UK to Nicaragua power adapters - do you need to bring a plug adapter for Nicaragua?

Nicaraguan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Nicaragua?

You'll need to bring a Type B plug adapter [3] to Nicaragua if your plug doesn't fit into a Nicaraguan power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Nicaragua all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Nicaraguan power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device uses then read the section on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • Some areas of Nicaragua 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're from America and visiting Nicaragua you will not need a power adapter or power converter. However it may be practical to use a USB travel power adapter as it allows you to recharge multiple devices by only bringing one charger.
  • If your device can run on 120 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Nicaraguan power outlet then you can use it in Nicaragua.
  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Nicaraguan power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Nicaragua such a Type B plug adapter [3]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Nicaragua (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Nicaragua, but doesn't convert the voltage from 120 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 120 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Nicaragua to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Nicaragua if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you need to power USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Nicaragua.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 120 volts used in Nicaragua you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Nicaragua read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Nicaragua power adapters

Power adapters for Nicaragua

Various standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Nicaragua. This page has links to instructions showing exactly how to power your devices when you are in Nicaragua using their standard types B or A Nicaraguan 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. You'll find power will differ depending on which area you are travelling to therefore we recommend reading the World power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Nicaragua?

The best power adapter for Nicaragua is a Type B power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 120 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Nicaragua?

What is a power adapter for a Nicaraguan 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 Nicaragua.

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Nicaragua?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 120 volt Nicaraguan power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use any 220-240 volt device you also need to bring a step up power converter for Nicaragua.

What does a power adapter do?

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

Do I need a plug adapter in Nicaragua?

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

Where to buy a power adapter for Nicaragua in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Nicaragua in the UK

Nicaragua 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.

Electrical adapters for Nicaragua

Power Plug Adapters

A cheap and simple type B plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Compact and lightweight.
  • Cheap, with prices around £5.
  • Simple to operate.
  • Bringing a Type B plug adapter [3] will work in Nicaragua.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • One power adapter for each appliance - for each individual device or appliance you will also need to pack a separate power plug adapter.
  • A plug adapter only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type B Nicaraguan power outlet and doesn't change the actual voltage. So if your device doesn't work with 120 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll still need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • Hotel rooms might only have one power outlet available, therefore you'll only be capable of powering a single appliance at a time.
  • You'll also still need to pack your separate USB charger if you wish to power any USB device.
  • If you plan to travel to more than just one country you may need to pack multiple power adapter types.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Useful when visiting to multiple countries. Most models operate in over 150 different countries.
  • An all in one design. Both small and lightweight for £15-£20.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters which include multiple USB charging ports.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some models include a surge protector built in to protect any device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The retractable pins don't get caught against other items when packed in your baggage.
  • When you return home it should still be of use as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will fit in a Nicaraguan power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Cannot be used with a high powered electrical appliance - for example clothes irons, kettles or curling irons.
  • The shutters, pins and moving parts could be fragile on some models which might make them likely to jam whilst abroad.
  • Will only charge one plug.
  • Might not work in some countries, models might not work in certain countries with less popular outlet types.
  • Universal travel power adapters lack a built in voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for electrical appliances which don't support 120 volts in Nicaragua.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A compact USB travel wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal in situations when you only want to charge devices which are USB powered.
  • You only need to bring one charger instead of carrying lots of domestic USB power chargers which costs on average around £10.
  • Chargers come with swappable heads making them versatile 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.
  • Models should have a surge protector built in, this will protect your device from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • When you return to the UK it could still be of use.
  • The swappable plugs will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in Nicaragua.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB ports so you will be unable to power any electrical appliances, only USB ones.
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip kit

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is able to power many electronic devices at once from only one Nicaraguan power outlet, costing under £40.
  • Some models will convert voltage for lower wattage devices such as laptops or cameras. So therefore if your device isn't dual voltage it will still work in Nicaragua by using only a travel power strip. This will make them a cheaper lightweight substitute for a power converter.
  • Most models also feature a number of USB charge ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain areas could fluctuate, a power surge might damage your devices. There are some models which have a built in surge protector which will prevent any electronics from being overloaded.
  • When you return to the UK the power strip could still work as a power strip and USB charger.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a normal voltage converter, the voltage converter on a travel power strip won't work with high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or clothes irons.
  • Due to their weight power strips might be unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be considered excessive if you only have a small number of devices that need charging.
  • Power strip models for sale in the UK only include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you may need to use it along with an additional plug adapter to work in some countries.
Plug Adapter Sets

A power plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly £5-£10 a power adapter set will typically work out cheaper than buying multiple plug adapters for multiple locations costing over £5 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 Nicaragua.

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 Nicaraguan power outlet.
  • A plug adapter only alters the shape of the plug but won't change the voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter will only change the 120 volts in Nicaragua and won't change the actual shape of the plug to slot in a Nicaraguan power outlet, you'll still be required to use a suitable power adapter.
  • Expensive, almost £90.
  • The normal weight of voltage converters makes them impractical for packing in hand luggage.
  • An expensive voltage converter will be redundant when get back home.
  • Often better value to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a much more expensive voltage converter just in order to power your existing single voltage appliance abroad.
  • If you are travelling to Nicaragua from the UK then you will require one as the voltage is 120 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Nicaragua

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 Nicaragua 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 Nicaraguan power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Useful when you return to the UK 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 120 volt AC appliance in Nicaragua 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 £10 £15-£20 £10-£15 £35-£40 £5-£10 almost £110
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Nicaragua power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Nicaragua?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Nicaragua?

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

  • Plug Type A - This ungrounded wall outlet (technically called the type A power outlet) can be recognised by the two slots next to each other.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify the plug socket by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the slightly longer ground pin.

Is the voltage in Nicaragua the same as the US?

The voltage in Nicaragua is 120 volts, the same as the US.

What is the frequency used in a Nicaraguan power outlet?

The frequency from a Nicaraguan power outlet is 60Hz.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Nicaragua?

To use a 220, 230 or 240V appliance in Nicaragua you need a step up power converter.

What proportion of Nicaragua has access to electricity?

Almost a quarter of the population has access to electricity in Nicaragua.

Are there many power outages in Nicaragua?

Typically Nicaragua reports power failures on a monthly basis.

Do I need a power bank for Nicaragua?

A power bank for charging cell phones

Do I need a power bank for Nicaragua?

As the power grid isn't available in all areas of Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua.
Do solar chargers work in Nicaragua?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Do solar chargers work in Nicaragua?

The sunshine in Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua.
  • Phones that have been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the battery during sunny spells in Nicaragua, 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 Nicaragua 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)

Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for Nicaragua is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. There are two different types of plug sockets that Nicaraguans use (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Nicaragua?

Why use a travel USB charger for Nicaragua?

  • 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 North America which are likely to use a different standard to Nicaragua.
  • 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 Nicaragua.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 120 volts used in Nicaragua power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel rooms or accommodation in Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua 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 Nicaraguan power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Nicaraguan 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 Nicaragua?

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 Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua.

Power converters for Nicaragua

What is a power converter for a Nicaraguan power outlet?

A power converter for Nicaragua will allow you to use a 220-240 volt electric device with a 120 volt Nicaraguan 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 Nicaragua?

An expensive and bulky power converter [18] will convert a 120 volt Nicaraguan power outlet to work with a non-120 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 Nicaragua.

Do I need a power converter for Nicaragua?

If travelling to Nicaragua from another country check your device can accept a 120 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [10] if you are travelling from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device or appliance isn't compatible with 120 volts. Read our world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already own either a 120 volt appliance or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage (such as 230 volts) and used with 120 volts may take longer to charge or simply won't turn on. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to Nicaragua from another country then check that it is compatible with a 120 volt Nicaraguan power outlet or you will need to use a step up power converter [10].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to power a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [19] which allows the appliance to be used with a 120 volt Nicaraguan power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to bring a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to carry a much heavier high wattage power converter to Nicaragua just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our guides on using curling irons, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Nicaragua which includes recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

What kind of converter do I need for Nicaragua?

You will need to use a step up power converter [10] which will allow you to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in a 120 volt Nicaraguan power outlet.

What voltage is used in Nicaragua?

Nicaragua uses 120 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 120 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [10] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 120 volt Nicaraguan 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 Nicaragua before plugging that into a Nicaraguan 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 120 volt Nicaraguan 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 can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Single voltage hair dryer

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 Nicaragua?

Which type of power adapter will you need for Nicaragua?

The plug adapter or power converter which is best to use in Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua?

How many devices are you packing

How many electrical devices are you packing for Nicaragua?

  • Add up how many devices and applicances you want to pack for Nicaragua (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?
What types of electrical devices do you need to use in Nicaragua?

Make a list of items to bring

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

  • 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 Nicaragua 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 120 volt power outlet?

How many Nicaraguan power outlets will be available?

How many power outlets will be available

How many Nicaraguan 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.
Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Nicaragua?

Will you only need USB items

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

How much can you afford?

  • Cheap power adapters start at under £10 which powers only one device in a single country (provided that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 120 volts), but paying anywhere £15-£20 means you can power multiple devices simultaneously and bring them to various different countries.

Are you intending on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

Do you intend on visiting countries other than Nicaragua?

  • 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 long does it take to travel to Nicaragua?

Are you flying long haul

How long does it take to travel to Nicaragua?

  • 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 Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua by bringing a portable charger [4] and a solar backpack [16].
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 the UK?

What can I connect to a Nicaraguan power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Nicaraguan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Nicaraguan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Nicaraguan power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to a Nicaraguan power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Nicaraguan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Nicaraguan power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Nicaragua, 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/Nicaragua - Nicaragua Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B power outlets without converting voltage, around £5.
  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 price £20-£25.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. 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, under £20.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price £10-£15.
  8. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, £35-£40.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, costing £5-£10.
  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, £80-£90.
  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, estimated price around £140.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, £30-£35.
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, £35-£40.
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, £100-£110.
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, estimated price £70-£80.
  17. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, costing £10-£15.
  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, £100-£110.
  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, priced at £100-£110.
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets