Guatemala power adapters - what plugs are used in Guatemala?

Guatemalan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Guatemala?

You'll need to use a Type B plug adapter [3] for Guatemala if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit in a Guatemalan power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Guatemala all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Guatemalan power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device can use then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • Some areas of Guatemala do not have access to power and suffer from regular power blackouts, it is advised to pack a portable charger [4] if you want to recharge your mobile phone whilst staying in an area without electricity or during a power outage.
  • If you're from America and visiting Guatemala you will not need a power adapter or power converter. However it may be practical to use a USB travel power adapter as it allows you to recharge multiple devices by only bringing one charger.
  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Guatemalan power outlet then it can work in Guatemala.
  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Guatemalan power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Guatemala such a Type B plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Guatemala (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Guatemala, but can't convert the voltage from 120 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 120 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Guatemala to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Guatemala if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to bring USB devices such as tablets or cell phones then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring one which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Guatemala.

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

Guatemala power adapters

Power adapters for Guatemala

Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to visit another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Guatemala. This page contains links to step by step instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you are in Guatemala by using the B or A type 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. Most power adapters will vary regionally so we suggest that you read the Wiki Connections global power adapters guide where you'll find a full list showing charging devices in different destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Guatemala?

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

What is the best power adapter for Guatemala?

What is a power adapter for a Guatemalan power outlet?

A power adapter for Guatemala is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits an electrical socket in Guatemala 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].

Do I need a plug adapter in Guatemala?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in Guatemala.

Do I need a plug adapter for Guatemala if I'm visiting from America?

An American plug does not require a power adapter because it already fits into a Guatemalan power outlet.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from a different country to use electrical appliances and devices in Guatemala simply by adapting the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Guatemala?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 120 volt Guatemalan power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use a 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance then you will also need a more expensive step up power converter for Guatemala along with the correct power adapter.

Guatemala power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Guatemala?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Guatemala?

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

  • Plug Type A - The power outlet (technically known as the type A power outlet) can be identified by the two thin adjacent slots.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify this plug socket by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the short twin blades sit with a single hole below for the longer earth pin.

Do US plugs work in Guatemala?

Yes, an American plug will work in Guatemala and does not need a power converter or a plug adapter.

Are outlets in Guatemala the same as US?

An American plug will fit into outlets in Guatemala, both the voltage range and frequency are the identical to the US.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Guatemala?

A step up power converter will allow you to use a 220V appliance in Guatemala.

What is the frequency used in a Guatemalan power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Guatemalan power outlet is 60Hz.

Is the voltage in Guatemala the same as the US?

The voltage from a Guatemalan power outlet is the same as in America.

Are there power outages in Guatemala?

It is reported that there are weekly power blackouts in Guatemala.

What proportion of Guatemala has access to electricity?

Almost a quarter of the population has access to electricity in Guatemala.

Do I need a power bank for Guatemala?

A power bank

Do I need a power bank for Guatemala?

As the power grid isn't available in all areas of Guatemala alongside problems with the reliability of the power grid, travellers are advised to bring backup charging solutions if they wish to continue using devices such as cellphones or cameras.

  • Whilst travelling increased reliance on cell phones for taking photos, storing itineraries, social network sharing, getting directions and web browsing can syphon off power more excessively than normal. As well as the simple missing photograph opportunities this could potentially leave you without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to return back to your accommodation. Bringing along a portable charger [4] to Guatemala lowers the risk as it means you can keep your smart phone charged without using a wall charger, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to power and power outages in some areas.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh power bank [4] which can store enough electricity to power over three full cycles while a 20,000mAh portable charger [9] should keep an average smart phone powered for almost a week depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • Providing that your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then packing a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20Wh can be used to extend the battery life of the laptop.
  • Be aware that some airlines won't let you take batteries on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Consumer power banks aren't designed for use with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] can be used for travelling to locations with power cuts and limited access to electricity such as Guatemala.
Do solar chargers work in Guatemala?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Do solar chargers work in Guatemala?

The sunshine in Guatemala should be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank [12] dependably, however it needs to be left in strong sunshine in order to provide suitable power for a single charge. This could prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The larger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack [11] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the climate in Guatemala.
  • Phones that have been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the battery during sunny spells in Guatemala, however might be inconvenient to have a phone continually connected to the bag should it be needed constantly. 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 Guatemala is suitable, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags have been designed to survive scratches and bending, unlike normal firm solar cells. Solar bags are available in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles making them perfect for travel, work and domestic use.

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Guatemala 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 Guatemala?

When travelling with more than one device and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Guatemala to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. Guatemalans use two different types of plug sockets (types B and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your model of device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Guatemala or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Guatemala?

Why use a travel USB charger for Guatemala?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only bringing one USB wall charger instead of bringing several different USB power chargers.
  • Travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries across North America which are likely to use a different standard to Guatemala.
  • A good USB power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Guatemala.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 120 volts used in Guatemala power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel rooms or accommodation in Guatemala might only have one power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with all your devices instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • 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 smartphone in Guatemala might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Higher priced USB chargers should also include a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please see our guide on using travel appliances with a Guatemalan power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Guatemalan power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Some tablets and mobile phones could require more than the usual 500 mA produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be useful by charging multiple cell phones and tablets every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Guatemala?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Guatemala using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 the 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Guatemala.

Power converters for Guatemala

What is a power converter for a Guatemalan power outlet?

A power converter enables travellers to use their 220-240 volt electrical appliance with a 120 volt Guatemalan 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 Guatemala?

An expensive and bulky power converter [14] will convert a 120 volt Guatemalan power outlet to work with a non-120 volt appliance, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet in Guatemala.

Do I need a power converter for Guatemala?

When visiting Guatemala from another country please check that your device can be used with a 120 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [15] if you are visiting Guatemala from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance or device is incompatible with 120 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a 120 volt device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage such as 230 volts and used in a 120 volt outlet may take longer to charge or simply won't power up. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Guatemala from a different region then check that it will work with a 120 volt Guatemalan power outlet or you will need to bring a step up power converter [15].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair dryers or curling irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16] which allows it to be used with a 120 volt Guatemalan power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier high wattage power converter to Guatemala in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers in Guatemala , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Guatemala from America?

You won't need a power converter because the voltage from a Guatemalan power outlet is in the same 100-120V range as America.

What kind of converter do I need for Guatemala?

You will need to buy a step up power converter [15] to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Guatemala.

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

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a 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 [15] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 120 volt Guatemalan 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 Guatemala before plugging that into a Guatemalan 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 Guatemalan power outlet.

What voltage is used in Guatemala?

Guatemala uses 120 volts in their power outlets.

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 way to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power adapter or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord plugs into. The location might depend on the make and model of your unit but could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

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

What can I connect to a Guatemalan power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Guatemalan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Guatemalan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Guatemalan power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Guatemalan power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Guatemalan power outlet

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A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Guatemalan power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Guatemala, 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 [18].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemala - Guatemala 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. 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. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  8. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  9. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  10. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  11. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  12. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  13. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets