Power converters for Paraguay

What is a power converter?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Paraguayan 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 Paraguay?

An expensive and bulky power converter [3] will convert a 220 volt Paraguayan power outlet to work with a non-220 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 Paraguay.

Do I need a power converter for Paraguay?

If travelling to Paraguay from a different region double check the device can be charged using a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [4] is needed if you are travelling to Paraguay from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device won't support 220 volts. See the list of world power outlets page to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a single voltage appliance that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices which are designed for a lower voltage (for example 120 volts) and then used with 220 volts run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example hair dryers and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [5].
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance might be more cost effective and practical than trying to carry a much heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read these comprehensive travel guides on using clothes irons, curling wands, blow dryers and hair straighteners in Paraguay , along with advice on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

What kind of converter do I need for Paraguay?

You will need to use a step down power converter [4] in order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in a 220 volt Paraguayan 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 to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [4] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Paraguayan 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 Paraguay before plugging that into a Paraguayan 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 to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt Paraguayan power outlet.

What voltage is used in Paraguay?

Paraguay uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets.

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Single voltage hair straighteners

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.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraguay - Paraguay Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. 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, costing £100-£110.
  4. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet, priced at under £90.
  5. 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, costs under £110.