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Plug Adapter?!?

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean Plug Adapter?!?

1. Posted by buttmunch (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

I am having trouble trying to work out what I need for my trip! I will be travelling to South America on the 26th June and will be visiting Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and Ecuador. Does anyone know what I need and where I can get it? I can only find those that cover North America and although many say they are worldwide there is no mention of SA on the packaging.

Thank you!


2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Amy, up on the top right of your screen is a great link
Just click 'tools' and packing list...I have never seen such an all inclusivie packing list in my life! (This site is sooo awesome;))
Everything I found online is saying that SA is 220... And that 'only' North America works on the 120..I would think a good universal converter should be good.
P.S. I hope you have an EXCELLENT trip!!

3. Posted by buttmunch (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

Thank you so much! I was dreading getting there to find I had the wrong one! I can't wait to go now - hopefully I will be able to contribute more to the forum after this one.


4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Hi Amy!

Most electrical equipment these days will cover the voltage range between 110 and 240 roughly which should be fine for just about everywhere. I haven't had a piece of electronics in the past 10 years that needed a real voltage adapter.

Then of course there is the issue of plugs... I have one plug which can be set in different ways and therefore will work anywhere in the world. Depending on the country, you just set the right type of plug. It also accepts different plugs so I can use it to charge things that have a european plug but also american/australian (tend to buy electronics overseas often as they are usually cheaper). It doesn't do voltage but like I mentioned, that's often not necessary anymore (it says on the back of your equipment what input range it can handle).

Those universal plug sets are often purchasable at the airport, but I think I just found mine in some kind of office equipment store...



5. Posted by buttmunch (Inactive 77 posts) 11y


I have invested in my very own universal adapter! Thank you! After much deliberation I have decided to leave the GHD's at home as they work on a higher voltage. I just needed that extra push to persuade me that they are not designed for backpacking! The rest of my equipment is seemingly fine.


6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Good to hear Amy, although I have to admit I have no idea what GHD's are ...

7. Posted by buttmunch (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

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