US to Argentina power adapters - what kind of plug adapter do I need for Argentina?

Argentinean power outlet

What adapter do I need for Argentina?

You'll need to pack a Type I plug adapter 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 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. 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[3]

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 planning a vacation it's useful to know if you can use any common electronics when you arrive. By not knowing which power socket to expect you could pack the wrong power charger, meaning having to borrow a potentially expensive adaptor when you're there. Complicated combinations of standards and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Argentina. This page has links to step-by-step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're travelling to Argentina by using their standard I or C type Argentinean 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Argentines normally use Type I plugs in their plug outlets. When travelling you'll discover that power adapters will vary regionally therefore please read the Wiki Connections world power adapters guide where you'll find a full list of charging devices in different regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Argentina?

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

What is the best power adapter for Argentina?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and cheap plastic adapters that allow an Argentinean power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country. [5]

Do I need a power adapter for Argentina?

This will depend on the shape of plug you are using in Argentina and the location you are travelling from.

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

If you are travelling from the US you will need to use a plug adapter for Argentina as a US plug won't fit in an Argentinean power outlet, and because the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to bring a power converter for Argentina if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

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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 own electrical appliances in Argentina by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

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

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Argentinean power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device you will also need to bring a step down power converter along with the correct type of adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Argentina in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Argentina in the US

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

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

Where to buy a power adapter in Argentina

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Argentina

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

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

Electrical adapters for Argentina

Travel Power Strips

Travel power strip including plug 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 under $40.
  • 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.

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. [6]
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 will be ideal for Argentina.
  • Simple to operate.
  • Cheap, prices under $15.
  • 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. [3]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel wall charger

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 which costs roughly around $15.
  • Supplied with swappable heads meaning they can be used in a large number of different locations. The interchangeable adapter heads are usually small and lightweight which makes them easy to fit into hand luggage.
  • Offers a built in surge protector.
  • When you get back to America it should still be useful.
  • The interchangeable heads fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work in Argentina.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB outputs so you won't be able to charge any appliances, just USB devices. [7]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel power adapter

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 between $15 to $20.
  • Some models will include multiple USB charging ports built in.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • There are some models that have a surge protector, this will protect your device from being overloaded by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The pins retract so don't catch against other items in your baggage.
  • When you return to America it could still be functional as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit in an Argentinean power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Cannot be used with any high power electrical appliances such as hair straighteners, clothes irons, vacuum cleaners, kettles or hair dryers.
  • Pins, shutters and internal moving parts could be fragile on some models making them likely to fail when travelling.
  • Can only provide power to a single appliance.
  • Not completely universal; adapters might not cover certain countries with less common power outlet types.
  • They lack a built in power converter meaning they're not suitable for electrical devices which don't support 220 volts. [8]
Plug Adapter Sets

Plug adapter sets

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly between $15 to $20 a set will typically work out more economical than buying individual power plug adapters costing almost $10 each.
  • Ensures you are covered for all eventualities and not just an Argentinean power outlet.
  • Perfect for anyone 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

  • Not flexible - prior to any trip you will need to choose 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 plug adapter types are typically included (and especially rarer adapters) - so ensure that your set has one which works with an Argentinean power outlet.
  • Each adapter only modifies the shape of the plug to allow it to fit in an Argentinean power outlet but not the actual voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter has surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It only changes the 220 volts in Argentina and won't change the shape of the plug to slot in a Argentinean power outlet, therefore you'll still be required to pack a suitable plug adapter.
  • The typical weight of most models of voltage converters makes them unsuitable for packing in carry-on luggage.
  • A power converter won't be of any use after your trip to Argentina.
  • Usually better value and more practical to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy an expensive voltage converter simply to use your existing appliance abroad.
  • Expensive - almost $120.
  • If you are travelling from the US visiting Argentina then you will need one as the voltage in Argentina 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)
Estimated price under $15 between $15 to $20 between $15 to $20 between $35 to $40 between $15 to $20 almost $100
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 types of power supply used in Argentina, types I and C with the primary power supply being type I:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this power outlet by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type I - This plug outlet, technically called a type I power outlet, can be recognised by 3 thin slots in a triangle pattern with a single vertical pin at the base and the top two slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and ground blades. [3]

Do US plugs work in Argentina?

No; an American plug won't work in Argentina because it can't fit into an Argentinean power outlet without the use of a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 220 volts therefore use a power converter for Argentina if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

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

The frequency in an Argentinean power outlet is 50Hz. [11]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country

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.

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

The voltage which comes from an Argentinean power outlet is 220 volts, but 120 volts is used in the US. If your US appliance or power charger can't handle dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for an Argentinean power outlet which allows a 120 volt US appliance to work with a 220 volt outlet.

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How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Argentina?

Use a step down power converter should you need to use a 110V appliance in Argentina.

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Is there good access to electricity in Argentina?

The entire population of Argentina has access to electricity.

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Are there many power outages in Argentina?

Argentina reports power blackouts around once a month.

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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 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 will store enough electricity to power around three full days of mobile phone use and a 20,000mAh portable charger 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 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 or gas hair straighteners can be used for travelling to areas with frequent power cuts such as Argentina.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Should I bring a power bank to Argentina?
Will a solar battery charger work in Argentina?

A solar bag

Will a solar battery charger work in Argentina?

The sunlight in Argentina might be suitable conditions for a solar power bank 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 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 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.  [4] [17] [18]

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. 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 which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis. [7]

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 perfect.
  • 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. [7]

What is the best USB charger for Argentina?

A 4 port USB travel charger 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. [7]

Power converters for Argentina

What does a power converter for Argentina do?

A power converter 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 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. [19]

Do I need a power converter for Argentina?

When travelling to Argentina from a different country please double check the device can be used with a 220 volt power supply.

  • You need a step down power converter if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device isn't compatible with 220 volts. Read the WikiConnections world power outlets page to discover the voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage appliance that works with 220 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and then used with 220 volts run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard unless a step down power converter is used.
  • You don't need a power converter if you need to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or mobile phone as these are typically designed for international use and support dual voltage, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • If powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as hair straighteners and curling irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter to allow it to be used with a 220 volt Argentinean power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read these travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair dryers and flat irons with an Argentinean power outlet , along with recommendations on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]

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

The 220 volts from a plug outlet in Argentina is different to an 110 volt American supply so you will need to bring a step down power converter if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage. [10]

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What converter do I need for Argentina?

If you wish to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Argentina you need to buy 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 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. [10]

What voltage does Argentina use?

Argentina uses 220 volts in their power outlets. [2]

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https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
How to tell the voltage of my device

Dual voltage hair dryer

How to tell the voltage of my device

The easiest way to see if your appliance is either dual or single voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the power adapter, or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance but should also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could say a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Substantiations

See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters (October 2018).

What type of adapter do you need for Argentina?

Which type of adapter will you need to bring to Argentina?

The power converter or plug adapter that is suitable for Argentina depends on your requirements, so prior choosing which adapter to use we suggest using the following checklist:

How many devices will you be packing for Argentina?

How many devices will you be 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 types of electrical devices do you want to use with an Argentinean power outlet?

A USB powered phone

What types of electrical devices do you want to use with an Argentinean power outlet?

  • There are three types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electronic devices that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage appliances which plug into a power outlet - for example curling irons and hair straighteners.
    • USB electrical devices that plug into a USB port - for example cellphones or Kindles.
  • When you only want to take just USB powered devices to Argentina you'll find that a travel USB wall charger is ideal because you'll only have to bring one charger rather than packing multiple domestic chargers.
  • A travel power strip is made for powering and converting voltage for many low wattage devices, but won't work with high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) that need voltage conversion and could potentially overload it.
Are you only charging USB devices in Argentina?

Will you only bring USB devices

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?

How many power outlets will be 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. [6]

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 multiple countries becuase of their interchangeable heads.

Are you planning on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

What is your budget?

  • Basic power adapters start at under $10 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 between $15 to $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?

How long will it take to fly

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 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. [4]

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 travellers 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[21]

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

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

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Argentina.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type I plug adapter - Type I plug adapters use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, costs between $10 to $15.
  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, costing between $45 to $50.
  5. Wikipedia - 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20.
  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, around $15.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, priced at 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 under $120.
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, priced under $190.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, between $20 to $25.
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, costing between $30 to $35.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, between $45 to $50.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, estimated price between $120 to $130.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, priced at between $90 to $100.
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, estimated cost between $20 to $25.
  19. 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.
  20. 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, costing between $160 to $170.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -