Nicaragua power adapters - what plugs are used in Nicaragua?

Nicaraguan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Nicaragua?

You'll need to bring a Type B plug adapter [3] to Nicaragua if your plug doesn't fit into a Nicaraguan power outlet.

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

  • Some areas of Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua 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 the plug will fit in a Nicaraguan power outlet then you can use it in Nicaragua.
  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Nicaraguan power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Nicaragua such a Type B plug adapter [3]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Nicaragua (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Nicaragua, but doesn't convert the voltage from 120 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 120 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Nicaragua to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Nicaragua if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you need to power USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Nicaragua.

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

Nicaragua power adapters

Power adapters for Nicaragua

Various standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Nicaragua. This page has links to instructions showing exactly how to power your devices when you are in Nicaragua using their standard types B or A Nicaraguan 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. You'll find power will differ depending on which area you are travelling to therefore we recommend reading the World power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Nicaragua?

The best power adapter for Nicaragua is a Type B power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 120 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Nicaragua?

What is a power adapter for a Nicaraguan power outlet?

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

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Nicaragua?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 120 volt Nicaraguan 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 Nicaragua along with the correct power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

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

Do I need a plug adapter in Nicaragua?

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

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

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

Nicaragua power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Nicaragua?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Nicaragua?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can identify this power socket by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral blades sit.
  • Plug Type B - This wall outlet (technically called a type B power outlet) can be identified by the two thin slots where the twin plug socket blades go with a semicircular shaped hole below for the grounded pin.

Do US plugs work in Nicaragua?

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

Is the voltage in Nicaragua the same as the US?

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

What is the frequency used in a Nicaraguan power outlet?

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

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Nicaragua?

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

Are outlets in Nicaragua the same as US?

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

What proportion of Nicaragua has access to electricity?

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

Are there many power outages in Nicaragua?

Typically Nicaragua reports power failures on a monthly basis.

Do I need a power bank for Nicaragua?

A power bank for charging cell phones

Do I need a power bank for Nicaragua?

As the power grid isn't available in all areas of Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua.
Do solar chargers work in Nicaragua?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Do solar chargers work in Nicaragua?

The sunshine in Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua.
  • Phones that have been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the battery during sunny spells in Nicaragua, 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 Nicaragua 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)

Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for Nicaragua is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. There are two different types of plug sockets that Nicaraguans use (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

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 faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on a 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 phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Nicaragua?

Why use a travel USB charger for Nicaragua?

  • 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 Nicaragua.
  • 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 Nicaragua.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 120 volts used in Nicaragua power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel rooms or accommodation in Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua 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 Nicaraguan power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Nicaraguan 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 Nicaragua?

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 Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua.

Power converters for Nicaragua

What is a power converter for a Nicaraguan power outlet?

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

An expensive and bulky power converter [14] will convert a 120 volt Nicaraguan 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 Nicaragua.

Do I need a power converter for Nicaragua?

When visiting Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua from a different region then check that it will work with a 120 volt Nicaraguan 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 Nicaraguan 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 Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

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

What kind of converter do I need for Nicaragua?

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

What voltage is used in Nicaragua?

Nicaragua uses 120 volts in their power outlets.

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 Nicaraguan 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 Nicaragua before plugging that into a Nicaraguan 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 Nicaraguan power outlet.
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 can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Single 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 Nicaraguan power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Nicaraguan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Nicaraguan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Nicaraguan power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Nicaraguan power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Nicaraguan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Nicaraguan power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Nicaragua, 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/Nicaragua - Nicaragua 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