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

Power adapters for Chile

When packing for a holiday to Chile it is useful to know if you'll be able to charge your common electronics when you're there. However, by not knowing which plug socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore needing to borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you're there. Varying complicated standards and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Chile. This page contains links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when travelling to Chile using their standard L or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please be aware Type L power outlets are typically used by most Chileans. Power adapters will vary regionally therefore please read the WikiConnections world power adapters guide for a complete list of destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Chile?

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

What is the best power adapter for Chile?

What is a power adapter?

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

What does a power adapter do?

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

Can a power adapter convert the voltage in Chile?

No; a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Chilean power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Chile.

Do I need a power adapter in Chile?

If the power plug that you want to use is different to the type of plug outlet in Chile then you will need a power adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter in Chile

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Chile

On arrival power adapters could be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

Where to buy a power adapter for Chile in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Chile in the UK

Chile 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.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chile - Chilean country entry on wikipedia.
  2. Type L plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type L power outlets without converting voltage, £5-£10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor