US to Cuba power adapters - do I need an adapter in Cuba?

Cuban power outlet

What adapter do I need for Cuba?

You will need to bring a Type C power adapter to Cuba if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit into a Cuban power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Cuba will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Cuban power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • If you are visiting Cuba from America then we recommend using a power adapter for Cuba because US Type A or B outlets might not readily be used.
  • If your device can run on 110 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Cuban power outlet then it can work in Cuba without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 110 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Cuban power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Cuba such a Type C power adapter. Please Note that a plug adapter for Cuba (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Cuba, but won't change the voltage from 110 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 110 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Cuba to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Cuba if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type C power adapter.
  • If you want to charge USB devices such as a mobile phone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type C power adapter otherwise you'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Cuba[3] [AD]
  • Excessive use of a phone during a vacation to Cuba could create an additional drain on the battery therefore you should pack a portable power bank if you need to keep your phone battery charged throughout the day whilst travelling to an unfamiliar location.

Warning: If your device won't handle 110 volts you run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before attempting to use your device in Cuba check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Cuba power adapters

Power adapters for Cuba

When packing for a vacation to Cuba it can be helpful to know if you can use your vital devices when you arrive. Without knowing which plug socket is used in Cuba you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, leaving you having to buy a suitable power adaptor when you need it. Differing standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Cuba. This page contains links to useful instructions showing you exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices in Cuba using the Type C, A or B Cuban 110 volt 60Hz power outlets, you'll discover a majority of Cubans use the Type C sockets in their wall outlets. Most power adapters will vary from country to country therefore we recommend that you read our Wiki Connections world power adapters guide for a complete list showing charging devices in different regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Cuba?

The best power adapter for Cuba will be a Type C power adapter which is suitable for powering any 110 volt device or appliance. [3] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for Cuba?

What is a power adapter for a Cuban power outlet?

A power adapter for Cuba is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug from another country to fit into a Cuban power outlet.

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

What does a power adapter for a Cuban power outlet do?

A power adapter for Cuba allows a visitor from a different location to use electrical appliances in Cuba by changing the shape of the plug to fit the power socket.

Will a power adapter change the voltage in Cuba?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt Cuban power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. Should you need to safely use a 220-240 volt appliance you will also need to bring a step up power converter for Cuba.

Do I need a power adapter in Cuba?

If the type of Cuban power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Cuba from the US?

An American Type A or Type B outlet might not commonly be available in Cuba so it is advisable to use a suitable power adapter for Cuba.

Where to buy a power adapter for Cuba in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Cuba in the US

Cuba to US power adapters will most likely be available in most major US International airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists such as Hudson News or Brookstone, but expect to pay more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street electrical stores such as Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Home Depot or Fry's normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Where to buy a power adapter in Cuba

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Cuba

On arrival power adapters could be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

Electrical adapters for Cuba

Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type C plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Straightforward design makes the power adapter easy to use.
  • Light and small.
  • Cheap.
  • Bringing a Type C power adapter will be ideal for Cuba.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Hotel rooms may only have one wall outlet available, so you will only be capable of charging one device at once.
  • If you plan on travelling to more than one country then you may need to bring along multiple power adapter types for other countries.
  • Only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Type C Cuban power outlet and not the voltage used in Cuba. So if your appliance doesn't work with 110 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need to bring a separate voltage converter.
  • You'll also need to pack a separate USB charger as well if you need to charge any USB device.
  • 1 plug adapter per device - for each device or appliance you wish to bring you will also need to bring a separate plug adapter. [3] [AD]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Straightforward operation.
  • An all-in-one compact design. Both lightweight and small.
  • Some universal travel power adapters include a surge protector, this will protect any electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The pins retract so won't get caught against other items when packed in luggage.
  • When you return home the universal travel power adapter should still be useful as a USB charger.
  • Some universal travel power adapters include multiple charging ports for USB electronics built in.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Because universal travel adapters only work with fit A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets they won't work in Cuba. You will need to bring a separate power adapter for a Cuban power outlet if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple devices from a single power outlet.
  • Universal travel adapters will overload when used with a high power electrical appliance such as clothes irons, hair straighteners, kettles, vacuum cleaners, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • Universal travel power adapters don't have a voltage converter meaning they aren't suitable for non-110 volt electrical devices in Cuba.
  • Might not be completely universal, some adapters might not cover certain countries with less common outlets.
  • The moving parts might be fragile on some models making them prone to failure when travelling.
  • Will only provide power to one plug. [6] [AD]
Travel Power Strips

Power strips have AC and USB sockets

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Certain models have voltage conversation for lower wattage devices. Even if your appliance isn't dual voltage it should still function in Cuba when using just a travel power strip. This can make a travel power strip a lightweight cheap alternative option to a power converter.
  • Capable of charging more than one electrical appliance or device at once via one Cuban power outlet.
  • Most power strips also feature multiple USB charging ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in some areas might fluctuate, a sudden power surge can damage your electrical items. There are some models that include a surge protector built in which will protect your device from being overpowered.
  • A power strip will potentially still be functional back at home.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Doesn't include a specific plug adapter for Cuba so you should also pack a separate power plug adapter for a Cuban power outlet as well .
  • The power converter on a travel power strip won't convert higher wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or clothes irons.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be too bulky for carrying in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be considered excessive if you only bring a small number of appliances and devices which need charging. [7] [AD]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with changable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect if you only want to power USB devices, for example mobile phones, tablet computers or eReaders.
  • You only have to pack a single charger rather than carry multiple domestic USB power chargers.
  • Chargers are usually supplied with swappable heads which make them useful in a large number of locations. The interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are typically lightweight and small making them easy to fit into hand luggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers have a surge protector built in to prevent your device from being overloaded by unstable power grids.
  • When you return to your home country the charger will still be useful.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a Cuban power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power plug adapter for a Cuban power outlet.
  • They only have USB outputs so you won't be able to charge electrical appliances, only USB devices. [8] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

A plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • A power adapter set typically works out more cost-effective than purchasing multiple individual plug adapters.
  • Covers all countries and not just a Cuban power outlet.
  • If you are travelling to multiple locations a power adapter set is perfect.
  • A set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so should operate in Cuba.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible - you'll have to decide which plug adapters to bring, or alternatively pack every power adapter type with you.
  • Lots individual adapters to pack.
  • Having only one functioning plug adapter being used in Cuba the remaining plug adapters will be redundant and using up space.
  • Not every plug adapter types are typically included (and especially less common ones), so check that your set has one that is compatible in Cuba.
  • Each plug adapter only modifies the shape of the plug but not the actual voltage. [9] [AD]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter with surge protection

Voltage Converters

Those originating from the USA shouldn't need a voltage converter as the voltage in Cuba is 110 volts.

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 110 volts from a Cuban power outlet and not the actual shape of the plug to slot in a Cuban power outlet, therefore you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter.
  • The normal size of voltage converters makes them way too bulky and heavy for carrying in hand baggage.
  • A converter will be useless when returning to America.
  • Usually better value and more practical to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive voltage converter simply to use your existing single voltage appliance abroad.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Cuba

Type C Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Cuba Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included C A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 135+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type C Cuban power outlet Yes Yes
Additional Type C plug adapter required to fit in a Cuban power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes
Useful when you return to America Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 110 volt AC appliance in Cuba Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Cuba power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Cuba?

Type A, B and C power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Cuba?

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

  • Plug Type A - The wall socket, also called a type A power outlet, is identified by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise the wall socket by two slots next to each other with a hole below for the slightly long earth pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the wall socket by two holes adjacent to each other. [3] [AD]

Do US plugs work in Cuba?

Maybe with certain power outlets that are available in Cuba; but we suggest using all types of power adapters for Cuba as an American Type A or Type B power outlet might not commonly be found.

What frequency is used in a Cuban power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current in a Cuban power outlet is 60Hz. [11]
Is a power outlet for the Caribbean the same as a Cuban power outlet?

The Caribbean

Is a power outlet for the Caribbean the same as a Cuban power outlet?

Various islands throughout The Caribbean use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, a plug that could be used in Cuba might not operate in another island. If you are visiting more than one island in The Caribbean it is recommended to either use a multiple power adapter travel set consisting of every type of power adapter, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter as both these options ensure you're covered for most different power outlet types which you might find in each country.

As each island in The Caribbean uses different standards of voltages and power outlet types, a plug that can be used in Cuba might not operate on another island. For further details on what to expect we've put together similar instructions to this page for every Caribbean island: 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.   [9] [9] [12] [AD]

Is the voltage in Cuba the same as the US?

Americans use 120 volts but the voltage in Cuba is 110 volts. Although these are very similar check the voltage on your US appliance or power charger can support voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it can handle dual voltage.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Cuba?

To use a 220V appliance in Cuba you need to bring a step up power converter.

Is a Cuban power outlet the same as in the US?

Although US Type A or B power outlets might possibly be available in Cuba it is advisable to bring a suitable plug adapter for Cuba, however both the voltage range and frequency are the identical to America.

What is access to electricity in Cuba like?

100% of population in Cuba has access to electricity.

How reliable is the electricity in Cuba?

While stable power can't be guaranteed, electricity in Cuba is reliable with no pattern of recurrent power blackouts in comparison to other countries.

Should I pack a portable charger for Cuba?

A USB portable charger

Should I pack a portable charger for Cuba?

While power cuts aren't regular with electricity being available to the entire population, visitors should still bring a power bank to recharge cell phones and other devices.

  • During a trip increased use of cell phones for taking photographs, storing calendars, sat nav, social network sharing and staying entertained could syphon off power more excessively than normal. A flat cell phone battery could possibly leave you without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a satellite navigation app to find your way back to accommodation or hotel. Bringing along a power bank alleviates those concerns as it allows you to power up your cell phone on the go.
  • A 10,000mAh portable charger can supply enough energy to power over 3 full charges and a 20,000mAh portable charger should keep a typical smart phone charged for almost seven days.
  • Providing that your laptop has a USB-C charging port then a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of that laptop in Cuba. Before travelling please note that some airlines don't allow you take power banks on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must be kept in carry-on luggage only.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high powered items, but a rechargeable hair dryer or rechargeable cordless flat iron are ideal for travelling.    [4] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [AD]
Do solar battery chargers work in Cuba?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Do solar battery chargers work in Cuba?

The climate in Cuba will be adequate enough to charge solar power bank dependably, but needs to be exposed to strong sunshine in order to provide enough energy for a single charge. This may prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the larger solar panels found on a solar backpack will give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, meaning they should perform well in Cuba.
  • Phones that are directly plugged into the USB port of a solar backpack will gradually top up the battery during sunny periods in Cuba, but this could be inconvenient to have it continuously tethered to the bag during the day should it be used constantly. Unlike a handheld solar power bank which requires unpacking facing the sunlight, a solar bag is more often exposed to light so can be recharging a regular power bank during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in Cuba is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or greater. Unlike normal firm solar cells, the flexible and durable cells used in solar powered bags have been designed to endure scratching and bending. Solar bags are found in rucksack, backpack and messenger styles which makes them ideal for travel, work and domestic use.  [4] [18] [19] [AD]


  • 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)

Cuba 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 Cuba?

When travelling with more than just one device and visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Cuba to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different types of plug sockets in Cuba (C, A and B) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your device can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your Cuban trip. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your devices at an airport or on the flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used at home not just abroad so when you’re not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend buying a flexible travel charger of this nature online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the universal multi-device USB wall charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably. [8] [AD]

What USB charger do I need for Cuba?

Why use a travel USB charger for Cuba?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. It helps reduce the size and weight of your baggage by only packing one USB wall charger rather than needing to bring numerous individual USB chargers along.
  • Most travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions thereby making them ideal when travelling to other countries across North America which are likely to use different standards to Cuba.
  • A good USB charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing along a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair in Cuba.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 110 volts used in Cuba power outlets plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Cuba only have a single wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Due to their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scarce and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perfect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Cuba might prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Premium USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to allow you to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances with a Cuban power outlet for advice on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Cuban power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cell phones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • Travel USB chargers can still be useful when returning home by charging multiple cell phones every night using a single power outlet. [8] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for Cuba?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Cuba 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Cuba.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Cuba. [8] [AD]

Power converters for Cuba

What is a power converter?

Power converters for Cuba enable travellers to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt electrical device with a 110 volt Cuban power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Cuba?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Cuba, however a heavier and more expensive power converter converts a 110 volt Cuban power outlet to work with a non-110 volt appliance. [20] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for Cuba?

When travelling to Cuba from a different region ensure that your device can accept a 110 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter if you are visiting Cuba from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device doesn't support 110 volts. See the WikiConnections world power outlets page to find out which voltage is used in your country.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already own either a 110 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts and used with 110 volts sometimes take longer to charge or simply won't turn on. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Cuba from a different country please check that it will work with a 110 volt power supply otherwise you will need a step up power converter.
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you wish to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter which allows it to be used with a 110 volt Cuban power outlet.
  • Investing a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than carrying a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive travel guides on travelling with curling wands, clothes irons, blow dryers and flat irons with Cuban power outlets , along with guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [21] [AD]

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

An American plug does not need to be plugged into a power converter as the voltage from a Cuban power outlet is in the same 100-120 volt range as America. [20] [AD]

What converter do I need for Cuba?

In order to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Cuba you need to use a step up power converter[10] [AD]

What voltage does Cuba use?

Cuba uses 110 volts in their power outlets. [2]

How to convert 110 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 110 volt Cuban 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 Cuba before plugging that into a Cuban 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 110 volt Cuban power outlet. [10] [AD]
What is the difference between a power converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a power 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 tell the voltage of your device

Single voltage hair dryer

How to tell the voltage of your device

The easiest way to tell if a device is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied power adapter, or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might vary depending on the make or model of your device but should also be written on the box.

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


See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters.

What type of adapter do you need for Cuba?

Which type of plug adapter do I need for Cuba?

The plug adapter or power converter that is suitable for Cuba is dependant on your requirements, prior to deciding the right one to pack we suggest using the following checklist:

How many devices will you be bringing to Cuba?

How many devices will you be bringing

How many devices will you be bringing to Cuba?

  • Try adding up how many electrical items you intend to bring to Cuba (for example laptops, phones, tablets, eReaders, clothes irons or hair dryers).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more electrical items in the future. Are you thinking about purchasing a new laptop computer soon?
    • There is an increasing amount of USB powered rechargeable devices such as electric shavers which use USB charging for a power source, the if you buy a new device it might use a USB power adapter so ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports for these additional items too.
  • Are you bringing children along who might need to charge their iPads?
What types of electrical items do you want to charge?

A USB powered phone

What types of electrical items do you want to charge?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic devices that plug into a power outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage appliances which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example hair straighteners and clothes irons.
    • USB electrical devices that charge using a USB port - for example mobile phones and tablet computers.
  • When you only want to bring along just USB powered devices then a travel USB wall charger is ideal because you will only need to pack that single compact charger with appropriate existing charging cables rather than having to pack numerous domestic chargers.
  • A travel power strip is built for powering and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices of any voltage, but won't work with high wattage appliances which require voltage conversion.
How many Cuban power outlets are available?

Are multiple outlets available

How many Cuban power outlets are available?

  • A hotel may only have a single power outlet on the wall. This will be an inconvenience when charging up the batteries of multiple electronic items such as tablets, mobile phones or laptops overnight as you'll only be able to charge a single device at a time.
  • Should you want to charge more than one device simultaneously then we suggest using either a USB wall charger or a travel power strip which can charge multiple USB ports and power outlets. [7] [AD]

Will your devices and appliances work with a 110 volt power outlet?

Are you only charging USB devices?

Will you only need USB electronics

Are you only charging USB devices?

What is your budget?

  • A basic power adapter which charges only one device from a Cuban power outlet (provided that it is dual voltage or works with 110 volts) however paying a little more will allow you to power multiple devices at once and be able to bring them to multiple different countries.

Do you plan to visit elsewhere in the future?

Is Cuba the only location you intend on visiting?

  • A single plug adapter only operates in the one country which it is made for, so if you plan on visiting multiple countries then you may need to pack additional plug adapters which in turn adds to the weight you'll have to bring.
  • However, universal travel adapters and travel USB wall chargers are designed for visiting multiple countries due to their interchangeable head system.
Will it take you a long time to get to Cuba?

Making a call after a long haul flight

Will it take you a long time to get to Cuba?

  • For much longer journeys consider a convenient airport-friendly charger that can be used with different power outlet types, one that is small enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can be used to quickly charge tablets and phones.
  • Not all airlines and airports actually have power outlets so consider using a travel portable power bank which will recharge on the go. After arriving you could have to use a cell phone for making calls, using sat nav to locate your hotel or recalling itineraries; therefore it is recommended that your phone will have ample charge left. [4] [AD]

Will you always have reliable access to electricity?

  • Electricty in Cuba is generally stable however if you plan to go to other countries you may need an electrical adapter which offers protection to your electrical devices. Electricty might sporadically fluctuate in some areas which could potentially cause damage to your devices, it is advisable to look for an adapter which has surge protection built in such as a travel power strip.
  • Using a solar backpack or portable power bank will prepare you for a power cut and limited electricity.  [4] [4] [18] [AD]

Do you still need use your charger when returning to America?

Do you intend to bring hand luggage to Cuba?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you intend to bring hand luggage to Cuba?

What can I connect to a Cuban power outlet

Travel appliances that can plug into a Cuban power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Cuban power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Cuban power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Cuban power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to the Cuban power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Cuban power outlet

Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Cuban power outlet

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


We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Cuba, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets[22]


WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. While WikiConnections strives to make the information on this website as timely and accurate as possible, we make no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this site, and expressly disclaim liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this site. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

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

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