Canada to Colombia power adapters - do you need to bring an adapter to Colombia?

Colombian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Colombia?

You need to pack a Type B plug adapter for Colombia if your plug doesn't fit in a Colombian power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Colombia all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge in a Colombian power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • Expect regular power blackouts and limited access to electricity in some areas of Colombia, we suggest bringing a power bank if you need to keep your phone charged whilst in an area without electricity or during a blackout.
  • If you are travelling to Colombia from America then you won't need a plug adapter or power converter. One recommendation however is to bring along a USB travel power adapter as it allows you to recharge more than one device by only packing one charger.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Colombian power outlet then it can work in Colombia without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Colombian power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Colombia such a Type B plug adapter. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Colombia (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Colombia, but doesn't convert the voltage from 110 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 110 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Colombia to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Colombia if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you choose to bring one which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Colombia[3] [AD]

Warning: If your device won't handle the 110 volts used in Colombia you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in Colombia please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Colombia power adapters

Power adapters for Colombia

Complicated frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Colombia. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions demonstrating exactly how to charge your devices when visiting Colombia by using the standard types B or A Colombian 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll find that most power adapters will vary regionally so please read the WikiConnections world power adapters page for a full list showing regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Colombia?

The best power adapter for Colombia is a Type B power adapter which is suitable for powering any 110 volt appliance or device. [3] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for Colombia?

What is a power adapter for a Colombian power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that allow a different type of power plug on an appliance from a different country to correctly fit into a Colombian power outlet. [5]

What does a power adapter for Colombia do?

A power adapter for Colombia enables a visitor travelling from another location to use their electronic appliances and devices in Colombia simply by changing the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Do I need a plug adapter for Colombia?

If the type of Colombian power outlet outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Colombia from Canada?

A Canadian plug does not need a plug adapter as it can already fit into a Colombian power outlet.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Colombian power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt Colombian power outlet and doesn't convert to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use a 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance you also need a step up power converter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Colombia in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Colombia in Canada

Colombia 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.

Electrical adapters for Colombia

Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip kit

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Able to charge several appliances and devices at once via a single Colombian power outlet, costing C$25-C$30.
  • Certain models of power strips are able to convert voltage for low wattage electronics such as laptops. Even if the electronic device isn't dual voltage it should still work with a Colombian power outlet when using only a travel power strip, making them a cheap and lightweight alternative option to a dedicated power converter.
  • Most modern travel power strips should also feature a number of USB charging ports.
  • Offers surge protection. Voltage from power outlets in certain areas might be unstable, a sudden power surge might damage your delicate electronics. Some travel power strips will have a built in surge protector to protect your electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • The power strip can potentially still be of use back at home as a power strip.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Colombia.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a normal power converter, the voltage converter on a travel power strip won't work with higher wattage appliances such as clothes irons and hair dryers.
  • Because of the weight of a power strip it might be too bulky for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive if you only have a small number of items which need powering. [6] [AD]
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type B plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Travellers from Canada using any domestic 2 pin Type A or 3 pin Type B plugs will not need to use a power plug adapter for Colombia as these fit a Colombian power outlet.

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Light and compact.
  • Cheapest option, prices around C$45.
  • Straightforward design makes it simple to operate.
  • Bringing a Type B plug adapter will work in Colombia.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only one plug adapter per appliance - for each appliance you will also need to use a separate adapter.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type B Colombian power outlet and not the voltage. So if your device doesn't support a 110 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage you'll still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • Accomodation might only have one wall outlet, so you'll only be able to power one device at a time.
  • You will also need to bring your separate USB charger if you need to charge a USB device.
  • If you plan on visiting more than just Colombia you may need to bring multiple plug adapter types for other countries. [3] [AD]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with swappable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal if you only have to power devices which are USB powered.
  • Instead of carrying multiple domestic power chargers you only need to pack a single unit which costs roughly C$15-C$20.
  • Supplied with interchangeable heads which means they can be used in a large number of locations. Interchangeable adapter heads are usually lightweight and small which makes them easy to pack.
  • Most models will have a built in surge protector to protect your electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The charger can still be of use back home.
  • Interchangeable heads will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in a Colombian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB outputs so you won't be able to power any electrical appliances, just USB powered devices. [7] [AD]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Typical models are designed to work in over 150 countries.
  • All-in-one design, lightweight and small, C$25-C$30.
  • There are some models which include charging ports for USB devices.
  • Easy to use.
  • There are some models which include a surge protector built in, this will prevent any device from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • Retractable pins don't get caught against other items in luggage.
  • When you return home it will still work as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will work with a Colombian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Can't be used with high powered electrical appliances such as clothes irons, vacuum cleaners or curling irons.
  • The pins, shutters and other internal moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them prone to breaking whilst abroad.
  • Universal travel power adapters only provide power to one appliance.
  • A universal travel power adapter might not work in some countries; some adapters might not work in certain countries with less popular power outlets.
  • Missing an in-built voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for non-110 volt electrical appliances. [8] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

A plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly C$20-C$25 a set typically works out cheaper than buying multiple individual power plug adapters costing over C$45 each.
  • Ensures that you are covered for all eventualities.
  • For anyone visiting multiple locations this is perfect.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so will be compatible with a Colombian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; you will need to decide which adapters to pack, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to pack every adapter type.
  • Means lots of individual items to pack.
  • The remaining plug adapters will be redundant.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included (especially less common adapters), so ensure that your set includes one that works in Colombia.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug but not the voltage. [9] [AD]
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters have surge protection

Voltage Converters

Those travelling from Canada will not need to bring a voltage converter as the voltage from a Colombian power outlet is 110 volts.

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 110 volts in Colombia and not the shape of the plug to fit in a Colombian power outlet, so you'll still need to pack a suitable power adapter.
  • Costly; C$120-C$130.
  • The weight of voltage converters makes them too heavy and bulky for hand luggage.
  • Redundant when get back home.
  • Usually better value to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase a more expensive voltage converter just to bring your existing appliance in an incompatible location.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Colombia

Type B 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 Colombia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included B 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) 45+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type B Colombian power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Useful when you return to Canada 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 110 volt AC appliance in Colombia 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 C$50 C$25-C$30 C$15-C$20 C$25-C$30 C$20-C$25 almost C$90
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Colombia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Colombia?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Colombia?

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

  • Plug Type A - This unearthed power outlet (also called the type A power outlet) is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades.
  • Plug Type B - The plug socket, technically known as a type B power outlet, is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin. [3] [AD]

Do Canadian plugs work in Colombia?

Yes, a Canadian plug will work in Colombia and doesn't require a power converter or a plug adapter.

What electrical frequency is used with a Colombian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current found in a Colombian power outlet is 60Hz. [11]

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

Is a Colombian power outlet the same as Canada?

A Canadian plug will fit into a Colombian power outlet, the frequency and voltage range are both the identical to Canada.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Colombia?

Use a step up power converter if you need to bring a 220V appliance to Colombia.

What is access to electricity like in Colombia?

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

Does Colombia have power outages?

Colombia suffers power blackouts on a monthly basis.

Should I use a power bank in Colombia?

A USB power bank for charging phones

Should I use a power bank in Colombia?

As electrical power isn't available in all areas of Colombia together with problems with the stability of power, visitors should use backup charging solutions if they want to continue charging devices such as phones or eReaders.

  • Whilst travelling increased use of mobile phones for storing itineraries, taking photographs, social network sharing, getting directions and streaming videos could syphon off power towards the end of the day. A flat mobile phone battery could potentially leave you without enough power to make emergency calls or being able to use a satellite navigation app to get directions to your accommodation. Packing a 10,000mAh power bank lowers the risk as it allows you to keep your smart phone powered without needing a Colombian power outlet, especially when visiting a country with limited access to electricity and power outages in some areas.
  • Look for at least a 10,000mAh portable charger which will supply enough electricity to power over three full charges whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger should keep an average cell phone charged for roughly seven days depending on the model of phone and usage. The mAh value (milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of a battery and gives an indication of the number of charge cycles the portable charger is capable of, so a higher mAh is more suitable for travellers.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop with a power bank in Colombia and it uses a USB-C charging port then look for a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying at least 20 Wh.
  • Be aware that some airlines don't allow you bring batteries on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must not be kept in the hold so always ahead with the airline first.
  • Typical consumer power banks won't work with high powered items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are ideal for travelling to locations with frequent power cuts and limited access to electricity such as Colombia.    [12] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [AD]
Will a solar powered charger work in Colombia?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

Will a solar powered charger work in Colombia?

The sunshine in Colombia should be adequate enough to charge solar power bank reliability, but needs to be left in strong sunshine to produce enough power for a single charge. This might prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The much larger panels found on a solar backpack give the bag the ability to generate more power within a faster period of time and might generate charge when cloudy, making them ideal for the climate in Colombia.
  • Phones which are plugged directly into a USB port of a backpack should trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in Colombia, but might be inconvenient to have it continually connected to the bag if it is to be used frequently. Therefore it is recommended to plug a normal power bank to a solar backpack which can then be constantly topped up inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards the phone can be recharged using the power bank without needing the bag.
  • Although the sunlight in Colombia is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate at least 6 watts of energy and can be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or greater.
  • The flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to endure bending and scratching, unlike regular firm solar cells. They come in backpack, messenger and rucksack styles making them ideal for work, domestic and travel.  [4] [17] [18] [AD]

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)

Colombia 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 Colombia?

When you are travelling with more than just one device or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Colombia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of power outlets in Colombia (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included plugs. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis. [7] [AD]

What USB charger do I need for Colombia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Colombia?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only packing a single USB wall charger rather than bringing numerous chargers.
  • Most travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types making them suitable when visiting other countries which will probably use different standards to Colombia.
  • Good chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace in Colombia.
  • USB chargers will accept the 110 volt power outlets in Colombia and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that accommodation or hotel bedrooms in Colombia might only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perfect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Colombia could prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in multiple low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances with a Colombian power outlet for useful advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Colombian power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets could require more than the normal 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices require additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB chargers can also be useful by charging multiple mobile phones every day using one power outlet. [7] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for Colombia?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Colombia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Colombia.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half 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 Colombia. [7] [AD]

Power converters for Colombia

What does a power converter for a Colombian power outlet do?

Power converters enable travellers to use their 220-240 volt electric device with a 110 volt Colombian power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

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

A heavy and expensive power converter will convert the voltage of 110 volts from a Colombian power outlet to work with a non-110 volt device, however a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in Colombia. [19] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for Colombia?

When you are visiting Colombia from a different country check your device will accept a 110 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter if you are travelling to Colombia from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 110 volts. See the world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage device that works with 110 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 230 volts) and used in a 110 volt outlet can take longer to charge or simply won't power up. If your device does not power up or charges slowly when visiting Colombia from another region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power outlet otherwise you will need to bring a step up power converter.
  • You don't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair dryers and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter to allow the appliance to be used with a 110 volt Colombian power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a much heavier high wattage power converter to Colombia in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling irons, blow dryers and hair straighteners with Colombian power outlets which includes guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20] [AD]

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

You won't need to use a power converter as the voltage in Colombia is in the same 100-120 volt range as Canada.

What kind of converter do I need for Colombia?

You will need to use a step up power converter in order to use any 220-240 volt appliance in Colombia. [10] [AD]

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a 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.

What voltage is used in Colombia?

Colombia uses 110 volts in their standard power outlets. [2]

https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/

How to convert 110 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 110 volt Colombian 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 Colombia before plugging that into a Colombian 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 Colombian power outlet. [10] [AD]
What voltage is my appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my appliance?

The easiest method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug or on the unit itself, typically near to where the power cord plugs into. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your appliance and could also state in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

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 Colombia?

Which type of power adapter will I need to bring to Colombia?

The type of plug adapter or power converter which is suitable for Colombia will depend on your requirements, so before choosing the right adapter to bring we suggest using this checklist:

How many electrical items will you be bringing to Colombia?

How many devices are you packing

How many electrical items will you be bringing to Colombia?

  • Trying counting how many devices and applicances you'll need to bring to Colombia (such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops, eReaders, hair straighteners or curling irons).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more electrical devices at a later date. Are you thinking about purchasing a new tablet computer soon?
    • There are an increasing number of USB powered rechargeable devices such as electric shavers which utilise USB as their power source. Therefore next time you replace a device it might use a USB adapter so check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these as well.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who might need to charge their phones?
What different types of electrical devices do you need to use in Colombia?

A travel shaver

What different types of electrical devices do you need to use in Colombia?

  • There are 3 types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic items that plug into an electrical outlet - for example laptops and cameras.
    • High wattage appliances that plug into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons and hair dryers.
    • USB devices that charge with a USB port - for example phones.
  • When you only intend to take just USB powered devices then a travel USB charger is ideal as you'll only need to bring that single charger .
  • Travel power strips are built for providing power and converting voltage for several low wattage devices, however unsuitable for high wattage appliances that require voltage conversion.
Will you only be charging USB devices?

Are you only bringing USB items

Will you only be charging USB devices?

Will your devices work with 110 volt power outlets?

How many Colombian power outlets will be available?

Are multiple outlets available

How many Colombian power outlets will be available?

  • The accommodation in Colombia may only offer one wall outlet, this will present a problem when recharging the batteries of more than one electronic device overnight as you'll only be able to recharge a single device at a time after each device has finished charging.
  • To charge multiple devices simultaneously we suggest using a travel power strip or USB wall charger which can charge multiple USB ports and outlets. [6] [AD]

Are you intending on visiting anywhere else abroad in the future?

Is Colombia the only location you intend to visit?

  • Single power adapters will typically only operate in a single country which they are made for, so if you want to travel to more than a single country then you may need to bring additional power adapters which can add to the weight you have to pack.
  • On the other hand universal travel adapters and travel USB wall chargers are perfect for visiting more than one country becuase of the inclusion of interchangeable heads.

What is your budget?

  • A cheap power adapter starts from around under C$10 which powers only one single device in Colombia (provided that is compatible with 110 volts or is dual voltage) but paying anywhere C$25-C$30 allows you to charge multiple devices simultaneously and use them in multiple countries.

Will the area of Colombia you are staying in have reliable access to electrical power?

  • Power might often fluctuate in Colombia and this can potentially cause damage to your devices, so you will need to look for a power adapter which has surge protection built in such as a travel power strip.
  • Due to Colombia suffering with power outages and having partial access to power in certain regions you might find that whatever power charger you use won't work anyway. Packing a portable charger or a solar backpack will prepare you for a power cut and areas of limited electricity coverage.  [4] [4] [17] [AD]

Would you like to use your charger when returning to Canada?

Do you bringing just hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage?

Are you flying long haul to get to Colombia?

Arriving at an airport

Are you flying long haul to get to Colombia?

  • For extended journeys think about an appropriate charger which is perfect for airports that works in different outlet types, one that can be packed in carry-on luggage and can charge phones and tablets.
  • Because not all airlines have power outlets we recommend bringing a battery portable charger for recharging on the go. When arriving you could need to use your mobile phone for making calls, sending texts, using sat nav or reading your itinerary; therefore please ensure that your phone will have enough battery power left. [4] [AD]

What can I connect to a Colombian power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Colombian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Colombian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Colombian power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to a Colombian power outlet

Apple iPhones that can connect to a Colombian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Colombian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Colombian power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Colombian power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Colombia, 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.

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Colombia.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - US and Japanese 3 pinned Type B plug adapters have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades containing holes in each blade, C$45-C$50
  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, C$40-C$45.
  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, costing C$25-C$30
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$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, estimated cost C$25-C$30
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, under C$25
  10. 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, estimated price C$120-C$130
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, priced C$25-C$30
  13. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, costing under C$210.
  14. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, C$50-C$60.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, C$40-C$45.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, costs under C$150.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, estimated price C$110-C$120
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, costs under C$60.
  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, under C$90
  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, under C$280.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -