Honduras power converters - Do you need a power converter in Honduras?

What is a power converter for a Honduran power outlet?

Power converters enable you to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt electrical device with a 110 volt Honduran 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 plug adapter for Honduras?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Honduras, however an expensive and bulkier power converter [3] will transform the voltage of 110 volts from a Honduran power outlet to work with a non-110 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Honduras?

If travelling to Honduras from another country check your device can accept a 110 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [4] if you are travelling from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device or appliance isn't compatible with 110 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a 110 volt device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts and then used in a 110 volt outlet can take longer to charge or simply won't power up. If your device charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Honduras from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power outlet otherwise you will need a step up power converter [4].
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone or tablet as these are typically designed for international use and support dual voltage, but you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [5] to allow the appliance to be used with a 110 volt Honduran power outlet.
  • It might be more cost effective to use a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to bring a much heavier high wattage power converter to Honduras simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers in Honduras , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Honduras if I'm visiting from Canada?

A Canadian plug does not need a power converter because the voltage from a Honduran power outlet is in the same 100-120 volt range as Canada.

What kind of converter do I need for Honduras?

You will need to use a step up power converter [4] which allows you to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in a 110 volt Honduran power outlet.

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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 110 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [4] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 110 volt Honduran 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 Honduras before plugging that into a Honduran 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 a 110 volt Honduran power outlet.

What voltage is used in Honduras?

Honduras uses 110 volts in their standard power outlets.

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

The easiest method to tell if your device is dual or single voltage is to check for a sticker on the existing power plug, or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location might depend on the make or model of your unit but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honduras - Honduras entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. 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, under C$70.
  4. 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, costs around C$120.
  5. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors, priced at C$120-C$130.