Ecuador power adapters - what plugs are used in Ecuador?

Ecuadorian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Ecuador?

You'll need to pack a Type B plug adapter [3] for Ecuador if your plug doesn't fit into an Ecuadorian power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Ecuador will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in an Ecuadorian power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then please read the section about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • Be prepared for frequent power blackouts and limited access to power in certain areas of Ecuador, it is advised to bring a power bank [4] if you wish to keep your mobile phone battery charged whilst in a region without electricity or during a power cut.
  • If you are planning on travelling to Ecuador from America then you will not need a power adapter or power converter. One recommendation however is to use a USB travel power adapter as it allows you to power more than one device with only one power charger.
  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in an Ecuadorian power outlet then it should work in Ecuador without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in an Ecuadorian power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Ecuador such a Type B plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Ecuador (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Ecuador, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 120 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 120 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Ecuador to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Ecuador if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power your USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring one which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Ecuador.

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

Ecuador power adapters

Power adapters for Ecuador

Varying different voltages 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 sockets being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Ecuador. This page has links to simple instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're in Ecuador using the B or A type Ecuadorian 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. Most power adapters will vary from region to region so please read the WikiConnections world power adapters guide for a complete list of charging devices in different destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Ecuador?

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

What is the best power adapter for Ecuador?

What is a power adapter for an Ecuadorian power outlet?

A power adapter for Ecuador is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that allows a different shaped power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly slot into an electrical outlet in Ecuador.

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

Do I need a power adapter in Ecuador?

If the shape of the Ecuadorian power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter for Ecuador if I'm from the US?

An American plug does not require an adapter because it can fit into an Ecuadorian power outlet.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter allows a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances and devices in Ecuador simply by altering the shape of the power plug to fit the wall outlet.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from an Ecuadorian power outlet?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 120 volt Ecuadorian power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use a 220, 230 or 240 volt device you also need to bring a step up power converter for Ecuador.

Ecuador power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Ecuador?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Ecuador?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the wall socket by the two thin slots next to each other.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise the wall socket by the two thin slots for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the earth pin.

Do US plugs work in Ecuador?

Yes, a US plug will work with an Ecuadorian power outlet so doesn't need a power converter or power adapter.

What frequency is used in Ecuador?

The frequency found in an Ecuadorian power outlet is 60Hz.

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

A US plug will fit into outlets in Ecuador, both the frequency and voltage range are the identical to America.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Ecuador?

A step up power converter will allow you to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Ecuador.

Is the voltage in Ecuador the same as the US?

The voltage in Ecuador is exactly the same as in America.

Does Ecuador have power outages?

Typically Ecuador suffers power cuts around once a month.

What is access to electrical power in Ecuador like?

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

Do I need a power bank for Ecuador?

A USB portable charger

Do I need a power bank for Ecuador?

As electric isn't available to 100% of the population of Ecuador combined with potential power outages, visitors should pack backup charging solutions if they need to continue charging devices such as mobile phones or tablets.

  • Whilst travelling to Ecuador increased use of mobile phones for storing itineraries, taking pictures, getting directions, social networks and web browsing could syphon off power excessively. A flat mobile phone battery can potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use satellite navigation to find your way back to hotel. Packing a portable charger [4] for Ecuador lowers that risk as it means you can keep your smart phone fully powered on the move, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to electricity and power cuts in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank [4] will store enough energy to power around 3 full charges and a 20,000mAh portable charger [9] should keep an average mobile phone charged for around 7 days depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • If you need to charge your laptop in Ecuador and your laptop has a USB-C charging port then pack a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying at least 20 Wh. Be aware that some airlines prohibit power banks on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Consumer portable chargers aren't designed for high powered items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] can be used for travelling to locations with power cuts and a lack of access to electricity like Ecuador.
Do solar battery chargers work in Ecuador?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Do solar battery chargers work in Ecuador?

The daylight in Ecuador should be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [12] reliability, however it will need to be left in strong sunlight in order to produce adequate energy for a single charge. It may prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • The bigger cells found on a solar backpack [11] give the backpack the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time, meaning they should perform well in Ecuador.
  • A phone which has been plugged directly into the USB charging port of a backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Ecuador, but this might be inconvenient to have it continually tethered to the bag should it be used frequently. Unlike a small solar power bank which needs unpacking and facing sunlight, a solar powered backpack is continually exposed to sunlight so can be charging a regular power bank [4] during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in Ecuador is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • Unlike regular rigid solar panels, the flexible and durable cells used in solar powered bags have been designed to endure scratching and bending. They come in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles which makes them perfect for work, travel and domestic use.

Sources

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

Ecuador 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 Ecuador?

If travelling with more than just one device and visiting more than one country the best travel power adapter for Ecuador is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. There are two different types of wall outlets in Ecuador (B and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters and additional support for certain power hungry devices. Having a four port adapter will also allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers on your Ecuadorian trip or occupying 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. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers with just a single plug socket.

If you travel to Ecuador we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

What USB charger do I need for Ecuador?

Why use a travel USB charger for Ecuador?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only packing a single USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple individual power chargers with you.
  • All travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions thereby making them perfect if travelling to multiple countries which are likely to use a different outlet to Ecuador.
  • A good charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing along a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace or repair in Ecuador.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 120 volt power outlets in Ecuador along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Ecuador only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, therefore 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 charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Ecuador might prove difficult and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to power multiple low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See the section on using travel appliances in Ecuador for helpful advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with an Ecuadorian power outlet.
  • Certain tablets and mobile phones might require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from 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 need additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Ecuador?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Ecuador and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Ecuador.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 just 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Ecuador.

Power converters for Ecuador

What is a power converter for Ecuador?

A power converter for Ecuador enables travellers to use a 220-240 volt electrical device with a 120 volt Ecuadorian 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 for Ecuador?

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet in Ecuador, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [14] will transform a 120 volt Ecuadorian power outlet to work with a non-120 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Ecuador?

If travelling to Ecuador from a different country please ensure that your device can accept a 120 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [15] if you are travelling from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance isn't compatible with 120 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 120 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts and then used with 120 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up. If your device charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Ecuador from a different region then check that it can be used with a 120 volt power supply or you will need a step up power converter [15].
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you need 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.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16].
  • Investing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance might be more cost effective and practical than bringing a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in Ecuador.
  • For more information read these travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hairdryers and hair straighteners in Ecuador , along with guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for Ecuador if I'm from America?

You won't need to bring a power converter as the voltage from an Ecuadorian power outlet is in the same 100-120 volt range as America.

What converter do I need for Ecuador?

If you wish to use any 220-240 volt appliance with a 120 volt Ecuadorian power outlet you will need to use a step up power converter [15].

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

Voltage converter

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

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

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

How to convert 120 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [15] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with an 120 volt Ecuadorian 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 Ecuador before plugging that into an Ecuadorian power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with an 120 volt Ecuadorian power outlet.

What voltage does Ecuador use?

Ecuador uses 120 volts in their normal power outlets.

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if a device is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the appliance itself, normally on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location might vary depending on the make and model of your device but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could 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 normally say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

What can I connect to an Ecuadorian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to an Ecuadorian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Ecuadorian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Ecuadorian power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to an Ecuadorian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Ecuadorian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with an Ecuadorian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Ecuadorian power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Ecuador, 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 [18].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuador - Ecuadorian Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  8. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  9. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  10. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  11. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  12. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  13. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  14. 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.
  15. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets