UK to El Salvador power adapters - what kind of power adapter is needed for El Salvador?

Salvadoranf power outlet

What adapter do I need for El Salvador?

You will need to pack a Type B plug adapter [3] for El Salvador if your plug won't fit into a Salvadoranf power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting El Salvador will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power in a Salvadoranf power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then read the section about how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • Be prepared for frequent power blackouts and limited access to power in certain areas of El Salvador, it is advised to bring a power bank [4] if you wish to keep your mobile phone battery charged whilst in a region without electricity or during a power cut.
  • If you are planning on travelling to El Salvador from America then you will not need a power adapter or power converter. One recommendation however is to use a USB travel power adapter as it allows you to power more than one device with only one power charger.
  • If your device is 115 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Salvadoranf power outlet then you can use it in El Salvador without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 115 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Salvadoranf power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for El Salvador such a Type B plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for El Salvador (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in El Salvador, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 115 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 115 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for El Salvador to convert the voltage from 115 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for El Salvador if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to bring your USB devices such as a cellphone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you choose one which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for El Salvador.

Warning: If your device won't handle 115 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before using your device in El Salvador please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

El Salvador power adapters

Power adapters for El Salvador

Complicated frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in El Salvador. This page has links to step by step instructions which shows how to supply power to your devices when you are travelling to El Salvador by using their types B or A 115 volt 60Hz power outlets. You'll discover that power changes regionally so we suggest reading the power adapters for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for El Salvador?

The best power adapter for El Salvador will be a Type B power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 115 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for El Salvador?

What is a power adapter for a Salvadoranf power outlet?

Power adapters are small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that allow a Salvadoranf power outlet to accept a different shaped power plug from a different region.

Do I need a power adapter in El Salvador?

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

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Salvadoranf power outlet?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 115 volt Salvadoranf power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use a 220, 230 or 240 volt device you also need to bring a more expensive step up power converter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for a Salvadoranf power outlet allows visitors travelling from a different country to use their electrical devices in El Salvador simply by adapting the shape of the plug to fit the power socket.

Where to buy a power adapter for El Salvador in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for El Salvador in the UK

El Salvador 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 El Salvador

Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with swappable plugs

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal if you only need to charge devices which are USB powered.
  • You only have to bring a single charger rather than pack lots of domestic power chargers which costs roughly around £10.
  • Supplied with interchangeable adapter heads meaning they can be used in a large number of countries. The interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are typically lightweight and small which makes them easy to store.
  • Offers surge protector built in.
  • The charger should still be functional back home.
  • The interchangeable plugs will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work in a Salvadoranf power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB ports so you can't charge any appliances, only USB powered ones.
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip including adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is capable of powering more than one appliance at once via one Salvadoranf power outlet, costing under £40.
  • You will find some models have voltage conversation for lower wattage devices (for example laptops). So even if the device isn't dual voltage it should still be used with a Salvadoranf power outlet when using a travel power strip, making them a lightweight and cheap alternative option to a voltage converter.
  • Most power strips feature multiple USB ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain countries can be unstable, a sudden surge in power might damage your electronics. Some models also include a built in surge protector, this will prevent any device from being overloaded.
  • It will potentially be functional back at home as a USB charger and power strip.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike normal power converters, the power converter on a travel power strip doesn't convert higher wattage appliances such as clothes irons or hair dryers.
  • Due to the size and weight of a power strip it might be unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips could be excessive if you only bring a small number of appliances and devices to charge.
  • 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.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Universal travel power adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Most universal travel adapters function in around 150 countries.
  • An all in one design - small and lightweight for £15-£20.
  • There are some universal travel adapters which have USB charging ports.
  • Easy to use.
  • Some universal travel power adapters have a surge protector to prevent your device from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so don't get caught against other items when packed in luggage.
  • It should potentially be functional back at home as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit in a Salvadoranf power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal travel power adapters can't be used with a high powered appliance; for example hair straighteners, clothes irons, vacuum cleaners, kettles, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • The moving parts might be fragile on some models which might make them likely to possibily break when travelling.
  • Universal travel adapters only charge a single plug.
  • Not completely universal - some models might not cover certain countries with less common outlets.
  • Universal travel power adapters don't have a voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for appliances which don't support 115 volts.
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type B plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Lightweight and compact.
  • Affordable, with prices around £5.
  • Simple to operate.
  • Using a Type B plug adapter [3] will be ideal for El Salvador.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only 1 plug adapter for each appliance - for every separate appliance you will also need to bring a separate adapter.
  • This only alters the shape of the plug to fit in a Type B Salvadoranf power outlet but not the actual voltage. So if your appliance doesn't work with 115 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need to pack a voltage converter.
  • Hotel rooms in El Salvador might only have a single power outlet, therefore you will only be capable of powering one device at once.
  • If you need to charge any USB device then you also need to bring a USB charger.
  • Should you plan on travelling to more than just El Salvador then you might need to pack more than one type of power adapter for other countries.
Plug Adapter Sets

A plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly £5-£10 an adapter set typically works out more reasonable than buying individual plug adapter types costing over £5 each.
  • Covers all countries and not just a Salvadoranf power outlet.
  • Ideal if you are travelling to different locations.
  • A plug adapter set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so will be compatible with a Salvadoranf power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; you will need to choose which plug adapters to pack in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to pack each plug adapter type along.
  • Lots individual adapters to pack.
  • All remaining power adapters will be useless using up space.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included (and especially less common ones), so ensure that your set includes an adapter which works with a Salvadoranf power outlet.
  • Only changes the shape of the plug to allow it to fit in a Salvadoranf power outlet but won't convert the actual voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter with surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter will only change the 115 volts from a Salvadoranf power outlet and not the shape of the plug to slot into a Salvadoranf power outlet, you will still be required to pack the correct type of power adapter for El Salvador.
  • Expensive; almost £90.
  • The typical weight of most models of voltage converters makes them unsuitable for carrying in hand luggage.
  • Redundant after your visit to El Salvador.
  • It is often better value and more practical to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive voltage converter simply in order to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance abroad.
  • When you travel to El Salvador from Britain you will need one as the voltage is 115 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for El Salvador

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 El Salvador 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 Salvadoranf 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 115 volt AC appliance in El Salvador 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

El Salvador power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in El Salvador?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in El Salvador?

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

  • Plug Type A - The power outlet, technically known as a type A power outlet, can be recognised by the 2 adjacent slots where the live and neutral blades go.
  • Plug Type B - The power outlet, technically known as a type B power outlet, can be recognised by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the twin plug socket blades sit with a hole below for the longer grounded pin.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in El Salvador?

To use a 220V appliance in El Salvador you need a step up power converter.

What frequency is used in El Salvador?

The frequency of the current found in a Salvadoranf power outlet is 60 Hz.

Does El Salvador have power outages?

Typically El Salvador suffers power cuts around once a month.

What is access to electrical power in El Salvador like?

Almost 5% of the population doesn't have access to electricity in El Salvador.

Do I need a power bank for El Salvador?

USB power bank for charging mobile phones

Do I need a power bank for El Salvador?

As electric isn't available to 100% of the population of El Salvador combined with potential power outages, visitors should pack backup charging solutions if they need to continue charging devices such as mobile phones or tablets.

  • Whilst travelling to El Salvador increased use of mobile phones for storing itineraries, taking pictures, getting directions, social networks and web browsing could syphon off power excessively. A flat mobile phone battery can potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use satellite navigation to find your way back to hotel. Packing a portable charger [4] for El Salvador lowers that risk as it means you can keep your smart phone fully powered on the move, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to electricity and power cuts in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank [4] will store enough energy to power around 3 full charges and a 20,000mAh portable charger [14] should keep an average mobile phone charged for around 7 days depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • If you need to charge your laptop in El Salvador and your laptop has a USB-C charging port then pack a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying at least 20 Wh. Be aware that some airlines prohibit power banks on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Consumer portable chargers aren't designed for high powered items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] can be used for travelling to locations with power cuts and a lack of access to electricity like El Salvador.
Do solar battery chargers work in El Salvador?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

Do solar battery chargers work in El Salvador?

The daylight in El Salvador should be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [17] reliability, however it will need to be left in strong sunlight in order to produce adequate energy for a single charge. It may prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • The bigger cells found on a solar backpack [16] give the backpack the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time, meaning they should perform well in El Salvador.
  • A phone which has been plugged directly into the USB charging port of a backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny spells in El Salvador, but this might be inconvenient to have it continually tethered to the bag should it be used frequently. Unlike a small solar power bank which needs unpacking and facing sunlight, a solar powered backpack is continually exposed to sunlight so can be charging a regular power bank [4] during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in El Salvador is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • Unlike regular rigid solar panels, the flexible and durable cells used in solar powered bags have been designed to endure scratching and bending. They come in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles which makes them perfect for work, travel 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)

El Salvador 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 El Salvador?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than one device the best international travel charger for El Salvador to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Salvadoransf use two different standards of power outlets (types B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads over. If your type of device supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers along with support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your devices at an airport or on the flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible power adapter like this online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for El Salvador?

Why use a travel USB charger for El Salvador?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only packing a single USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple individual power chargers with you.
  • All travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions thereby making them perfect if travelling to multiple countries which are likely to use a different outlet to El Salvador.
  • A good charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing along a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace or repair in El Salvador.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 115 volt power outlets in El Salvador along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel bedrooms or accommodation in El Salvador only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good travel charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in El Salvador might prove difficult and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to power multiple low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See the section on using travel appliances in El Salvador for helpful advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Salvadoranf power outlet.
  • Certain tablets and mobile phones might require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices need additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for El Salvador?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both El Salvador and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to El Salvador.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 most travellers from around the world visiting El Salvador.

Power converters for El Salvador

What is a power converter for El Salvador?

A power converter allows travellers to use their 220, 230 or 240 volt electric device with a 115 volt Salvadoranf power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for El Salvador?

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet in El Salvador, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [18] will transform a 115 volt Salvadoranf power outlet to work with a non-115 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for El Salvador?

If you are visiting El Salvador from another region please check your device will accept a 115 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [10] if you are visiting El Salvador from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device or appliance doesn't support 115 volts. See the WikiConnections world power outlets guide to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a single voltage appliance that works with 115 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts and used with 115 volts sometimes take longer to charge or simply won't power up. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to El Salvador from another country check that it is compatible with a 115 volt Salvadoranf power outlet or you will need to use a step up power converter [10].
  • You don't need a converter if you are attempting to charge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are typically dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [19] which allows it to be used with a 115 volt Salvadoranf power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to bring a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to carry a heavier high wattage power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive travel guides on travelling with curling irons, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hairdryers in Salvadoranf power outlets , along with recommendations on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

What converter do I need for El Salvador?

You will need to use a step up power converter [10] to use any 220-240 volt appliance with a 115 volt Salvadoranf power outlet.

How to convert 115 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 115 volt Salvadoranf 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 El Salvador before plugging that into a Salvadoranf 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 115 volt Salvadoranf power outlet.
What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a power 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.

What voltage does El Salvador use?

El Salvador uses 115 volts in their normal power outlets.

What voltage is my device?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

The easiest way to tell if a device is dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the charger or on the device itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord plugs into. The location might vary depending on the make or model of your device and could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might 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 normally say a large voltage 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 El Salvador?

Which type of plug adapter do I need to bring to El Salvador?

The plug adapter or power converter which is suitable for El Salvador will depend on various requirements. Before choosing which adapter to bring we recommend using the following checklist:

What different types of electrical devices do you want to use?

A USB powered phone

What different types of electrical devices do you want to use?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electronic devices which plug into a power outlet - for example laptops or cameras.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that plug into a power outlet - for example clothes irons and hair straighteners.
    • USB electrical devices that charge with a USB port - for example mobile phones or Kindles.
  • If you only intend to bring along just USB powered devices to El Salvador you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is perfect because you'll only have to pack that single compact charger rather than packing lots of domestic chargers.
  • Travel power strips are perfect for providing power and converting voltage for many low wattage devices of any voltage (such as a laptop), but won't work with high wattage appliances which need voltage conversion, potentially damaging the power strip.
How many devices are you bringing to El Salvador?

Family may need to charge their devices too

How many devices are you bringing to El Salvador?

  • List all the devices and applicances you intended on packing for El Salvador (such as cell phones, laptops, eReaders, clothes irons or hair straighteners).
    • Remember to allow for more electrical devices at a later date. Do you intend on buying a new mobile phone computer next year?
    • There are an increasing amount of rechargeable devices such as electric shavers which use USB as a power source. Therefore if you have to replace a device it could need a USB adapter so please ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these additional devices as well.
  • Will you also be travelling with a partner who will need to charge their devices too?

Will your devices and appliances work with 115 volt power outlets?

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

Will you only need USB electronics

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

How many power outlets will be available when you arrive in El Salvador?

How many power outlets will be available

How many power outlets will be available when you arrive in El Salvador?

  • You could find that accommodation might offer only one power outlet on the wall, this could be an inconvenience when charging up batteries of more than one electronic item overnight because you'll only be able to recharge one device at a time.
  • To charge more than one device at the same time we suggest packing a travel power strip or travel USB wall charger that can charge multiple USB ports and power outlets.

Is El Salvador the only country you'll be visiting?

  • Most simple plug adapters will typically only work in a single country which they are designed for, therefore if you are visiting multiple countries then you'll need to pack additional plug adapters which can in turn add to the weight you have to carry.
  • Alternatively, travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are made for going to more than one country becuase of their interchangeable heads.

What is your budget?

  • Cheap power adapters start at under £10 which charges one device in one location (provided that works with 115 volts or is dual voltage), but paying roughly £15-£20 will allow you to power multiple devices at once and be able to bring them to multiple different countries.

Are you intending to visit anywhere else abroad in the future?

Are you intending to bring hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Are you intending to bring hand luggage?

Will it take you a long time to travel to El Salvador?

Using a phone at the airport

Will it take you a long time to travel to El Salvador?

  • If you're taking a longer journey to get to El Salvador think about bringing a convenient airport-friendly power charger that can be used with different power outlet types, one which can be carried in hand luggage and can power phones and tablets right before a long haul flight.
  • As not all airlines and airports actually have power outlets for customers we recommend bringing a travel portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. After arriving you could have to use your cell phone for making telephone calls, messenging, using sat nav or reading itineraries - so it is recommended that your phone will have enough charge remaining.

Do you still need use your charger when returning to the UK?

Will the area of El Salvador you are visiting have reliable access to electricity?

  • Voltage in El Salvador could often fluctuate which can cause damage to your devices, you will need to use an adapter which has surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Due to El Salvador having power outages or having partial access to electricity you might find that whatever power adapter you use doesn't function anyway. Packing a portable charger [4] or a solar backpack [16] will prepare you for any power cuts and areas of limited electricity.

What can I connect to a Salvadoranf power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Salvadoranf power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Salvadoranf power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Salvadoranf power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to a Salvadoranf power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Salvadoranf power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Salvadoranf power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting El Salvador, 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/El_Salvador - Salvadoranf 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, estimated price £5-£10.
  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, priced at around £20.
  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, costing around £10.
  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, costs under £40.
  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, £15-£20.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, costs £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, costs £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, priced £140-£150.
  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, costing £35-£40.
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, costing £100-£110.
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, under £80.
  17. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, under £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, under £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, £100-£110.
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets