Curacao power adapters - what plugs are used in Curacao?

Curacaon power outlet

What adapter do I need for Curacao?

You'll need to bring a Type C plug adapter [3] to Curacao if your plug doesn't fit into a Curacaon power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Curacao all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Curacaon power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device can use then read the section on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you are visiting Curacao from the US we recommend bringing a plug adapter for Curacao as US Type A or B outlets might not typically be found. Because the voltage is different in Curacao you need to bring a power converter for Curacao if your device isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device can run on 127 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Curacaon power outlet then it can work in Curacao.
  • If your device can run on 127 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Curacaon power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Curacao such a Type C plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Curacao (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Curacao, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 127 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 127 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Curacao to convert the voltage from 127 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Curacao if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type C plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power your USB devices such as a cell phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it will work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type C plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Curacao.
  • Increased use of a phone during a trip to Curacao can leave you with a flat battery quickly, we recommend packing a power bank [4] if you need to recharge your mobile phone battery or other USB powered devices whilst travelling to an unknown location.

Warning: If your device won't handle 127 volts you run a risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in Curacao check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Curacao power adapters

Power adapters for Curacao

Various standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Curacao. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions which shows which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in Curacao by using their C, A or B type 127 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power will change depending on which country you are visiting so we recommend reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Curacao?

The best power adapter for Curacao is a Type C power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 127 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Curacao?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that allow an electic socket in Curacao to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [5].

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from another country to use electrical appliances in Curacao simply by changing the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter in Curacao?

If the power plug you are using is different to the shape of the Curacaon power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Curacao from America?

A US Type A or Type B outlet might not readily be found in Curacao so it is advisable to use a suitable power adapter for Curacao.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Curacao?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 127 volt Curacaon power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use any 220-240 volt device you also need to bring a more expensive step up power converter.

Curacao power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Curacao?

Type A, B and C power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Curacao?

There are three different types of power supply used in Curacao, these are type C, A and B with the primary power outlets being type C socket:

  • Plug Type A - This power socket (called the type A power outlet) is recognised by the two adjacent slots.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify this plug socket by the 2 slots next to each other with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the earthed pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can identify the plug socket by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other.

Do US plugs work in Curacao?

Maybe with certain power outlets that are available in Curacao; but we recommend bringing all types of plug adapters for Curacao as US Type A or B outlets might not typically be found. Also it is recommended that you check that your device or appliance can work with a 50hz power outlet.

What is the frequency used with a Curacaon power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Curacaon power outlet is 50Hz.

Are Curacaon power outlets the same as in the US?

Even though US Type A or Type B outlets could be available in Curacao it is advisable to use a suitable plug adapter for Curacao. The voltage is within the 100-128 volt range used in America however the frequency is different so ensure that your device works with 50hz.

Is an electrical power outlet for the Caribbean Islands the same as a Curacaon power outlet?

The Caribbean

Is an electrical power outlet for the Caribbean Islands the same as a Curacaon power outlet?

Different islands in The Caribbean use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug which can be used in Curacao might not work correctly or fit in another island. When travelling to more than one island in The Caribbean you should either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [7] consisting of every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [8] as both these options should ensure you are covered for most different power outlet types that you may find on each island.

Because each island in The Caribbean uses different standards of power outlet types and voltages, a plug which works with a Curacaon power outlet might not operate properly with an outlet on another island. For further details on what to expect when preparing to travel we've put together similar instructions to this page 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.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Curacao?

To use a 220V appliance in a Curacaon power outlet you need to use a step up power converter.

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

The voltage in Curacao is 127 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. Even though these are very similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your US charger or appliance supports voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

Should I bring a power bank to Curacao?

A power bank

Should I bring a power bank to Curacao?

It is always advisable to bring a portable charger to recharge cell phones when travelling.

  • With many the thought of being without their mobile leaves them anxious, particularly when being needed whilst travelling to an unknown location. During a trip to Curacao increased use of mobile phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, getting directions, social network sharing and staying entertained will syphon off power excessively. A flat cell phone battery could potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make an emergency call or being able to use GPS to get directions to your accommodation. Bringing along a portable charger [4] to Curacao lowers the risk as it allows you to keep your cell phone powered on the go.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh power bank [4] which can store enough energy to cover over three full charges and a 20,000mAh power bank [11] should keep an average cell phone charged for up to 7 days. The mAh value (milli ampere-hours) describes the capacity of the battery giving an indication of the number of charge cycles the portable charger can achieve, and a higher number will be more suitable for travellers.
  • If you want to charge your laptop with a portable charger in Curacao and it it supports USB-C charging then use a portable charger for a laptop [12] marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying at least 20 Wh.
  • However be aware that some airlines won't let you bring batteries on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must be kept in hand luggage only.
  • Normal consumer power banks aren't designed for use with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [9] or gas hair straighteners [10] can be used for travelling.
Does a solar powered charger work in Curacao?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

Does a solar powered charger work in Curacao?

The climate in Curacao will be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [14] dependably, but needs to be left in strong sunlight in order to provide adequate power for a single charge. It may prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The bigger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack [13] give the backpack the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the climate in Curacao.
  • A phone that is plugged directly into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in Curacao, however this could be inconvenient to have it continually tethered in the bag if it is to be used frequently. A solar powered bag is usually exposed to daylight therefore can be powering up a power bank during the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank that requires unpacking and facing sunlight.
  • Although the climate in Curacao is suitable, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and includes a 10,000mAH power bank or greater. Unlike regular rigid solar cells, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags are designed to survive scratching and bending. They are found in laptop messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them perfect for travel, domestic and work.

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Curacao 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 Curacao?

When travelling with more than one device and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Curacao is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [15]. Curacaoans use three different standards of wall outlets (C, A and B) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Curacao. By only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [15] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Curacao?

Why use a travel USB charger for Curacao?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only bringing one USB wall charger rather than bringing several different USB chargers.
  • Travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal when visiting different countries across North America which are likely to use different standards to Curacao.
  • Good USB travel chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Curacao.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 127 volt power outlets in Curacao along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that some hotels in Curacao only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Curacao might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in low powered devices such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances in Curacao for useful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices with a Curacaon power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices need extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by recharging multiple cell phones every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Curacao?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Curacao using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Curacao.

Power converters for Curacao

What is a power converter for a Curacaon power outlet?

A power converter for Curacao will enable travellers to use a 220-240 volt electric appliance with a 127 volt Curacaon 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 plug adapter for Curacao?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Curacao, however an expensive and bulkier power converter [16] will transform the voltage of 127 volts from a Curacaon power outlet to work with a non-127 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Curacao?

When travelling to Curacao from another country please check that your device can be used with a 127 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [17] if you are visiting Curacao from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device is incompatible with 127 volts. See our WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 127 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts and then used in a 127 volt power outlet sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up. If your device charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Curacao from a different region check that it can be used with a 127 volt power supply otherwise you will need to bring a step up power converter [17].
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [18] which allows the appliance to be used with a 127 volt Curacaon power outlet.
  • Investing a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance will be more practical and cost effective than bringing a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and blow dryers with a Curacaon power outlet , along with advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Curacao if I'm from the US?

A US plug does not need a power converter because the voltage from a Curacaon power outlet is in the same 100-120 volt range as America.

What kind of converter do I need for Curacao?

You will need to buy a step up power converter [17] to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Curacao.

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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.

What voltage is used in Curacao?

Curacao uses 127 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 127 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [17] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 127 volt Curacaon 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 Curacao before plugging that into a Curacaon 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 127 volt Curacaon power outlet.
How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

The method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power adapter or on the unit itself, typically on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord sits. The location will depend on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box.

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

What can I connect to a Curacaon power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Curacaon power outlet

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Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Curacaon power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Curacaon power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a Curacaon power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Curacao, 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 [20].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cura%C3%A7ao - Curacao entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage.
  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.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  8. 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.
  9. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  10. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  11. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  12. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  13. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  14. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  15. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets