Brazil power adapters - what plugs are used in Brazil?

Brazilian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Brazil?

Use a Type N plug adapter [3] for Brazil if your plug doesn't fit in a Brazilian power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Brazil all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Brazilian power outlet. If you're unsure of which voltage your device uses then read the section on how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

Warning: Brazil uses 2 different types of voltage depending on the location - both 127 volts and 240 volts. Always ensure that you familiarise yourself with the voltage of the outlet prior to using any electrical appliance in a Brazilian power outlet. If your device won't handle the voltage you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in Brazil please check both the outlet voltage and the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation. Instructions on this page assume that you understand which voltage you will be using, however the safest option is always to ensure your device or appliance is dual voltage.

  • Expect regular power blackouts and limited access to electricity in some areas of Brazil, we suggest bringing a power bank [4] if you need to keep your phone charged whilst in an area without electricity or during a blackout.
  • If your device can run on 127 or 220 volts (depending on location) or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Brazilian power outlet then you can use it in Brazil.
  • If your device can run on 127 or 220 volts (depending on location) or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Brazilian power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Brazil such a Type N plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Brazil (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Brazil, but but is unable to change the voltage from 127 or 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 127 or 220 volts (depending on location) and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Brazil to convert the voltage from 127 or 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Brazil if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type N plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to bring one or more USB devices such as a mobile phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you choose to bring one which includes a Type N plug adapter otherwise you will also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Brazil.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 127 or 220 volts used in Brazil you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in Brazil please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Brazil power adapters

Power adapters for Brazil

If you are packing for a holiday it is helpful to know if you'll be able to power your essential gadgets when you reach your destination. By not knowing which wall socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore having to buy or borrow a suitable charger when you arrive. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Brazil. This page contains links to simple instructions showing you exactly how to charge your devices when you are in Brazil by using their Type N or C 60Hz plug outlets, Type N power outlets are used by most Brazilians. Power changes depending on which area you are travelling to therefore we suggest reading the power adapters for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Brazil?

The best power adapter for Brazil will be a Type N plug adapter [3] which allows you to use any device or appliance providing that the voltages are the same.

What is the best power adapter for Brazil?

What is a power adapter for a Brazilian power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that allow a different type of power plug on an appliance from a different country to correctly fit into a Brazilian power outlet.

Do I need a plug adapter for Brazil?

If the outlet in your home country isn't the same as the type of Brazilian power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter for Brazil do?

A power adapter for Brazil enables a visitor travelling from another location to use their electronic appliances and devices in Brazil simply by changing the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Brazil?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Brazil?

Power adapters are typically available in most major 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 but expect to pay 50% 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.

On arrival power adapters can 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.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for Brazil

Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type N plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Using a Type N plug adapter [3] will be ideal for Brazil.
  • Easy to use.
  • Compact and light.
  • Cheap, with prices starting at around $7 USD.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Should you intend on travelling to more than just one country then you might need to pack more than one type of power adapter for other countries.
  • A plug adapter only changes the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type M Brazilian power outlet but doesn't change the actual voltage used in Brazil.
  • One power adapter for each device - for every separate device or appliance you want to bring you'll also need to bring a separate plug adapter.
  • You'll also still need to pack a separate domestic USB charger if you need to charge a USB device.
  • Your hotel room might only have one wall outlet, so you'll only be able to power one device at a time.
Travel Power Strips

Power strips feature multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Able to charge several appliances and devices at once via a single Brazilian power outlet, costing around $30 USD.
  • Certain models of power strips are able to convert voltage for low wattage electronics such as laptops. Even if the electronic device isn't dual voltage it should still work with a Brazilian power outlet when using only a travel power strip, making them a cheap and lightweight alternative option to a dedicated power converter.
  • Most modern travel power strips should also feature a number of USB charging ports.
  • Offers surge protection. Voltage from power outlets in certain areas might be unstable, a sudden power surge might damage your delicate electronics. Some travel power strips will have a built in surge protector to protect your electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • The power strip can potentially still be of use back at home as a power strip.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Brazil. (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 power converter, the voltage converter on a travel power strip won't work with higher wattage appliances such as clothes irons and hair dryers.
  • Because of the weight of a power strip it might be too bulky for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive if you only have a small number of items which need powering.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with changable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal if you only have to power devices which are USB powered.
  • Instead of carrying multiple domestic power chargers you only need to pack a single unit costing around $18 USD.
  • Supplied with interchangeable heads which means they can be used in a large number of locations. Interchangeable adapter heads are typically lightweight and small which makes them easy to pack.
  • Most models will have a built in surge protector which will protect your electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The charger can still be of use back home.
  • Interchangeable heads will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in a Brazilian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB outputs so you won't be able to power any electrical appliances, just USB powered devices.
Plug Adapter Sets

Cost effective plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices around $15-$20 USD a set typically works out cheaper purchasing than buying multiple individual $7 power plug adapters for multiple trips.
  • Ensures that you are covered for all possibilities.
  • If you are visiting multiple locations this is perfect.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so will be compatible with a Brazilian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; you will need to decide which adapters to pack, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to pack every adapter type.
  • Means lots of individual items to pack.
  • The remaining plug adapters will be redundant.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included (especially less common adapters), so ensure that your set includes one that works in Brazil.
  • Only alters the shape of the plug and not the voltage.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Brazil

Type N 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 Brazil Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included N 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) 2 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type N Brazilian power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type N plug adapter required to fit in a Brazilian power outlet 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 127 or 220 volt AC appliance in Brazil 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

Brazil power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Brazil?

Type C and N power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Brazil?

There are two types of power outlets used in Brazil, these are type N and C with the primary power supply being type N:

  • Plug Type C - The power socket (technically known as the type C socket) is recognised by the two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type N - The flattened hexagon shaped plug socket, technically known as a type N power outlet, can be recognised by the three large round holes forming a flattened triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.

What is the voltage from a Brazillian power outlet?

Outlets in Brazil vary between using 127 and 220 volt power outlets depending on the area, there is no common standard.

What electrical frequency is used with a Brazilian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current found in a Brazilian power outlet is 60Hz.

Are outlets in Brazil the same as the US?

An American plug won't fit into an outlet in Brazil and depending on which area you visit in Brazil the voltage might differ to the US. Therefore you will need to bring a suitable Brazilian power adapter and also a power converter for Brazil.

Is the voltage in Brazil the same as the US?

This will depend on the area of Brazil you are visiting.

Are different voltages used in Brazil?

Depending on the location in Brazil you will find different voltages being used, from the 110 volt range to 220 volts. Hotels may have power outlets which offer both voltages, however it is advisable to call ahead to ensure both are available. For more information please use the electrical outlet page on Visit Brazil [10] for an accurate tool which lists the primary voltage used in different regions.

Which areas of Brazil use 127 volts?

The following areas use 127 volt power outlets (states are listed in bold):

  • Acre, Aiquara, Alagoinhas, Almadina, Amapá, Amazonas, Antas, Antônio Cardoso, Apauarema, Aracás, Aratuipe, Arroio do Sal, Aurélio Leal, Barra do Rocha, Belmonte, Bom Jesus da Lapa, Boquira, Brej;es, Buerarema, Cabeceiras do Paraguaçú, Cacoahaeira, Camaçari, Canavieiras, Candeias, Canoas, Capão da Canoa, Capela de Santana, Castro Alves, Catú, Cipó, Conceição da Feira, Conceição do Almeida, Copnceição do Jacuipe, Coração de Maria, Coronel João Sá, Correntina, Cravolândia, Cruz das Almas, Dário Meira, Dianópolis, Espírito Santo (certain areas of Espírito Santo use 220 volts), Firmino Alves, Floresta Azul, General Camara, Gongogi, Governador Lomanto Jr., Governador Mangabeira, Ibicaraí, Ibicui, Ibirapitanga, Ibirataia, Iguai, Ilheus, Imbê, Ipecaeta, Ipiau, Irará, Itabaiana, Itabuna, Itacaré, Itagiba, Itaju do Colonia, Itajuipe, Itanagra, Itaparica, Itape, Itapitanga, Itaquara, Itatim, Itiruçú, Itororó, Jaborandi, Jaguaquara, Jeremoabo, Jiquirica, Jitauna, Jussari, Lagedo do Tabocal, Lauro de Freitas, Madre de Deus, Maracas, Maragogipe, Mato Grosso (certain areas of Mato Grosso use 220 volts), Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Moita Bonita, Muniz Ferreira, Muritiba, Nazaré, Neópolis, Nova Canaã, Nova Itarana, Novo triunfo, Ouricangas, Pacatuba, Pará, Paraná (certain areas of Paraná use 220 volts), Paulo Afonso, Pedrão, Pedro Alexandre, Piraí do Norte, Pojuca, Porto Alegre, Própria, Rafael Jambeiro, Rio de Janeiro (certain areas of Rio de Janeiro use 220 volts), Rio Grande, Rondônia, Roraima, Salvador, Santa Cruz da Vitória, Santa Inês, Santa Luzia, Santa Maria da Vitória, Santa Terezeinha, Santana, Santanópolis, Santo Amaro, Santo Antônio de Jesus, Santo Estevão, São Desidério, São Felipe, São Felix, São Felix do Coribe, São Francisco do Conde, São José da Vitória, São Leopoldo, São Miguel das Matas, São Paulo (certain areas of São Paulo use 220 volts), Sapeaçú, Sátiro Dias, Saubara, Serra do Ramalho, Serra Preta, Sim;es Filho, Sítio do Mato, Sítio do Quino, Telha, Teodoro Sampaio, Terranova, Torres, Tramandaí, Três Cachoeiras, Três Palmeiras, Ubaíra, Urucuca, Varzedo, Vera Cruz

Which areas of Brazil use 220 volts?

The following areas use 220 volt power outlets:

  • Alagoas, Alegre, Araguaiana, Assis, Bahia (certain areas of Bahia use 127 volts), Barra das Garças, Bastos, Biritib a-Mirim, Boituva, Bora, Caçapava, Campo Limpo Paulista, Cândido Mota, Caraguatatuba, Ceará, Cocalinho, Cruzalia, Distrito Federal, Echapora, Florinea, Gaçuí, Goiás, Guarujá, Iacri, Ibirarema, Iepe, Indaiatuba, Iperó, Itupeva, Jambeiro, Joãp Ramalho, Jundiaí, Loveira, Lutécia, Maracaí, Maranhão, Mogi das Cruzes, Nova Friburgo, Oscar Bressane, Palmital, Paraguaçú, Paraíba, Paulista, Pernambuco, Piauí, Platina, Porto Feliz, Quatá, Rancharia, Ribeirão do Sul, Rinópolis, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul (certain areas of Rio Grande do Sul use 127 volts), Rio Negro, Salesópolis, Salto Grande, Santa Branca, Santa Catarina, São José dos Campos, São Sebastião, Sergipe (certain areas of Sergipe use 127 volts), Tocantins (certain areas of Tocantins use 127 volts), Tupã, Varzea Paulista, Vinhedo

For a useful list of voltages used in different regions visit the worldstandards.eu [11] page on Brazil.

Does Brazil have power outages?

Brazil suffers power blackouts on a monthly basis.

What is access to electricity like in Brazil?

Almost 5% of the population of the country doesn't have access to electricity.

Should I use a power bank in Brazil?

As electrical power isn't available in all areas of Brazil together with problems with the stability of power, visitors should use backup charging solutions if they want to continue charging devices such as phones or eReaders.

  • Whilst travelling increased use of mobile phones for storing itineraries, taking photographs, social network sharing, getting directions and streaming videos could syphon off power towards the end of the day. A flat mobile phone battery could potentially leave you without enough power to make emergency calls or being able to use a satellite navigation app to get directions to your accommodation. Packing a power bank [4] lowers the risk as it allows you to keep your smart phone powered without needing a Brazilian power outlet, especially when visiting a country with limited access to electricity and power outages in some areas.
  • Look for at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [4] which will supply enough electricity to power over three full charges whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger [14] should keep an average cell phone charged for roughly seven days depending on the model of phone and usage. The mAh value (milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of a battery and gives an indication of the number of charge cycles the portable charger is capable of, so a higher mAh is more suitable for travellers.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop with a power bank in Brazil and it uses a USB-C charging port then look for a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying at least 20 Wh.
  • Be aware that some airlines don't allow you bring batteries on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must not be kept in the hold so always ahead with the airline first.
  • Typical consumer power banks won't work with high powered items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] are ideal for travelling to locations with frequent power cuts and limited access to electricity such as Brazil.
Should I use a power bank in Brazil?
Will a solar powered charger work in Brazil?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

Will a solar powered charger work in Brazil?

The sunshine in Brazil should be adequate enough to charge solar power bank [17] reliability, but needs to be left in strong sunshine to produce enough power for a single charge. This might prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The much larger panels found on a solar backpack [16] give the bag the ability to generate more power within a faster period of time and might generate charge when cloudy, making them ideal for the climate in Brazil.
  • Phones which are plugged directly into a USB port of a backpack should trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in Brazil, but might be inconvenient to have it continually connected to the bag if it is to be used frequently. Therefore it is recommended to plug a normal power bank [4] to a solar backpack which can then be constantly topped up inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards the phone can be recharged using the power bank without needing the bag.
  • Although the sunlight in Brazil is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate at least 6 watts of energy and can be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or greater.
  • The flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to endure bending and scratching, unlike regular firm solar cells. They come in backpack, messenger and rucksack styles making them ideal for work, domestic and travel.

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)

Brazil 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 Brazil?

When you are travelling with more than just one device or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Brazil to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. There are two different standards of wall outlets in Brazil (types N and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Because you are only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for recharging your devices at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Brazil?

Why use a travel USB charger for Brazil?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only packing a single USB wall charger rather than bringing numerous chargers.
  • Most travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types making them suitable when visiting other countries which will probably use different standards to Brazil.
  • Good chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace in Brazil.
  • USB chargers will accept the 127 or 220 volt power outlets in Brazil and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that accommodation or hotel bedrooms in Brazil might only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Brazil could prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in multiple low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances with a Brazilian power outlet for useful advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Brazilian power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets could require more than the normal 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices require additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB chargers can also be useful by charging multiple mobile phones every day using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Brazil?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Brazil and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Brazil.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Brazil.

Power converters for Brazil

Do I need a power converter if I'm visiting Brazil from America?

Because there are two different types of voltage used in Brazil in different areas we recommend bringing a power converter as this will allow you to use your 110 volt appliances with any power outlets which use the 220 volts found in Brazil.

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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.
What voltage is my appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my appliance?

The easiest method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug or on the unit itself, typically near to where the power cord plugs into. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also state in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have 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 larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

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 Brazil?

Deciding which type of electrical adapter you need for Brazil

The type of plug adapter or power converter which is suitable for Brazil will depend on your requirements, so before choosing the right adapter to bring we suggest using this checklist:

How many electrical items will you be bringing to Brazil?

Children might need to recharge devices

How many electrical items will you be bringing to Brazil?

  • Trying counting how many devices and applicances you'll need to bring to Brazil (such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops, eReaders, hair straighteners or curling irons).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more electrical devices at a later date. Are you thinking about purchasing a new tablet computer soon?
    • There are an increasing number of USB powered rechargeable devices such as electric shavers which utilise USB as their power source. Therefore next time you replace a device it might use a USB adapter so check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these as well.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who might need to charge their phones?

What are the different types of electrical devices do you need to use in Brazil?

  • There are 3 types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic items that plug into an electrical outlet - for example laptops and cameras.
    • High wattage appliances that plug into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons and hair dryers.
    • USB devices that charge with a USB port - for example phones.
  • When you only intend to take just USB powered devices then a travel USB charger is ideal as you'll only need to bring that single charger .
  • Travel power strips are built for providing power and converting voltage for several low wattage devices, however unsuitable for high wattage appliances that require voltage conversion.
Will you only be charging USB devices?

Are you only bringing USB items

Will you only be charging USB devices?

Is Brazil the only location you intend to visit?

  • Single power adapters will typically only operate in a single country which they are made for, so if you want to travel to more than a single country then you may need to bring additional power adapters which can add to the weight you have to pack.
  • On the other hand universal travel adapters and travel USB wall chargers are perfect for visiting more than one country becuase of the inclusion of interchangeable heads.
How many Brazilian power outlets will be available?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many Brazilian power outlets will be available?

  • The accommodation in Brazil may only offer one wall outlet, this will present a problem when recharging the batteries of more than one electronic device overnight as you'll only be able to recharge a single device at a time after each device has finished charging.
  • To charge multiple devices simultaneously we suggest using a travel power strip or USB wall charger which can charge multiple USB ports and outlets.

Are you intending on visiting anywhere else abroad in the future?

Will the area of Brazil you are staying in have reliable access to electrical power?

  • Power might often fluctuate in Brazil and this can potentially cause damage to your devices, so you will need to look for a power adapter which has surge protection built in such as a travel power strip.
  • Due to Brazil suffering with power outages and having partial access to power in certain regions you might find that whatever power charger you use won't work anyway. Packing a portable charger [4] or a solar backpack [16] will prepare you for a power cut and areas of limited electricity coverage.

Would you like to use your charger when returning to America?

Do you bringing just hand luggage?

Are you only using hand luggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage?

Are you flying long haul to get to Brazil?

Using a phone after a long haul flight

Are you flying long haul to get to Brazil?

  • For extended journeys think about an appropriate charger which is perfect for airports that works in different outlet types, one that can be packed in carry-on luggage and can charge phones and tablets.
  • Because not all airlines have power outlets we recommend bringing a battery portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. When arriving you could need to use your mobile phone for making calls, sending texts, using sat nav or reading your itinerary; therefore please ensure that your phone will have enough battery power left.

What can I connect to a Brazilian power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Brazilian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Brazilian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Brazilian power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to a Brazilian power outlet

Apple iPhones that can connect to a Brazilian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Brazilian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Brazilian power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Brazil, 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 [20].

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/Brazil - Wikipedia entry about Brazil.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type N plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type N 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. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries.
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  10. http://visitbrasil.com/en/informacoes-essenciais/electricity.html - Visit Brazil
  11. https://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plug-voltage-by-country/brazil/ - worldstandards.eu
  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. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets