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

Power adapters for Mexico

When packing for a trip it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any your appliances and gadgets when you get there. By not knowing which power socket is used you may end up either bringing unnecessary adaptors or bring the wrong one, therefore having to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you get there. Varying different voltages and plugs can all be daunting when planning to stay in a different country, especially to the first-time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Mexico. This page contains links to useful instructions which shows exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when travelling to Mexico by using their standard Type A or B 127 volt 60Hz plug outlets. Type B plug outlets are normally used by most Mexicans but 2-pronged Type A outlets are still found in some hotels. Most power adapters will vary from country to country so please read our WikiConnections world power adapters list for a full list of destinations if you plan to stay in multiple locations.

What is the best power adapter for Mexico?

The best power adapter for Mexico is a Type B plug adapter which allows you to use any 127 volt appliance or device. [2] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for Mexico?

What is a power adapter?

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

What does a power adapter do?

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

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a Mexican power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 127 volt Mexican power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance then you also need to bring a step up power converter for Mexico along with the right power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter in Mexico?

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

Where to buy a power adapter for Mexico in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Mexico in the UK

Mexico to UK power adapters will most likely be available to buy in the UK from airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham 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 WH Smith, Dixons or Boots but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. UK high street electrical shops, newsagents and chemists such as Currys PC World, WH Smith or Boots normally typically only sell popular types of travel adapters covering a limited number of countries however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online. In January 2019 we checked 2 high street branches of WH Smiths without seeing any power adapters available to purchase and 1 branch of Boots only had a pack of European adapters available.

Where to buy a power adapter in Mexico

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Mexico

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.

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  1. Visitmexico - Visit Mexico Web Site.
  2. 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, £4-£5
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor