Peru power adapters - What power adapter do I need for Peru?

Power adapters for Peru

When planning a vacation to Peru it's useful to know in advance if you can power all your common gadgets when you arrive. But without knowing which power supply to expect you may end up either weighing your suitcases down with too many spare adaptors or pack the wrong charger, therefore having to borrow a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive. Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Peru. This page has links to instructions showing you exactly how to charge your devices when you're in Peru using their standard types C, A or B Peruvian 220 volt 60Hz plug outlets, you will find a majority of Peruvians will normally use Type C sockets in their plug outlets. Power adapters change from region to region so please read the travel power adapters page for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Peru?

The best power adapter for Peru will be a Type C power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Peru?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that allow a Peruvian power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from a foreign region.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Peruvian power outlet?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Peruvian power outlet and is unable to convert to a different voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Peru.

Do I need a plug adapter in Peru?

If the outlet in your home country isn't the same as the shape of the plug outlet in Peru then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Peru enables a visitor from a different country to use their own electronic appliances and devices in Peru by altering the shape of the plug to fit the power outlet.

Where to buy a power adapter in Peru

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Peru

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 Peru in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Peru in the UK

Peru 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/Peru - Peru entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage, £10-£15.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor