Guatemala power adapters - what plugs are used in Guatemala?

Guatemalan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Guatemala?

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

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

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

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

Guatemala power adapters

Power adapters for Guatemala

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

What is the best power adapter for Guatemala?

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

What is the best power adapter for Guatemala?

What is a power adapter for a Guatemalan power outlet?

A power adapter for Guatemala is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits an electrical socket in Guatemala to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a different region.

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

Do I need a plug adapter in Guatemala?

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

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

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

What does a power adapter do?

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

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Guatemala?

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

Electrical adapters for Guatemala

Travel Power Strips

Travel power strip including plug adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is able to power many electronic devices at once from only one Guatemalan power outlet, costing on average $30 USD.
  • Some models will convert voltage for lower wattage devices such as laptops or cameras. So therefore if your device isn't dual voltage it will still work in Guatemala by using only a travel power strip. This will make them a cheaper lightweight substitute for a power converter.
  • Most models also feature a number of USB charge ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain areas could fluctuate, a power surge might damage your devices. There are some models which have a built in surge protector which will prevent any electronics from being overloaded.
  • When you return to America the power strip could still work as a power strip and USB charger.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Guatemala. (Note: UK power strips include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you will need to use it with an additional plug adapter.)

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a normal voltage converter, the voltage converter on a travel power strip won't work with high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or clothes irons.
  • Due to their weight power strips might be unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be considered excessive if you only have a small number of devices that need charging.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with swappable plugs

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal in situations when you only want to charge devices which are USB powered.
  • You only need to bring one charger instead of carrying lots of domestic USB power chargers costing on average $18 USD.
  • Chargers are typically supplied with swappable adapter heads making them versatile in a large number of different countries. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with USB wall chargers are usually lightweight and small making them easy to pack.
  • Has surge protection.
  • The charger can still be of use when you return to America.
  • The swappable plugs fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in Guatemala.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB outputs so you can't to charge any electrical appliances, just USB ones.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Universal adapters are ideal in multiple countries

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Useful when visiting to multiple countries. Most models operate in over 150 different countries.
  • An all in one design. Both small and lightweight for around $15 USD.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters that include USB charging ports built in.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some universal travel power adapters have a surge protector built in which will protect your device from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The pins retract so don't get caught against other items in your baggage.
  • It will still be of use back at home as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will work with a Guatemalan power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal travel adapters must not be used with high power appliances - for example clothes irons, hair straighteners, kettles or hair dryers.
  • The pins and moving parts might be fragile on some models which could make them likely to possibily jam on your trip.
  • Can only charge one appliance.
  • Might not be totally universal - models might not cover certain countries with less popular power outlet types.
  • Lacking a voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for non-120 volts devices in Guatemala.
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type B plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Small and lightweight.
  • Cheap, prices around $7 USD.
  • Straightforward design makes the plug adapter simple to operate.
  • Using a Type B plug adapter [3] will be ideal for Guatemala.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • One plug adapter per appliance - for every separate device or appliance you will also need to bring a separate power plug adapter.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type B Guatemalan power outlet but doesn't change the voltage - if your appliance doesn't work with a 120 volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage you'll also need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • Your accomodation might only have a single power outlet available, so you'll only be capable of powering a single device at a time.
  • You'll also still need to bring your separate USB charger as well if you wish to power a USB device.
  • If you intend on travelling to more than just Guatemala you may need to pack multiple plug adapter types.
Plug Adapter Sets

A comprehensive plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are between $15-$20 USD a power adapter set works out cheaper buying than purchasing individual $7 power plug adapters.
  • Covers every eventuality.
  • The most flexible option if you are travelling to different countries.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so should be suitable with a Guatemalan power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve planning - before any trip you will need to decide which plug adapters they'll need in advance, or alternatively pack every adapter in the set along.
  • Lots individual items to bring.
  • All remaining plug adapters will be redundant and using up packing space.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included in each set (and especially less common adapters) - so check that your set includes one which is compatible with a Guatemalan power outlet.
  • Adapters only modify the shape of the plug and don't alter the actual voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter has surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • Only changes the 120 volts from a Guatemalan power outlet and won't change the shape of the plug to fit in a Guatemalan power outlet, so you will still be required to bring a suitable plug adapter for Guatemala.
  • Expensive - around $128 USD.
  • The size of most models makes them way too bulky and heavy for carry-on baggage.
  • Redundant after your trip to Guatemala.
  • Usually cheaper and more practical to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase a more expensive power converter simply in order to bring your existing appliance in Guatemala.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Guatemala

Type B 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 Guatemala Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included B 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) 45+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type B Guatemalan power outlet Yes Yes 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 120 volt AC appliance in Guatemala 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)
Typical price $7 USD $15 USD $18 USD $30 USD $19 USD $128 USD
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Guatemala power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Guatemala?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Guatemala?

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

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

Do US plugs work in Guatemala?

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

Are outlets in Guatemala the same as US?

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

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Guatemala?

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

What is the frequency used in a Guatemalan power outlet?

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

Is the voltage in Guatemala the same as the US?

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

Are there power outages in Guatemala?

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

What proportion of Guatemala has access to electricity?

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

Do I need a power bank for Guatemala?

A power bank

Do I need a power bank for Guatemala?

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

  • Whilst travelling increased reliance on cell phones for taking photos, storing itineraries, social network sharing, getting directions and web browsing can syphon off power more excessively than normal. As well as the simple missing photograph opportunities this could potentially leave you without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to return back to your accommodation. Bringing along a portable charger [4] to Guatemala lowers the risk as it means you can keep your smart phone charged without using a wall charger, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to power and power outages in some areas.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh power bank [4] which can store enough electricity to power over three full cycles while a 20,000mAh portable charger [14] 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 [15] 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 [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] can be used for travelling to locations with power cuts and limited access to electricity such as Guatemala.
Do solar chargers work in Guatemala?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Do solar chargers work in Guatemala?

The sunshine in Guatemala should be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank [17] 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 [16] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the climate in Guatemala.
  • Phones that have been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the battery during sunny spells in Guatemala, however might be inconvenient to have a phone continually connected to the bag should it be needed constantly. A solar powered bag is usually exposed to daylight therefore can be powering up a power bank during the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank that requires unpacking and facing sunlight.
  • Although the climate in Guatemala is suitable, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags have been designed to survive scratches and bending, unlike normal firm solar cells. Solar bags are available in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles making them perfect for travel, work and domestic use.

Sources

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

Guatemala chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Guatemala?

When travelling with more than one device and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Guatemala to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. Guatemalans use two different types of plug sockets (types B and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your model of device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Guatemala or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Guatemala?

Why use a travel USB charger for Guatemala?

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

What is the best USB charger for Guatemala?

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

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Guatemala using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Guatemala.

Power converters for Guatemala

What is a power converter for a Guatemalan power outlet?

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

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

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

An expensive and bulky power converter [18] will convert a 120 volt Guatemalan power outlet to work with a non-120 volt appliance, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet in Guatemala.

Do I need a power converter for Guatemala?

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

  • You will need a step up power converter [10] if you are visiting Guatemala from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance or device is incompatible with 120 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a 120 volt device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage such as 230 volts and used in a 120 volt outlet may take longer to charge or simply won't power up. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Guatemala from a different region then check that it will work with a 120 volt Guatemalan power outlet or you will need to bring a step up power converter [10].
  • 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 [19] which allows it to be used with a 120 volt Guatemalan power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier high wattage power converter to Guatemala in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers in Guatemala , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

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

What kind of converter do I need for Guatemala?

You will need to buy a step up power converter [10] to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Guatemala.

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

Voltage converter

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

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.

How to convert 120 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [10] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 120 volt Guatemalan power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Guatemala before plugging that into a Guatemalan power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 120 volt Guatemalan power outlet.

What voltage is used in Guatemala?

Guatemala uses 120 volts in their power outlets.

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

Dual voltage hair dryer

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

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

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

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Trvel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets, number of USB powers and prices were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for Guatemala?

Deciding which type of power adapter to bring to Guatemala

The plug adapter which is suitable for Guatemala is dependant on various requirements, so prior choosing the right adapter to use we recommend using this checklist:

How many electrical devices are you packing for Guatemala?

How many devices will you be taking

How many electrical devices are you packing for Guatemala?

  • Add up how many devices and applicances you want to pack for Guatemala (such as cell phones, laptops, eReaders, curling irons or hair straighteners).
    • Take into account that you might own more electrical items at a later date. Do you intend on buying a new tablet computer next year for example?
    • There are an increasing number of USB powered rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise USB for a power source. Therefore next time you have to buy a new device it could use a USB adapter so ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these as well.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their iPads as well?
Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Guatemala?

Will you only bring USB devices

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Guatemala?

What types of electrical devices do you need to use in Guatemala?

A USB powered phone

What types of electrical devices do you need to use in Guatemala?

  • There are 3 types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electrical devices which plug into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that plug into an electrical outlet - for example hair straighteners or curling irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices that charge with a USB port - for example phones or tablets.
  • If you only intend to take just USB powered devices to Guatemala then you'll find that a travel USB charger is ideal because you will only have to bring that single charger .
  • Travel power strips are most suited for powering and voltage conversion for multiple low wattage devices (such as a laptop), but won't work with high wattage appliances that need voltage conversion and could potentially overload it.

Will your appliances only work with a 120 volt power outlet?

Do you intend on visiting countries other than Guatemala?

  • Most single plug adapters will only operate in the one country that they are designed for, so if you wish to visit multiple countries you'll need to bring along additional power adapters which in turn adds to the number of adapters you'll have to bring.
  • On the other hand a travel USB wall charger or universal travel adapter is made for visiting more than one country due to the interchangeable head system.
How many Guatemalan power outlets will be available?

Are multiple outlets available

How many Guatemalan power outlets will be available?

  • Your hotel may offer only a single power outlet, this will be an issue if charging the batteries of multiple items such as cell phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight as you will only be able to recharge one device at a time then need to swap.
  • If you need to recharge more than one device simultaneously then we recommend using a USB wall charger or a travel power strip that can charge multiple USB ports or power outlets.

Are you intending on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

How much can you afford?

  • Cheap power adapters start at $7 which powers only one device in a single country (provided that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 120 volts), but paying around $20 means you can power multiple devices simultaneously and bring them to various different countries.

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

Do you intend on bringing hand luggage?

Are you only using hand luggage

Do you intend on bringing hand luggage?

Will you always have good access to electricity?

  • Voltage in Guatemala could sporadically fluctuate and this can potentially cause damage to your devices, use a power adapter which has surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Because Guatemala has power cuts and having partial access to power you might find that whatever power charger you bring to the country doesn't work anyway. Prepare for power cuts and limited electrical access in Guatemala by bringing a portable charger [4] and a solar backpack [16].
How long does it take to travel to Guatemala?

How long does it take to fly

How long does it take to travel to Guatemala?

  • With extended journeys it's worth thinking about bringing an airport-friendly charger that works in different outlet types, one which is light enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can top up tablets and phones just prior to a lengthy flight.
  • As not all airports actually have power outlets available think about bringing a portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. After arriving in Guatemala you could need to use your cell phone to make calls, reading emails , using mapping to find your accomodation or viewing your itinerary; so please ensure that your phone has ample charge remaining.

What can I connect to a Guatemalan power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Guatemalan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Guatemalan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Guatemalan power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Guatemalan power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Guatemalan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Guatemalan power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Guatemala, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [21].

Disclaimer

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. 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.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemala - Guatemala Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  8. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries.
  10. 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.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  17. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets