Adapter for Argentina - What power adapter do I need for Argentina?

Power adapters for Argentina

If planning a vacation it's useful to know if you can use any common electronics when you arrive. By not knowing which power socket to expect you could pack the wrong power charger, meaning having to borrow a potentially expensive adaptor when you're there. Complicated combinations of standards and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Argentina. This page has links to step-by-step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're travelling to Argentina by using their standard I or C type Argentinean 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Argentines normally use Type I plugs in their plug outlets. When travelling you'll discover that power adapters will vary regionally therefore please read the Wiki Connections world power adapters guide where you'll find a full list of charging devices in different regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Argentina?

The best power adapter for Argentina will be a Type I power adapter which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device. [2]

What is the best power adapter for Argentina?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and cheap plastic adapters that allow an Argentinean power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country. [3]

Do I need a power adapter for Argentina?

This will depend on the shape of plug you are using in Argentina and the location you are travelling from.

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

A Canadian plug won't fit in an Argentinean power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Argentina, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Argentina to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

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What does a power adapter for an Argentinean power outlet do?

A power adapter for an Argentinean power outlet allows a visitor from another country to use their own electrical appliances in Argentina by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Does a power adapter convert the voltage from an Argentinean power outlet?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Argentinean power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device you will also need to bring a step down power converter along with the correct type of adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter in Argentina

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Where to buy a power adapter in Argentina

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 Argentina in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Argentina in Canada

Argentina 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 - Wikipedia entry about Argentina.
  2. Type I plug adapter - Type I plug adapters use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, costing around C$15.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor