Canada to Paraguay power adapters - do I need to bring a plug adapter to Paraguay?

Paraguayan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Paraguay?

You need to pack a Type C plug adapter [3] for Paraguay if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit in a Paraguayan power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Paraguay all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Paraguayan power outlet. If you're unsure of which voltage your device can use then please read the section below on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • Some areas of Paraguay do not have access to power and suffer from regular power blackouts, it is advised to pack a portable charger [4] if you want to recharge your mobile phone whilst staying in an area without electricity or during a power outage.
  • If you are from America and travelling to Paraguay you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Paraguay to fit a US plug into a Paraguayan power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Paraguay use a power converter for Paraguay if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Paraguayan power outlet then it can work in Paraguay.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Paraguayan power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Paraguay such a Type C plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Paraguay (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Paraguay, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Paraguay to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Paraguay if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type C plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring one which has a Type C plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Paraguay.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 220 volts used in Paraguay you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Paraguay read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Paraguay power adapters

Power adapters for Paraguay

Varying different voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Paraguay. This page contains links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when visiting Paraguay by using a 220 volt 50Hz C Type wall outlet, with the Paraguayans using a Europlug for wall outlets. You'll discover that power changes depending on which country you are travelling to so we suggest reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Paraguay?

The best power adapter for Paraguay will be a Type C power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Paraguay?

What is a power adapter for a Paraguayan power outlet?

Power adapters are compact and cheap plastic adapters that allow a different type of power plug from a foreign region to easily fit into a power socket in Paraguay.

Will a power adapter convert the voltage from a Paraguayan power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Paraguayan power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Paraguay.

Do I need a plug adapter in Paraguay?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you wish to use in Paraguay.

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

Canadian plugs won't fit into a Paraguayan power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Paraguay, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Paraguay if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents overheating or damage.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Paraguay enables visitors from a different location to use their electronic appliances in Paraguay by altering the shape of the power plug.

Where to buy a power adapter for Paraguay in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Paraguay in Canada

Paraguay 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 Paraguay

Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type C plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Straightforward design makes this plug adapter easy to operate.
  • Light and compact.
  • Affordable, prices around C$15.
  • Using a Type C plug adapter [3] will be ideal for Paraguay.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Your hotel room might only have one power outlet available, therefore you'll only be capable of powering a single appliance at a time.
  • If you plan on travelling to more than just one country you may need to pack multiple power adapter types.
  • This adapter only changes the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type C Paraguayan power outlet and not the actual voltage used in Paraguay, if your device doesn't support 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • You'll also need to bring your separate domestic USB charger as well if you wish to charge a USB device.
  • 1 power adapter for each plug - for each device you will also need to use a separate plug adapter.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with swappable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal for situations when you only need to power devices which are USB powered.
  • You only have to bring one unit rather than carry lots of domestic USB power chargers which costs on average around C$15.
  • Chargers come with interchangeable heads making them useful in a large number of different locations. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are usually small and lightweight making them easy to store.
  • Most models should have a surge protector built in which will protect your device from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • When you return to your home country the charger could still work.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a Paraguayan power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power adapter for a Paraguayan power outlet.
  • As they only have USB ports you won't be able to power appliances, only USB powered devices.
Travel Power Strips

A power strip with multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Certain models of power strips offer voltage conversation for lower wattage devices. So even if your appliance isn't dual voltage it should still function with a Paraguayan power outlet by using a travel power strip, making them a cheaper lightweight substitute for a voltage converter.
  • A travel power strip is able to charge many electronic devices and appliances at once from only one Paraguayan power outlet, costing under C$45.
  • Most models will also feature a number of USB ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain areas can fluctuate, a power surge might damage your devices. There are some models which have a built in surge protector, this will prevent your electronics from being overloaded.
  • When you return to Canada the power strip could still work as a power strip.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • It isn't supplied with a specific plug adapter for Paraguay therefore you will need to use it with a separate power plug adapter for a Paraguayan power outlet too.
  • Unlike a normal voltage converter, the power converter on a travel power strip won't support high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or clothes irons.
  • Due to their size power strips might be unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive if you only bring a small number of items to power.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Universal adapters work in over 150 countries

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Straightforward operation.
  • An all-in-one design. Both small and lightweight, C$25-C$30.
  • There are some models which have a built in surge protector which will prevent your electronics from being overloaded by unstable power grids.
  • The pins retract so won't catch against other items in luggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter can be functional in your home country as a USB charger.
  • Some universal travel power adapters also have multiple charging ports for USB devices.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Even though most universal travel adapters are designed to operate in over 150 countries they won't function in Paraguay. You need to pack a separate power plug adapter if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple items from a single power outlet.
  • Can't be used with a high powered electrical appliance - for example hair straighteners, kettles, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Lacking a voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for non-220 volt devices in Paraguay.
  • Might not work in some countries - models might not work in certain countries with less popular outlet types.
  • The internal moving parts such as pins and shutters could be fragile on some universal travel adapters which might make them prone to jamming whilst abroad.
  • Will only provide power to a single plug.
Plug Adapter Sets

A set of plug adapters

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly C$20-C$25 a power adapter set will typically work out cheaper than buying multiple plug adapters for multiple locations costing almost C$10 each.
  • Covers all countries.
  • For travellers visiting multiple locations a power plug adapter set is the most flexible option.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so will work in Paraguay.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; prior to any trip you'll have to choose which adapters to pack, or alternatively bring each plug adapter type.
  • Lots individual plug adapters to pack.
  • With just a single functioning plug adapter the remaining power adapters will be redundant using up space.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included (and especially rarer adapters), so ensure that your plug adapter set has one that works with a Paraguayan power outlet.
  • A plug adapter only alters the shape of the plug but won't change the voltage.
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 from a Paraguayan power outlet and not the shape of the plug to fit into a Paraguayan power outlet, therefore you will still need to pack the right type of plug adapter for Paraguay.
  • The normal weight of voltage converters makes them impractical for packing in hand luggage.
  • A voltage converter won't be of any use after your trip to Paraguay.
  • Often better value and more practical to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a more expensive voltage converter just in order to power your existing single voltage appliance abroad.
  • Expensive, over C$120.
  • Canadians going to Paraguay will need a voltage converter as the voltage from a Paraguayan power outlet is 220 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Paraguay

Type C 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 Paraguay Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included C 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) 135+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type C Paraguayan power outlet Yes Yes
Additional Type C plug adapter required to fit in a Paraguayan power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes
Compatible number of countries (A) 2 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type N Paraguayan power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type N plug adapter required to fit in a Paraguayan power outlet 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 220 volt AC appliance in Paraguay 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$20 C$25-C$30 C$15-C$20 C$40-C$45 C$20-C$25 over C$60
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Paraguay power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Paraguay?

type C socket plug outlets are used in Paraguay. The plug socket (technically known as a type C socket or Europlug) is recognised by the 2 adjacent holes.

What plug sockets are used in Paraguay?

Do Canadian plugs work in Paraguay?

No - a Canadian plug won't work in Paraguay because it doesn't fit in a Paraguayan power outlet without the use of a power adapter. The voltage is 220 volts therefore please use a power converter for Paraguay if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance can work with a 50hz power outlet.

Is the voltage in Paraguay the same as in Canada?

The voltage which comes from a Paraguayan power outlet is 220 volts, whereas Canadians use 120 volts. If your Canadian appliance or power charger can't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for Paraguay which allows a 120 volt Canadian device to work with a 220 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Paraguay?

Use a step down power converter should you need to use a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Paraguay.

What is the electrical frequency used in Paraguay?

The frequency from a Paraguayan power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is an electrical outlet in Paraguay the same as Canada?

Canadian plugs won't fit in a Paraguayan power outlet therefore you will need to bring a power adapter for Paraguay. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Paraguay and check that it works with 50hz.

Are there many power outages in Paraguay?

Typically Paraguay reports power failures on a monthly basis.

What is access to electricity in Paraguay like?

Almost 5% of the population doesn't have access to electrical power in Paraguay.

Do I need a power bank for Paraguay?

Power bank

Do I need a power bank for Paraguay?

As the power grid isn't available in all areas of Paraguay alongside problems with the reliability of the power grid, travellers are advised to bring backup charging solutions if they wish to continue using devices such as cellphones or cameras.

  • Whilst travelling increased reliance on cell phones for taking photos, storing itineraries, social network sharing, getting directions and web browsing can syphon off power more excessively than normal. As well as the simple missing photograph opportunities this could potentially leave you without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to return back to your accommodation. Bringing along a portable charger [4] to Paraguay lowers the risk as it means you can keep your smart phone charged without using a wall charger, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to power and power outages in some areas.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh power bank [4] which can store enough electricity to power over three full cycles while a 20,000mAh portable charger [14] should keep an average smart phone powered for almost a week depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • Providing that your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then packing a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20Wh can be used to extend the battery life of the laptop.
  • Be aware that some airlines won't let you take batteries on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Consumer power banks aren't designed for use with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] can be used for travelling to locations with power cuts and limited access to electricity such as Paraguay.
Do solar chargers work in Paraguay?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Do solar chargers work in Paraguay?

The sunshine in Paraguay should be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank [17] dependably, however it needs to be left in strong sunshine in order to provide suitable power for a single charge. This could prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The larger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack [16] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the climate in Paraguay.
  • Phones that have been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the battery during sunny spells in Paraguay, however might be inconvenient to have a phone continually connected to the bag should it be needed constantly. A solar powered bag is usually exposed to daylight therefore can be powering up a power bank during the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank that requires unpacking and facing sunlight.
  • Although the climate in Paraguay is suitable, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags have been designed to survive scratches and bending, unlike normal firm solar cells. Solar bags are available in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles making them perfect for travel, work 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)

Paraguay 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 Paraguay?

When travelling with more than one device and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Paraguay to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your model of device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Paraguay or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Paraguay?

Why use a travel USB charger for Paraguay?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only bringing one USB wall charger instead of bringing several different USB power chargers.
  • Travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries across South America which are likely to use a different standard to Paraguay.
  • A good USB power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Paraguay.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Paraguay power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel rooms or accommodation in Paraguay might only have one power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with all your devices instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Paraguay might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Higher priced USB chargers should also include a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please see our guide on using travel appliances with a Paraguayan power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Paraguayan power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Some tablets and mobile phones could require more than the usual 500 mA produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be useful by charging multiple cell phones and tablets every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Paraguay?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Paraguay using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Paraguay.

Power converters for Paraguay

What is a power converter?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Paraguayan 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 Paraguay?

An expensive and bulky power converter [18] will convert a 220 volt Paraguayan power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet in Paraguay.

Do I need a power converter for Paraguay?

If travelling to Paraguay from a different region double check the device can be charged using a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [10] is needed if you are travelling to Paraguay from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device won't support 220 volts. See the list of world power outlets page to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a single voltage appliance that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices which are designed for a lower voltage (for example 120 volts) and then used with 220 volts run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example hair dryers and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [19].
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance might be more cost effective and practical than trying to carry a much heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read these comprehensive travel guides on using clothes irons, curling wands, blow dryers and hair straighteners in Paraguay , along with advice on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The 220 volts found in a power outlet in Paraguay is different to an 110 volt Canadian outlet so you will need to bring a if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Paraguay?

You will need to use a step down power converter [10] in order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in a 220 volt Paraguayan power outlet.

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

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power 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.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [10] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Paraguayan 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 Paraguay before plugging that into a Paraguayan 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 a 220 volt Paraguayan power outlet.

What voltage is used in Paraguay?

Paraguay uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets.

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

Single voltage hair straighteners

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 numbers printed on the charger, or on the device itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make or model of your device, it should also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might say 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 say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Travel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets and number of USB powers were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for Paraguay?

Which type of power adapter will you need for Paraguay?

The plug adapter or power converter which is best to use in Paraguay is dependant on various requirements, so before choosing the right one to use we recommend using this checklist:

How many electrical devices are you packing for Paraguay?

How many devices will you be packing

How many electrical devices are you packing for Paraguay?

  • Add up how many devices and applicances you want to pack for Paraguay (such as cell phones, laptops, eReaders, curling irons or hair straighteners).
    • Take into account that you might own more electrical items at a later date. Do you intend on buying a new tablet computer next year for example?
    • There are an increasing number of USB powered rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise USB for a power source. Therefore next time you have to buy a new device it could use a USB adapter so ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these as well.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their iPads as well?
Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Paraguay?

A USB cable

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Paraguay?

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

Make a list of items you need

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

  • There are 3 types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electrical devices which plug into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that plug into an electrical outlet - for example hair straighteners or curling irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices that charge with a USB port - for example phones or tablets.
  • If you only intend to take just USB powered devices to Paraguay then you'll find that a travel USB charger is ideal because you will only have to bring that single charger .
  • Travel power strips are most suited for powering and voltage conversion for multiple low wattage devices (such as a laptop), but won't work with high wattage appliances that need voltage conversion and could potentially overload it.

Will your appliances only work with a 220 volt power outlet?

Do you intend on visiting countries other than Paraguay?

  • Most single plug adapters will only operate in the one country that they are designed for, so if you wish to visit multiple countries you'll need to bring along additional power adapters which in turn adds to the number of adapters you'll have to bring.
  • On the other hand travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are designed for travelling to more than one country becuase of their interchangeable head system.
How many Paraguayan power outlets will be available?

How many power outlets will be available

How many Paraguayan power outlets will be available?

  • Your hotel may offer only a single power outlet, this will be an issue if charging the batteries of multiple items such as cell phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight as you will only be able to recharge one device at a time then need to swap.
  • If you need to recharge more than one device simultaneously then we recommend using a USB wall charger or a travel power strip that can charge multiple USB ports or power outlets.

Are you intending on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

How much can you afford?

  • Cheap power adapters start at under C$10 which powers only one device in a single country (provided that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 220 volts), but paying anywhere C$25-C$30 means you can power multiple devices simultaneously and bring them to various different countries.
Do you intend on bringing hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you intend on bringing hand luggage?

Do you still need use your charger when returning to Canada?

How long does it take to travel to Paraguay?

Arriving at an airport

How long does it take to travel to Paraguay?

  • With extended journeys it's worth thinking about bringing an airport-friendly charger that works in different outlet types, one which is light enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can top up tablets and phones just prior to a lengthy flight.
  • As not all airports actually have power outlets available think about bringing a portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. After arriving in Paraguay you could need to use your cell phone to make calls, reading emails , using mapping to find your accomodation or viewing your itinerary; so please ensure that your phone has ample charge remaining.

Will you always have good access to electricity?

  • Voltage in Paraguay could sporadically fluctuate and this can potentially cause damage to your devices, use a power adapter which has surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Because Paraguay has power cuts and having partial access to power you might find that whatever power charger you bring to the country doesn't work anyway. Prepare for power cuts and limited electrical access in Paraguay by bringing a portable charger [4] and a solar backpack [16].

What can I connect to a Paraguayan power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Paraguayan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Paraguayan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Paraguayan power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Paraguayan power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Paraguayan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Paraguayan power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Paraguayan power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Paraguay, 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 [20].

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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraguay - Paraguay Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage, under C$20.
  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, estimated cost under C$40.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced around C$15.
  7. 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 C$45.
  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, costing around C$25.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, costing under C$25.
  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, around C$120.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, costs around C$400.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, priced at under C$60.
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, under C$50.
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, costs C$140-C$150.
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, priced C$240-C$250.
  17. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, C$50-C$60.
  18. 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, around C$60.
  19. 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, C$120-C$130.
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets