Argentina power adapters - what plugs are used in Argentina?

Argentinean power outlet

What adapter do I need for Argentina?

You'll need to pack a Type I plug adapter [3] for Argentina if the plug you intend to use doesn't fit into an Argentinean power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Argentina will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in an Argentinean power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device can use then read the section below on how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • Please be warned that Argentina has power blackouts, it is advised to pack a portable charger [4] if you wish to recharge your mobile phone during a power cut.
  • If you are planning on travelling to Argentina from the US you will need to use a power adapter for Argentina to fit a US plug into an Argentinean power outlet. As the voltage is different in Argentina you also need to bring a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in an Argentinean power outlet then you can use it in Argentina.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in an Argentinean power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Argentina such a Type I plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Argentina (or power adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Argentina, but won't change the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Argentina to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Argentina if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type I plug adapter.
  • If you want to power your USB devices such as a tablet or a cellphone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you bring one which has a Type I plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Argentina.

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

Argentina power adapters

Power adapters for Argentina

If you are packing for a trip to Argentina it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your devices like cell phones or tablets when you arrive. But by not knowing which wall socket is used in Argentina you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you're there that might be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Varying complicated standards and plug types can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Argentina. This page contains links to useful instructions demonstrating how to supply power to your devices when travelling to Argentina using the types I or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note Type I plug outlets are normally used by most Argentineans. Most power will change regionally therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Argentina?

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

What is the best power adapter for Argentina?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and cheap plastic adapters that permit an Argentinean power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

Do I need a power adapter for Argentina?

It depends on which location you are travelling from and the type of plug you want to use.

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

An American plug won't fit in an Argentinean power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Argentina, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Argentina to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter for an Argentinean power outlet do?

A power adapter for an Argentinean power outlet allows a visitor from another country to use their electrical appliances in Argentina by adapting the shape of the plug to fit the power socket.

Does a power adapter convert the voltage from an Argentinean power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Argentinean power outlet and doesn't convert to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance then you also need a more expensive step down power converter for Argentina.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Argentina?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Argentina?

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 Argentina

Travel Power Strips

Travel power strips including adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is capable of charging more than one appliance at once using just a single Argentinean power outlet, costs on average $30 USD.
  • Certain models will convert voltage for low wattage devices. So therefore if the device isn't dual voltage it can still function in Argentina when using a travel power strip. This makes them a lightweight cheap substitute for a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Most models should feature multiple USB charging ports.
  • Voltage from power grids in certain countries might fluctuate, a sudden surge in power could damage delicate electrical items. There are some models that have a surge protector, this will protect your device from being overloaded by unstable power grids.
  • A power strip will potentially be of use domestically.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Argentina. (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 power converter on a travel power strip doesn't support high wattage appliances such as curling irons and hair straighteners.
  • Due to the size of a travel power strip it might not be suitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips could be excessive if you only bring a small number of devices and appliances to power.
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type I plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Bringing a Type I plug adapter [3] will be ideal for Argentina.
  • Simple to operate.
  • Cheap, prices starting at around $7 USD.
  • Lightweight and compact.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Should you plan on visiting more than just Argentina then you may need to bring along more than one type of power adapter.
  • Only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Type I Argentinean power outlet but doesn't modify the voltage used in Argentina. So if your appliance doesn't support a 220 volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need to bring a separate voltage converter.
  • A single plug adapter for each plug - for every device or appliance you'll also need to use a separate power plug adapter.
  • Accomodation in Argentina might only have a single wall outlet available, so you will only be able to charge a single device at once.
  • You'll also need to pack your separate domestic USB charger if you wish to charge any USB device.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with changable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect when you only have to charge USB devices, for example iPads, cell phones and Kindles.
  • Instead of bringing lots of domestic power chargers travellers only need to bring a single charger costing around $18 USD.
  • Chargers are usually supplied with interchangeable adapter heads making them useful in a large number of countries. Interchangeable adapter heads which are supplied with USB wall chargers are typically lightweight and small making them easy to store.
  • Most models will have a surge protector.
  • It can still be functional back home.
  • Swappable heads will fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work with an Argentinean power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB ports so you can't to power electrical appliances, only USB powered ones.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Universal adapters work in multiple countries

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Useful for travelling to multiple countries. Typical universal travel adapters function in over 150 different countries.
  • All in one design. Both lightweight and small for around $15 USD.
  • There are some models that have charging ports for USB electronics built in.
  • Relatively easy to use.
  • Some models will include a surge protector built in to prevent any electronics from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • The retractable pins won't get caught against other items when packed in baggage.
  • It could still be functional back at home as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will work with an Argentinean power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • A universal travel adapter must not be used with a high powered appliance; for example clothes irons, microwaves, kettles, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • The internal moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel adapters which could make them prone to jamming on your trip.
  • Only provide power to one plug.
  • A universal travel power adapter might not work in some countries, some models might not work in some countries with less popular outlets.
  • Lacking an in-built power converter will mean it isn't suitable for non-220 volts appliances in Argentina.
Plug Adapter Sets

A comprehensive plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are around $15-$20 USD a power adapter set typically works out cheaper buying than buying individual $7 power plug adapters.
  • Ensures you are covered for all possibilities and not just an Argentinean power outlet.
  • Perfect if you are travelling to multiple countries.
  • Each set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so should be suitable with an Argentinean power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve some planning - prior to any trip you will need to decide which plug adapters to bring in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring every power adapter type along.
  • Means lots of individual items to pack.
  • Having only a single compatible power adapter working in Argentina the remaining plug adapters will be useless.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included (and especially rarer adapters) - so ensure that your set has one which works with an Argentinean power outlet.
  • Only changes the actual shape of the plug and not the actual voltage.
Voltage Converters

Larger voltage converters

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A power converter only changes the 220 volts from a Argentinean power outlet and not the actual shape of the plug to fit into a Argentinean power outlet, you will still need to use the right type of power adapter for Argentina.
  • The size and weight of voltage converters makes them impractical for carry-on luggage.
  • Useless when returning to America.
  • It is often cheaper to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase a much more expensive power converter just in order to bring your existing single voltage appliance in an incompatible country.
  • Expensive - on average $128 USD.
  • If you plan to travel to Argentina from America you will require a power converter as the voltage is 220 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Argentina

Type I 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 Argentina Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included I 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) 20+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type I Argentinean power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type I plug adapter required to fit in an Argentinean power outlet 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 Argentina 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

Argentina power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Argentina?

Type C and I power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Argentina?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Argentina, these are type I and C with the primary power outlets being type I:

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded plug outlet, technically called the type C socket or Europlug, can be recognised by 2 round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type I - You can identify the power outlet by the three slots for the live, neutral and earth.

Do US plugs work in Argentina?

No - a US plug won't work in Argentina because it can't fit in an Argentinean power outlet without using a plug adapter. The voltage is 220 volts therefore you need to use a power converter for Argentina if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

What is the electrical frequency used in an Argentinean power outlet?

The frequency of the current from an Argentinean power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is an Argentinean power outlet the same as in the US?

A US plug won't fit in an Argentinean power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Argentina. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Argentina and ensure that it works with a 50hz power supply.

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

The voltage in Argentina is 220 volts, whereas Americans use 120 volts. If your American power charger or appliance won't handle dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for an Argentinean power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Argentina?

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

Is there good access to electricity in Argentina?

The entire population of Argentina has access to electricity.

Are there many power outages in Argentina?

Argentina reports power blackouts around once a month.

Should I bring a power bank to Argentina?

Due to problems with the stability of power in Argentina travellers should pack backup charging options if they want to continue using devices such as phones or tablets.

  • During a trip increased reliance on mobile phones for taking pictures, storing itineraries, social network sharing, sat nav and web browsing will syphon off power before the end of the day. A flat cell phone battery can potentially leave you stranded without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use a satellite navigation app to find your way back to accommodation.
  • Using a portable charger [4] lowers that risk as it means you can keep your mobile phone fully powered on the move, especially when visiting a location with power outages.
  • A 10,000mAh portable charger [4] will store enough electricity to power around three full days of mobile phone use and a 20,000mAh portable charger [14] should keep a typical cell phone powered for roughly 7 days. The mAh rating (milli ampere-hours) describes the capacity of a battery giving an indication of the number of charges the portable charger can do, therefore a higher rating is better for travellers.
  • If you need to charge your laptop with a portable charger and it has a USB-C charging port then use a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh. However be aware that some airlines don't allow you take power banks on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must be kept in hand luggage only so please check ahead with the airline.
  • Average consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] can be used for travelling to areas with frequent power cuts such as Argentina.
Should I bring a power bank to Argentina?
Will a solar battery charger work in Argentina?

Solar bags will recharge most USB devices

Will a solar battery charger work in Argentina?

The sunlight in Argentina might be suitable conditions for a solar power bank [17] but it could take time to recharge. Due to the compact surface area of the cells a solar power bank needs to be kept in strong daylight for long periods of time to produce enough energy for a single charge cycle, and this might prove inconvenient to continually pack and unpack a solar power bank and wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the much larger durable cells found on a solar backpack [16] will give the bag the ability to create more power within a shorter period of time.
  • A device that has been plugged directly into the USB port of a solar backpack should trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Argentina, but this might prove inconvenient to have the phone continuously tethered to the bag during the day if it is to be needed frequently. A normal power bank [4] plugged into a solar backpack can be constantly powered up during sunlight, afterwards the phone can be powered up from the power bank without the bag.
  • A bag that is suitable for Argentina should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate at least 6 watts of power and includes a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • They are available in laptop messenger, backpack and rucksack styles which makes them ideal for work, travel and domestic use.
  • Unlike normal firm solar panels, the durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags have been designed to endure bending and scratching.

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)

Argentina 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 Argentina?

If you are travelling with more than one device or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Argentina is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. Argentineans use two different types of wall outlets (types I and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your device supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Argentina?

Why use a travel USB charger for Argentina?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the size of your luggage by only needing to bring a single USB wall charger instead of bringing several individual USB chargers along.
  • All travel USB chargers will include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is suitable if travelling to other countries across South America which will probably use different outlets to Argentina.
  • A good USB charger is lightweight, compact and rugged; ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing along a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Argentina.
  • USB chargers can accept the 220 volts used in Argentina power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel bedrooms in Argentina only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is perect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Argentina could prove difficult and expensive.
  • Premium USB chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to use low wattage devices such as laptops, but be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our guide on using travel appliances in Argentina for helpful advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with an Argentinean power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets might require more than the standard 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices require extra power.
  • Travel USB chargers can still be useful when returning home by recharging multiple cellphones every day using only one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Argentina?

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

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Argentina using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Argentina.

Power converters for Argentina

What does a power converter for Argentina do?

A power converter for Argentina enables you to use a 100-120 volt electrical device with a 220 volt Argentinean 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 power adapter?

A heavy and bulky power converter [18] will convert a 220 volt Argentinean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Argentina.

Do I need a power converter for Argentina?

If you are visiting Argentina from another country ensure that your device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [10] is needed if you are visiting Argentina from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 220 volts. Read the WikiConnections world power outlets page to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already use either a 220 volt appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed for a lower voltage such as 120 volts and used in a 220 volt power outlet run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [10] is used.
  • You don't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a laptop as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair dryers or clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [19] to allow it to be used with a 220 volt Argentinean power outlet.
  • Buying a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than bringing a heavier high wattage power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance in Argentina.
  • For more information read our comprehensive guides on how to use curling irons, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers with an Argentinean power outlet which includes guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Argentina from the US?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Argentina is different to a 110 volt US outlet, therefore bring a step down power converter if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Argentina?

If you wish to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Argentina you need to use a step down power converter [10].

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

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power transformer and a 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.

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 an 220 volt Argentinean 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 Argentina before plugging that into an Argentinean 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 an 220 volt Argentinean power outlet.

What voltage does Argentina use?

Argentina uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets.

How to tell the voltage of my device

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How to tell the voltage of my device

A simple method to tell if a device is dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a large 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 Argentina?

Which type of electrical adapter to bring to Argentina

The type of plug adapter which is suitable for Argentina depends on various requirements. Before deciding the right one to bring we recommend reading through this checklist:

How many devices will you be packing for Argentina?

How many electrical devices are you packing

How many devices will you be packing for Argentina?

  • List how many devices and applicances you intended on bringing to Argentina (such as laptops, cell phones, tablets, eReaders, curling irons and hair straighteners).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more devices at a later date. Do you intend on purchasing a new laptop computer next year?
    • There are a growing number of smaller rechargeable devices such as electric shavers that utilise USB for their power charging source. The if you buy a new device it might need a USB adapter so please check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these additional items as well.
  • Are you also bringing a partner to Argentina that might need to recharge their devices as well?
What different types of electrical devices do you need to charge?

A USB powered phone

What different types of electrical devices do you need to charge?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electrical items which plug into a power outlet - for example cameras or laptops.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons or hair dryers.
    • USB powered devices which charge using a USB port - for example mobile phones.
  • Should you only intend to bring along just USB powered devices then a simple travel USB charger is perfect as you will only need to pack that single lightweight charger along with your existing charging cables rather than having to pack a collection of domestic chargers.
  • Travel power strips are ideal for providing power and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices of any voltage (such as a laptop), but unsuitable for high wattage appliances which require voltage conversion.
Are you only charging USB devices in Argentina?

Will you only bring USB electronics

Are you only charging USB devices in Argentina?

Do your devices only work with 220 volt power outlets?

How many wall outlets are available when you get to Argentina?

Are multiple outlets available

How many wall outlets are available when you get to Argentina?

  • A hotel in Argentina might only offer a single power outlet. This could be a problem if recharging multiple electronic items such as tablets, cell phones or cameras overnight as you can only recharge one device at a time after each device has finished recharging.
  • Should you need to recharge multiple devices at the same time then look to packing a travel USB wall charger or a travel power strip which are capable of powering multiple USB ports and power outlets.

Is Argentina the only place you'll be visiting?

  • Simple plug adapters will only typically operate in the one country which they are designed for, therefore if you plan on visiting more than just one country you may need to pack additional plug adapters which can add to the number of adapters you have to carry.
  • Alternatively, universal travel adapters and travel USB wall chargers are made for travelling to more than one country due to the interchangeable head system.

Are you planning on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

What is your budget?

  • Basic power adapters start at $7 which will charge one device in only a single location (provided that is compatible with 220 volts or it is dual voltage), but paying roughly $20 means you can charge multiple devices at once and be able to use them in various countries.

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

Are you planning to travel with hand luggage?

Are you only using hand luggage

Are you planning to travel with hand luggage?

Are you flying long haul to get to Argentina?

Making a call arriving at an airport

Are you flying long haul to get to Argentina?

  • If you are taking a long journey to get to Argentina it's worth considering a convenient charger which is ideal for airports that can be used with different power outlet types, one that can be packed in hand luggage and can quickly top up tablets and phones right prior to an extensive journey.
  • Because not all airports and planes have power outlets available for travellers please consider bringing a battery portable charger [4] for recharging on the move. When arriving you could need to rely on your cell phone for making a telephone call, using sat nav to find your accomodation or recalling itineraries - therefore please ensure that your phone has enough power remaining.

What can I connect to an Argentinean power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to an Argentinean power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Argentinean power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Argentinean power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to an Argentinean power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to the Argentinean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Argentinean power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Argentinean power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Argentinean power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Argentina, 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/Argentina - Wikipedia entry about Argentina.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type I plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type I 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 down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets