Power adapters for Chile - What power adapter do I need for Chile?

Power adapters for Chile

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

What is the best power adapter for Chile?

The best power adapter for Chile is a Type L power adapter which allows you to use any 220 volt appliance or device. [2]

What is the best power adapter for Chile?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and cheap plastic adapters that permit a Chilean power outlet to accept a different shaped power plug from a different country. [3]

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for a Chilean power outlet enables visitors travelling from another country to use their own electronic devices in Chile by changing the shape of the plug.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage in Chile?

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

Do I need a power adapter in Chile?

It depends on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you want to use in Chile.

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

A Canadian plug won't fit into a Chilean power outlet therefore you will need to use a power adapter for Chile, and because the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Chile to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

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Where to buy a power adapter in Chile

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Where to buy a power adapter in Chile

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.

Where to buy a power adapter for Chile in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Chile in Canada

Chile to Canadian power adapters will most likely be available in most major Canadian 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 Relay, The Source or 6&Sundry, 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. Best Buy, Costco, Home Depot and other high street electrical stores normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

  1. Wikipedia - Chilean country entry on wikipedia.
  2. Type L plug adapter - Earthed Italian Type L plug adapters comprise of three pins placed in parallel, each rounded pin is either 4mm thick with 5.5mm gaps or 5mm thick with 8mm gaps depending on 10 or 16 amp version, C$10-C$15.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor