

Power adapters for Puerto Rico

If planning a vacation it's useful to know if you can use any common electronics when you arrive. By not knowing which power socket to expect you could pack the wrong power charger, leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor when you're there. Complicated combinations of standards and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Puerto Rico. This page has links to step-by-step instructions which shows exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're visiting Puerto Rico by using their standard B or A type Puerto Rican 120 volt 60Hz power outlets, a majority of Puerto Ricans will use the Type B plug outlets. When travelling you'll discover that power adapters will vary regionally therefore please read the Wiki Connections global power adapters list where you'll find a full list of charging devices in different regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Puerto Rico?

The best power adapter for Puerto Rico is a Type B plug adapter which is suitable for powering any 120 volt device or appliance. [3]

What is the best power adapter for Puerto Rico?
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What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and cheap plastic adapters that allow a Puerto Rican power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country. [5]

Do I need a power adapter for Puerto Rico?

If the shape of the wall outlet in Puerto Rico isn't the same as the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

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What does a power adapter for a Puerto Rican power outlet do?

A power adapter for a Puerto Rican power outlet allows a visitor from another country to use their own electrical appliances in Puerto Rico by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Will a power adapter change the voltage in Puerto Rico?

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 120 volt Puerto Rican power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any 220, 230 or 240 volt device you will also need a more expensive step up power converter for Puerto Rico.

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Where to buy a power adapter for Puerto Rico

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Puerto Rico

Power adapters are most likely be available in 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.

It will be 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 but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Where to buy a power adapter in Puerto Rico

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Puerto Rico

On arrival power adapters could 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.

Electrical adapters for Puerto Rico

Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is capable of charging more than one appliance at once using just a single Puerto Rican power outlet, costs under $40 USD (under £40 GBP / under C$40).
  • Certain models will convert voltage for low wattage devices. So therefore if the device isn't dual voltage it can still function in Puerto Rico when using a travel power strip. This makes them a lightweight cheap substitute for a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Most models should feature multiple USB charging ports.
  • Voltage from power grids in certain countries might fluctuate, a sudden surge in power could damage delicate electrical items. There are some models that have a surge protector, this will protect your device from being overloaded by unstable power grids.
  • A power strip will potentially be of use domestically.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Puerto Rico.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The power converter on a travel power strip doesn't support high wattage appliances such as curling irons and hair straighteners.
  • Due to the size of a travel power strip it might not be suitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips could be excessive if you only bring a small number of devices and appliances to power. [6]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A travel USB wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect when you only have to charge USB devices, for example iPads, cell phones and Kindles.
  • Instead of bringing lots of domestic power chargers travellers only need to bring a single charger which costs roughly under $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  • Supplied with swappable heads meaning they can be used in a large number of different locations. The interchangeable adapter heads are usually small and lightweight which makes them easy to fit into hand luggage.
  • Offers a built in surge protector.
  • When you get back home it should still be useful.
  • The interchangeable heads fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work in Puerto Rico.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB outputs so you won't be able to charge any appliances, just USB devices. [7]
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type B plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Compact and lightweight.
  • Cheapest option, prices under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10).
  • Simple to operate.
  • Using a Type B plug adapter will work in Puerto Rico.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • One adapter for each appliance - for every device or appliance you'll also need to use a separate plug adapter.
  • This only alters the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type B Puerto Rican power outlet but doesn't alter the voltage used in Puerto Rico. If your appliance doesn't support a 120 volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need to bring a separate voltage converter.
  • Accomodation in Puerto Rico might only have a single wall outlet available, so you will only be able to charge a single device at once.
  • You'll also need to pack your separate domestic USB charger if you wish to charge any USB device.
  • Should you plan on travelling to more than one country you might need to pack multiple power adapter types for other countries. [3]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Universal adapters work in over 150 countries

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Useful for travelling to multiple countries. Typical universal travel adapters function in over 150 different countries.
  • All in one design. Both lightweight and small for between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  • Some models will include multiple USB charging ports built in.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • There are some models that have a surge protector, this will protect your device from being overloaded by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The pins retract so don't catch against other items in your baggage.
  • When you return home it could still be functional as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit in a Puerto Rican power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Cannot be used with any high power electrical appliances such as hair straighteners, clothes irons, vacuum cleaners, kettles or hair dryers.
  • Pins, shutters and internal moving parts could be fragile on some models making them likely to fail when travelling.
  • Can only provide power to a single appliance.
  • Not completely universal; adapters might not cover certain countries with less common power outlet types.
  • They lack a built in power converter meaning they're not suitable for electrical devices which don't support 120 volts. [8]
Plug Adapter Sets

A power plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25) a set will typically work out more economical than buying individual power plug adapters costing almost $10 USD (almost £10 GBP / almost C$10) each.
  • Ensures you are covered for all eventualities and not just a Puerto Rican power outlet.
  • Perfect for anyone travelling to multiple countries.
  • Each set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so should be suitable with a Puerto Rican power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible - prior to any trip you will need to choose which plug adapters to bring in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring every power adapter type along.
  • Means lots of individual items to pack.
  • Having only a single compatible power adapter working in Puerto Rico the remaining plug adapters will be useless.
  • Not every plug adapter types are typically included (and especially rarer adapters) - so ensure that your set has one which works with a Puerto Rican power outlet.
  • Each adapter only modifies the shape of the plug to allow it to fit in a Puerto Rican power outlet but not the actual voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters have surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A power converter only changes the 120 volts in Puerto Rico and not the actual shape of the plug to fit into a Puerto Rican power outlet, so you will still need to use the right type of power adapter for Puerto Rico.
  • Costly, between $110 to $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  • The typical weight of most models makes them too heavy for carrying in hand baggage.
  • An expensive power converter isn't useful after your trip to Puerto Rico.
  • Usually better value and more practical to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy an expensive voltage converter simply to power your existing domestic appliance abroad.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Puerto Rico

Type B Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Puerto Rico Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included B A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 45+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type B Puerto Rican power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Useful when you return home Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 120 volt AC appliance in Puerto Rico Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20) between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$35-C$40) between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / over C$60)
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Puerto Rico power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Puerto Rico?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Puerto Rico?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can identify the power socket by two slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades.
  • Plug Type B - This plug outlet, technically called a type B power outlet, can be recognised by 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the slightly long grounded pin. [3]
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What is the electrical frequency used in Puerto Rico?

The frequency used in a Puerto Rican power outlet is 60Hz. [11]

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Puerto Rico?

A step up power converter will allow you to use a 220 volt appliance in Puerto Rico.

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Is an electric power outlet for the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for Puerto Rico?

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Is an electric power outlet for the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for Puerto Rico?

Different countries throughout The Caribbean use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, a plug that can be used in Puerto Rico might not work or fit in an electric outlet on another island. If you intend on visiting more than one island in The Caribbean you can either use a multiple power adapter travel set containing all types of power adapters, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter as both these options ensure you're covered for most different power outlet types that you may encounter in each country.

Because each island in The Caribbean uses different standards of voltages and power outlet types you might find a plug which is used in Puerto Rico might not operate with an electrical outlet on another island. When preparing to travel check these pages for more guides on what you can expect for every island in the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Tobago, Trinidad and US Virgin Islands.   [12] [12] [13]

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How reliable is electrical power in Puerto Rico?

Whilst consistent electrical power can't be guaranteed, electricity in Puerto Rico is reliable and there is no history of frequent power blackouts in comparison to other countries.

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Is there good access to electricity in Puerto Rico?

The entire population of Puerto Rico has access to electricity.

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Do I need a portable charger for Puerto Rico?

USB portable charger

Do I need a portable charger for Puerto Rico?

Even though power cuts aren't regular and electricity is available throughout the country, visitors should still bring a portable charger to recharge mobiles.

  • During a trip increased reliance on mobile phones for taking pictures, storing itineraries, social network sharing, sat nav and playing games will syphon off power before the end of the day. A flat cell phone battery can potentially leave you stranded without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use a satellite navigation app to find your way back to accommodation.
  • Using a portable charger lowers that risk as it means you can keep your mobile phone fully powered on the move.
  • We recommend using at least a 10,000mAh power bank which can supply enough electricity to power around three full charges while a 20,000mAh power bank should keep an average mobile phone charged for almost seven days depending on the usage and model of the phone. A mAh value shows the capacity of the battery and gives an indication of how many charge cycles the power bank is capable of.
  • As long as your laptop has a USB-C charging port then a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge the laptop in Puerto Rico.
  • Be aware that some airlines won't allow you take power banks on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Consumer power banks aren't strong enough for use with high powered items, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are designed for travelling.    [4] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18]
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Does a solar powered charger work in Puerto Rico?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Does a solar powered charger work in Puerto Rico?

The sunlight in Puerto Rico should be suitable enough to charge solar power bank dependably, but will need to be left in strong sunlight to provide enough energy for a single charge. It might prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank and wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the much larger durable cells found on a solar backpack will give the bag the ability to generate more electricity within a faster period of time and should generate some charge during overcast weather, meaning they should perform well in Puerto Rico.
  • A device that is plugged directly into the USB port of a solar backpack should trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Puerto Rico, but this might be inconvenient to have it continually connected in the bag should it be used constantly. A regular power bank plugged into a solar backpack can be constantly powered up during sunlight, afterwards the phone can be powered up from the power bank without daylight.
  • Even though the climate in Puerto Rico is suitable for solar, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate at least 6 watts of power and includes a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater. The durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags have been designed to endure bending and scratching, unlike normal rigid solar panels. Solar bags are found in laptop messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them ideal for work, domestic and travel use.  [4] [19] [20]
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Puerto Rico 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 Puerto Rico?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than one device then the best travel charger for Puerto Rico to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Puerto Ricans use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of device is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Puerto Rican trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for recharging your devices at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel often we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably. [7]

What USB charger do I need for Puerto Rico?
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Why use a travel USB charger for Puerto Rico?

  • 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 North America which will probably use different outlets to Puerto Rico.
  • 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 Puerto Rico.
  • USB chargers can accept the 120 volts used in Puerto Rico power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel bedrooms in Puerto Rico 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 Puerto Rico 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 Puerto Rico for helpful advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Puerto Rican 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. [7]

What is the best USB charger for Puerto Rico?

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 Puerto Rico 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 Puerto Rico.

Power converters for Puerto Rico

What does a power converter for Puerto Rico do?

Power converters allow travellers to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt electrical device with a 120 volt Puerto Rican 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 will convert a 120 volt Puerto Rican power outlet to work with a non-120 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 Puerto Rico. [21]

Do I need a power converter for Puerto Rico?

If you are travelling to Puerto Rico from a different region please check that the device can accept a 120 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter if you are visiting Puerto Rico from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 120 volts. Read the WikiConnections world power outlets page to discover the voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage appliance that works with 120 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 230 volts and used in a 120 volt power outlet may take longer to charge or won't power up. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Puerto Rico from a different country then check that it can be used with a 120 volt Puerto Rican power outlet otherwise you will need a step up power converter.
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a laptop as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, however please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as clothes irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter.
  • It could be more cost effective to use a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to carry a much heavier power converter to Puerto Rico just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read these travel guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, flat irons and blow dryers in Puerto Rican power outlets which includes guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [22]
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What converter do I need for Puerto Rico?

If you wish to use any 220-240 volt appliance in Puerto Rico you need to use a step up power converter[10]

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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 120 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 120 volt Puerto Rican 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 Puerto Rico before plugging that into a Puerto Rican 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 a 120 volt Puerto Rican power outlet. [10]

What voltage does Puerto Rico use?

Puerto Rico uses 120 volts in their power outlets. [2]

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http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
How to tell the voltage of my device

Single voltage hair dryer

How to tell the voltage of my device

The easiest way to see if your appliance is either dual or single voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the power adapter, or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance but should also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could say a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might 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 say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Travel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets and number of USB powers were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for Puerto Rico?

Which type of adapter will you need to bring to Puerto Rico?

The power converter or plug adapter that is suitable for Puerto Rico depends on your requirements, so prior choosing which adapter to use we suggest using the following checklist:

How many devices will you be packing for Puerto Rico?

How many devices are you taking

How many devices will you be packing for Puerto Rico?

  • List how many devices and applicances you intended on bringing to Puerto Rico (such as laptops, cell phones, tablets, eReaders, curling irons and hair straighteners).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more devices at a later date. Do you intend on purchasing a new laptop computer next year?
    • There are a growing number of smaller rechargeable devices such as electric shavers that utilise USB for their power charging source. The if you buy a new device it might need a USB adapter so please check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these additional items as well.
  • Are you also bringing a partner to Puerto Rico that might need to recharge their devices as well?
What different types of electrical devices do you need to charge?

Will you need to power appliances

What different types of electrical devices do you need to charge?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electrical items which plug into a power outlet - for example cameras or laptops.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons or hair dryers.
    • USB powered devices which charge using a USB port - for example mobile phones.
  • Should you only intend to bring along just USB powered devices then a simple travel USB charger is perfect as you will only need to pack that single lightweight charger along with your existing charging cables rather than having to pack a collection of domestic chargers.
  • Travel power strips are ideal for providing power and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices of any voltage (such as a laptop), but unsuitable for high wattage appliances which require voltage conversion.
Are you only charging USB devices in Puerto Rico?

Will you only need USB devices

Are you only charging USB devices in Puerto Rico?

Do your devices only work with 120 volt power outlets?

Is Puerto Rico the only place you'll be visiting?

  • Simple plug adapters will only typically operate in the one country which they are designed for, therefore if you plan on visiting more than just one country you may need to pack additional plug adapters which can add to the number of adapters you have to carry.
  • Alternatively, universal travel adapters and travel USB wall chargers are made for travelling to multiple countries becuase of their interchangeable heads.
How many wall outlets are available when you get to Puerto Rico?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many wall outlets are available when you get to Puerto Rico?

  • A hotel in Puerto Rico might only offer a single power outlet. This could be a problem if recharging multiple electronic items such as tablets, cell phones or cameras overnight as you can only recharge one device at a time after each device has finished recharging.
  • Should you need to recharge multiple devices at the same time then look to packing a travel USB wall charger or a travel power strip which are capable of powering multiple USB ports and power outlets. [6]

Are you planning on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

What is your budget?

  • Basic power adapters start at under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10) which will charge one device in only a single location (provided that is compatible with 120 volts or it is dual voltage), but paying roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) means you can charge multiple devices at once and be able to use them in various countries.

Will you always have reliable access to power?

  • The power in Puerto Rico is stable but if you plan to go to other countries you may need a power adapter which will protect your devices. Electricty might sporadically fluctuate in some other regions which might possibly cause damage to your devices, it is advisable to use a power adapter which offers surge protection built in such as a travel power strip.
  • Using a portable charger or a solar backpack will prepare you for any power cuts and countries with limited electricity.  [4] [4] [19]

Do you still need use your charger when returning home?

Are you planning to travel with hand luggage?

Are you only using hand luggage

Are you planning to travel with hand luggage?

Are you flying long haul to get to Puerto Rico?

Using a phone at an airport

Are you flying long haul to get to Puerto Rico?

  • If you are taking a long journey to get to Puerto Rico it's worth considering a convenient charger which is ideal for airports that can be used with different power outlet types, one that can be packed in hand luggage and can quickly top up tablets and phones right prior to an extensive journey.
  • Because not all airports and planes have power outlets available for travellers please consider bringing a battery portable charger for recharging on the move. When arriving you could need to rely on your cell phone for making a telephone call, using sat nav to find your accomodation or recalling itineraries - therefore please ensure that your phone has enough power remaining. [4]

What can I connect to a Puerto Rican power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Puerto Rican power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Puerto Rican power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Puerto Rican power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to a Puerto Rican power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to the Puerto Rican power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Puerto Rican power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Puerto Rican power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Puerto Rican power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Puerto Rico, 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[23]

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Puerto Rico.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B power outlets without converting voltage, costing under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$5-C$10).
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, between $45 to $50 USD (£30-£35 GBP / under C$50).
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor -
  6. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, costing between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / under C$40).
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).
  8. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, priced at around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, priced between $15 to $20 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$25).
  10. 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, between $110 to $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / around C$120).
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set , estimated cost between $15 to $20 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$25).
  13. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries, priced at between $5 to $10 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$45).
  14. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, between $150 to $160 USD (£140-£150 GBP / under C$210).
  15. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, between $20 to $25 USD (£20-£25 GBP / under C$50).
  16. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, estimated price between $30 to $35 USD (£20-£25 GBP / under C$40).
  17. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, under $50 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$45-C$50).
  18. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, under $130 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$140-C$150).
  19. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, between $90 to $100 USD (under £80 GBP / under C$140).
  20. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, costing under $25 USD (£25-£30 GBP / C$50-C$60).
  21. 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, estimated cost between $90 to $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / around C$60).
  22. 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, between $160 to $170 USD (£100-£110 GBP / around C$80).
  23. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -