Peru power converters - Do you need a power converter in Peru?

What is a power converter for Peru?

A power converter for Peru enables you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Peruvian 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 Peru?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Peru, however an expensive and bulkier power converter [3] will transform the voltage of 220 volts from a Peruvian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Peru?

When visiting Peru from another country please check that your device can be used with a 220 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [4] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance isn't compatible with 220 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a 220 volt device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed to work with a lower voltage such as 120 volts and then used in a 220 volt outlet run the risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are attempting to charge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone 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 curling irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [5].
  • It will be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a much heavier power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our guides on how to use curling irons, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Peru which includes recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

What converter do I need for Peru?

You will need to buy a step down power converter [4] to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Peru.

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 Peruvian 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 Peru before plugging that into a Peruvian 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 Peruvian power outlet.

What voltage is used in Peru?

Peru uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets.

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

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?

Dual 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 a sticker on the existing power plug, or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location might depend on the make or model of your unit but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peru - Peru entry on wikipedia.org.
  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, £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, £80-£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, costing £100-£110.