US to Chile power adapters - what plugs are used in Chile?

Chilean power outlet

What adapter do I need for Chile?

You'll need to bring a Type L plug adapter [3] to Chile if the plug you need to use doesn't fit in a Chilean power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Chile all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Chilean power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device uses then read the section below on how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • Please be aware that Chile suffers from power cuts therefore you should bring a portable charger [4] if you need to keep your cellphone and other devices fully charged whilst travelling during a power cut.
  • If you are from the US and travelling to Chile then you will need to use a plug adapter for Chile to fit a US plug into a Chilean power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Chile pack a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Chilean power outlet then you can use it in Chile without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Chilean power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Chile such a Type L plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Chile (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Chile, but but is unable to change the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Chile to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Chile if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type L plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power your USB devices such as a mobile phone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it will work with any voltage, but make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type L plug adapter otherwise you will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Chile.

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

Chile power adapters

Power adapters for Chile

When packing for a holiday to Chile it is useful to know if you'll be able to charge your common electronics when you're there. However, by not knowing which plug socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore needing to borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you're there. Varying complicated standards and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Chile. This page contains links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when travelling to Chile using their standard L or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please be aware Type L power outlets are typically used by most Chileans. Power adapters will vary regionally therefore please read the WikiConnections world power adapters guide for a complete list of destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Chile?

The best power adapter for Chile will be a Type L power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Chile?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Chile is a compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign country to correctly slot into a wall outlet in Chile.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Chile allows a visitor travelling from a different location to use their electronic and electrical appliances in Chile simply by altering the shape of the plug from one shape to another.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage in Chile?

No; a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Chilean power outlet and doesn't convert to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Chile.

Do I need a power adapter in Chile?

This will depend on the shape of plug you are using and the country you are travelling from.

Will I need a power adapter for Chile if I'm from America?

If you are travelling from the US then use a plug adapter for Chile as American plugs won't physically fit into a Chilean power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Chile to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Chile?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Chile?

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 Chile

Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type L plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Straightforward design makes it easy to operate.
  • Cheap, prices between $5 to $10.
  • Compact and light.
  • Bringing a Type L plug adapter [3] will be ideal for Chile.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • One adapter per device - for each device or appliance you wish to use you'll also need to use a separate plug adapter.
  • Should you plan to travel to more than just Chile you might need to bring multiple plug adapter types for other countries.
  • Only alters the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type L Chilean power outlet and doesn't alter the voltage, so if your device doesn't support a 220 volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage you will also need to bring a separate voltage converter.
  • Hotel rooms may only have a single wall outlet, therefore you'll only be able to charge one appliance at once.
  • If you need to power any USB device then you also need to pack a USB charger.
Travel Power Strips

Power strips have AC and USB sockets

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering more than one electical appliance or device simultaneously from only a single power outlet, costing between $35 to $40.
  • Some types of travel power strips will convert voltage for low wattage electronics. So therefore if your appliance isn't dual voltage it can still function with a Chilean power outlet by using just a travel power strip, making them a lightweight and cheaper substitute for a power converter.
  • Typical travel power strips also feature multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain countries can be unstable, a sudden surge in power might damage your electrical items. Some models also include a surge protector which will prevent your device from being overloaded.
  • When you get back home the power strip will still be of use.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Chile. (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

  • The conversion on travel power strips won't support high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners and curling irons.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be too heavy for hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be excessive for some travellers only bringing a small number of devices and appliances which need charging.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel power adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Relatively straightforward operation.
  • An all-in-one compact design which is both small and lightweight, under $20.
  • Some models have a surge protector to prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so don't get caught against other items when packed in your luggage.
  • When you return to America it will still work as a USB charger.
  • Some universal travel power adapters have USB charging ports.

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 function in Chile. You will still need to plug a universal travel adapter into a separate power plug adapter if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple items from one outlet.
  • A universal power adapter will overload when used with high power electrical appliances - for example hair straighteners, vacuum cleaners, kettles or hair dryers.
  • Universal travel power adapters lack a power converter meaning they're not suitable for non-220 volt appliances in Chile.
  • A universal travel power adapter might not be completely universal, adapters might not cover some countries with less popular power outlet types.
  • The shutters and internal moving parts could be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which could make them prone to failure.
  • Only charges one appliance.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A compact USB travel wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect if you only need to charge devices which are USB powered such as iPhones, tablets or eReaders.
  • Rather than carry multiple domestic USB power chargers travellers only need to pack one unit which costs on average under $15.
  • USB wall chargers are usually supplied with swappable heads which means they can be used in a large number of different locations. Interchangeable adapter heads are usually lightweight and small making them easy to fit into hand luggage.
  • Offers surge protection.
  • The charger should still be functional back home.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a Chilean power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power plug adapter.
  • As they only have USB ports you can't to power appliances, just USB powered ones.
Plug Adapter Sets

Plug adapter sets

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly between $15 to $20 a power adapter set typically works out more economical than buying multiple individual plug adapters costing over $15 each.
  • Covers every eventuality.
  • The most flexible option for travellers visiting different countries.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should work in Chile.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible - you'll have to choose which adapters they'll need in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each adapter type along.
  • Means lots of individual adapters to pack.
  • All remaining plug adapters will be useless using up space.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included (and especially the less common ones) - so ensure that your plug adapter set includes one which works in Chile.
  • These plug adapters only modify the actual shape of the plug and doesn't alter the voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 220 volts in Chile and won't change the shape of the plug to fit into a Chilean power outlet, so you'll still be required to use the right type of plug adapter.
  • The normal size and weight of most models of voltage converters makes them unsuitable for carry-on baggage.
  • An expensive power converter is useless when get back from Chile.
  • Often cheaper and more practical to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a much more expensive voltage converter simply to bring your existing single voltage appliance in Chile.
  • Expensive; almost $120.
  • When you travel to Chile from the US you will need one as the voltage is 220 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Chile

Type L 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 Chile Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included L 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) 5+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type L Chilean power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type L plug adapter required to fit in a Chilean 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 220 volt AC appliance in Chile 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)
Estimated price under $10 between $15 to $20 between $10 to $15 between $35 to $40 between $15 to $20 almost $100
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Chile power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Chile?

Type C and L power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Chile?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the wall socket by the two circular holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type L - You can identify the flattened hexagon shaped power socket by three adjecent holes in a line for live, neutral and ground pins. There are two different types of Type L wall socket rated for 10 and 16 amps. A 10 amp plug outlet has 4mm thick round pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart, and the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm round pins spaced 8mm apart.

Do US plugs work in Chile?

No - an American plug won't work in Chile because it doesn't fit into a Chilean power outlet without using a plug adapter. The voltage is 220 volts therefore you will need to use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Chile?

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

What frequency is used in a Chilean power outlet?

The frequency from a Chilean power outlet is 50Hz.

Is the voltage in Chile the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Chilean power outlet is 220 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your US charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you should use a power converter for Chile which allows a 120 volt US appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

Is a plug socket in Chile the same as in the US?

An American plug won't fit in a Chilean power outlet therefore use a plug adapter for Chile. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage you need to use a power converter for Chile and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

What is access to electrical power like in Chile?

Chile has 100% access to electrical power throughout the country.

Does Chile have many power outages?

Every month in parts of Chile power cuts are reported.

Do I need a portable charger for Chile?

Portable charger for charging cell phone

Do I need a portable charger for Chile?

Due to problems with the stability of electricity in Chile travellers should use alternate charging options if they want to continue using devices such as mobile phones dependably.

  • During a trip increased use of cell phones for storing calendars, taking photos, GPS, social networks and streaming videos will syphon off power before the end of the day. Beyond the simple missing photograph opportunities this can potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use a sat nav app to find your way back to accommodation. Packing a portable charger [4] for Chile lowers that risk as it allows you to keep your smart phone fully powered on the go, especially when travelling to a country with regular power outages.
  • A 10,000mAh portable charger [4] can supply enough electricity to cover over three full charges whilst a 20,000mAh power bank [14] should keep a typical cell phone powered for up to seven days.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop with a portable charger in Chile and your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then use a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying 20 Wh or more. Be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Average consumer portable chargers aren't powerful enough for use with high wattage items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] are designed for travelling to countries with regular power cuts such as Chile.
Does a solar battery charger work in Chile?

A solar bag recharging

Does a solar battery charger work in Chile?

The sunshine in Chile could be suitable for a solar power bank [17] but it is likely to take time to charge. The reduced surface area of the cells means a solar power bank will need to be kept in strong daylight for a long period of time in order to provide enough energy for a single charge cycle, which might prove difficult to constantly pack and unpack a solar power bank and wait whilst it recharges between cloud cover.

  • The larger durable panels used on a solar backpack [16] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, and should generate a smaller power when cloudy.
  • A phone which has been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a solar backpack should gradually recharge the battery during sunny spells in Chile, but could be inconvenient to have the phone continually connected in the bag during the day if it is to be needed constantly. Therefore it is recommended to plug in a regular power bank [4] to a solar backpack which can then be continuously powered up inside the bag during the day, afterwards the phone can be recharged using the power bank at any time without the bag.
  • A bag which is suitable for Chile needs to have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and can be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or greater.
  • They come in messenger, backpack and rucksack styles which makes them perfect for domestic, travel and work use. Unlike regular solid solar cells, the durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags are built to endure scratches and bending.

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)

Chile 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 Chile?

If you are travelling with more than one device and visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for Chile is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of wall outlets in Chile (L and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your model of device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Chilean trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for an adaptable power adapter like this online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Chile?

Why use a travel USB charger for Chile?

  • 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 instead of bringing multiple power chargers with you.
  • All travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them perfect if visiting multiple countries which will probably use a different outlet to Chile.
  • Good USB travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Chile.
  • USB travel chargers will accept both the 220 volts used in Chile power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that hotels in Chile might only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the worry out of visiting an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often scarce and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Chile might prove difficult and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage devices such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information read the guide on using travel appliances in Chile for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter to use with a Chilean power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive USB travel chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices draw additional power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can also be useful when returning home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Chile?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Chile 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Chile.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 Chile.

Power converters for Chile

What is a power converter for Chile?

Power converters for Chile enable travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical device with a 220 volt Chilean 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?

An expensive and bulky power converter [18] transforms the voltage of 220 volts from a Chilean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Chile.

Do I need a power converter for Chile?

When travelling to Chile from a different region ensure that the device can be used with a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [10] is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance isn't compatible with 220 volts. Read the list of world power outlets guide to discover the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are already using either a 220 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Normally devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage (such as 120 volts) and then used in a 220 volt outlet run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [10] is used.
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you wish to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [19].
  • It should be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to carry a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our comprehensive guides on travelling with curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hairdryers with Chilean power outlets , along with recommendations on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm visiting Chile from the US?

The 220 volts used in a plug outlet in Chile is different to a 110 volt US supply so you need to bring a step down power converter if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Chile?

If you need to use any 100-120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Chilean power outlet you will need to use a step down power converter [10].

What voltage is used in Chile?

Chile uses 220 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [10] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Chilean 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 Chile before plugging that into a Chilean power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt Chilean power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

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

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 device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if a device is dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the charger or on the device itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your appliance, it could also be written in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have 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 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 and number of USB powers 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 Chile?

Which type of adapter do I need for Chile?

The plug adapter or power converter that is suitable for Chile depends on various requirements, before choosing which adapter to bring we recommend using the following checklist:

How many electrical devices are you bringing to Chile?

Family need to power electronics too

How many electrical devices are you bringing to Chile?

  • List how many applicances and devices you intended on bringing with you to Chile (including tablets, laptops, cell phones, eReaders, hair straighteners and curling irons).
    • Take into account that you might own more electrical devices in the future. Are you thinking about buying a new laptop computer soon?
    • There is a growing number of USB powered rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise USB charging for their power source, the if you buy a new device it could use a USB power adapter so please check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports for these as well.
  • Are you also bringing family along who will need to charge their devices too?
What are the types of electrical devices do you need to charge with a Chilean power outlet?

Make a list of items to bring

What are the types of electrical devices do you need to charge with a Chilean power outlet?

  • There are three types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electrical devices that can be plugged into a power outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage appliances that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons or hair straighteners.
    • USB powered electrical devices that connect to a USB port - for example mobile phones and iPads.
  • When you only intend to bring along just USB powered devices you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is perfect because you'll only have to pack that single compact charger rather than packing lots of domestic chargers.
  • Travel power strips are most suited for powering and converting voltage for multiple low wattage devices of any voltage, however unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as hair straighteners) that need voltage conversion.

Do your appliances and devices work with a 220 volt power outlet?

How many power outlets will be available when you arrive in Chile?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many power outlets will be available when you arrive in Chile?

  • Accommodation in Chile might offer only a single power outlet on the wall. This will present an issue when charging multiple items such as mobile phones, tablet computers and laptops overnight as you'll only be able to charge a single device at a time then have to swap every few hours.
  • If you need to recharge multiple devices simultaneously then we suggest bringing either a travel power strip or USB wall charger that are capable of charging multiple USB ports or power outlets.
Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

Are you only charging USB items

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

  • If you intend to bring USB devices such as mobile phones or cameras to use in Chile then it is recommended to just pack a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter then you'll still need to pack your domestic USB power charger as well.

How much can you afford to pay?

  • A cheap power adapter starts from around under $10 to charge a single device from a Chilean power outlet (providing that it is dual voltage or works with 220 volts) but investing in anywhere between $15 to $20 means you can power more than one device at once and be able to use them in various different countries.

Do you plan to visit elsewhere in the future?

Do you plan on visiting countries other than Chile?

  • A simple power adapter only typically operates in the one country which it is made for, therefore if you want to travel to more than just one country then you'll need to carry additional plug adapters which in turn adds to the weight you'll have to carry.
  • Alternatively, travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are made for going to more than one country becuase of their interchangeable heads.
How long will it take to get to Chile?

Arriving at an airport

How long will it take to get to Chile?

  • If you're embarking on a long flight to get to Chile consider bringing an airport-friendly power charger that can be used with different power outlet types, one which can be carried in hand luggage and can power phones and tablets before a long flight.
  • Not all airlines and airports actually have power outlets for customers so think about using a battery portable charger [4] which will recharge on the go. When arriving in Chile you could need to rely on a phone to make a telephone call, sending emails , using mapping or viewing an itinerary; please ensure that your phone will have ample power left.
Are you intending to bring hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Are you intending to bring hand luggage?

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

What can I connect to a Chilean power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Chilean power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Chilean power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Chilean power outlet

Mobile phones that work with the Chilean power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with the Chilean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Chilean power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Chile, 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/Chile - Chilean country entry on wikipedia.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type L plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type L power outlets without converting voltage, between $5 to $10.
  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, priced at between $30 to $35.
  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, under $40.
  7. 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, under $20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, costing between $15 to $20.
  10. 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, costs between $110 to $120.
  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, under $160.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, estimated price under $25.
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, between $35 to $40.
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, estimated cost under $130.
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, priced under $90.
  17. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, priced at between $20 to $25.
  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, between $90 to $100.
  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, priced around $140.
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets