Paraguay power adapters - what plugs are used in Paraguay?

Paraguayan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Paraguay?

You need to pack a Type C plug adapter [3] for Paraguay if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit in a Paraguayan power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Paraguay all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Paraguayan power outlet. If you're unsure of which voltage your device can use then please read the section below on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • Some areas of Paraguay 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 are from America and travelling to Paraguay you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Paraguay to fit a US plug into a Paraguayan power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Paraguay use a power converter for Paraguay if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Paraguayan power outlet then it can work in Paraguay.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Paraguayan power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Paraguay such a Type C plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Paraguay (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Paraguay, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Paraguay to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Paraguay if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type C plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone 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 C plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Paraguay.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 220 volts used in Paraguay you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Paraguay read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Paraguay power adapters

Power adapters for Paraguay

Varying different voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to stay in 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 Paraguay. This page contains links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when visiting Paraguay by using a 220 volt 50Hz C Type wall outlet, with the Paraguayans using a Europlug for wall outlets. You'll discover that power changes depending on which country you are travelling to so we suggest reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Paraguay?

The best power adapter for Paraguay will be a Type C power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Paraguay?

What is a power adapter for a Paraguayan power outlet?

A power adapter for Paraguay is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits an electrical socket in Paraguay 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 from a Paraguayan power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Paraguayan power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you will also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Paraguay along with the correct type of power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter in Paraguay?

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

Do I need a power adapter for Paraguay if I'm visiting from the US?

US plugs won't fit into a Paraguayan power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Paraguay, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Paraguay to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter do?

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

Paraguay power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Paraguay?

The type of plug outlet used in Paraguay is type C socket. You can identify the plug socket by 2 circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.

What plug sockets are used in Paraguay?

Do US plugs work in Paraguay?

No; a US plug won't work in Paraguay because it won't fit into a Paraguayan power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is different so use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device can work with a 50hz power outlet.

Is the voltage in Paraguay the same as the US?

The voltage in Paraguay is 220 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. If your US appliance or power charger can't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for Paraguay which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 220 volt outlet.

Is an outlet in Paraguay the same as in the US?

American plugs won't fit in a Paraguayan power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Paraguay. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Paraguay and ensure that it works with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Paraguay?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V or 120V appliance in a Paraguayan power outlet.

What is the electrical frequency used in Paraguay?

The frequency from a Paraguayan power outlet is 50Hz.

Are there many power outages in Paraguay?

Typically Paraguay reports power failures on a monthly basis.

What is access to electricity in Paraguay like?

Almost 5% of the population doesn't have access to electrical power in Paraguay.

Do I need a power bank for Paraguay?

Power bank

Do I need a power bank for Paraguay?

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

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Do solar chargers work in Paraguay?

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

Paraguay 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 Paraguay?

When travelling with more than one device and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Paraguay to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. 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 types of 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 Paraguay 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 Paraguay?

Why use a travel USB charger for Paraguay?

  • 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 South America which are likely to use a different standard to Paraguay.
  • 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 Paraguay.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Paraguay power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel rooms or accommodation in Paraguay 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 Paraguay 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 Paraguayan power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Paraguayan 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 Paraguay?

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 Paraguay 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 Paraguay.

Power converters for Paraguay

What is a power converter?

A power converter for Paraguay will enable travellers to use a 100-120 volt electric appliance with a 220 volt Paraguayan 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 Paraguay?

An expensive and bulky power converter [14] will convert a 220 volt Paraguayan power outlet to work with a non-220 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 Paraguay.

Do I need a power converter for Paraguay?

If travelling to Paraguay from another country check your device can accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [15] is needed if you are travelling to Paraguay from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 220 volts. Read the world power outlets page to see the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already own either a 220 volt appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 120 volts) and used with 220 volts run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless you use a step down power converter [15].
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone or laptop as these are typically designed for international use and support dual voltage, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16].
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than investing in a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in Paraguay.
  • Read our comprehensive travel guides on how to use curling wands, clothes irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners with a Paraguayan power outlet which includes advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Paraguay from America?

The voltage from a plug outlet in Paraguay is different to an American outlet, therefore please bring a step down power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Paraguay?

You will need to use a step down power converter [15] which will allow you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Paraguay.

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 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [15] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Paraguayan 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 Paraguay before plugging that into a Paraguayan 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 to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt Paraguayan power outlet.

What voltage is used in Paraguay?

Paraguay uses 220 volts in their power outlets.

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

Single voltage hair straighteners

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 Paraguayan power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Paraguayan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Paraguayan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Paraguayan power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Paraguayan power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Paraguayan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Paraguayan power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Paraguay, 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 [17].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraguay - Paraguay Wikipedia web page.
  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. 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 down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets