Adapter for Argentina - What power adapter do I need for Argentina?

Power adapters for Argentina

If you are packing for a trip to Argentina it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your devices like cell phones or tablets when you arrive. But by not knowing which wall socket is used in Argentina you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you're there that might be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Varying complicated standards and plug types can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Argentina. This page contains links to useful instructions demonstrating how to supply power to your devices when travelling to Argentina using the types I or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note Type I plug outlets are normally used by most Argentineans. Most power will change regionally therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Argentina?

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

What is the best power adapter for Argentina?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and cheap plastic adapters that allow an Argentinean power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

Do I need a power adapter for Argentina?

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

What does a power adapter for an Argentinean power outlet do?

A power adapter for an Argentinean power outlet allows a visitor from another country to use their own electrical appliances in Argentina by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Does a power adapter convert the voltage from an Argentinean power outlet?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Argentinean power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device you will also need to bring a step down power converter along with the correct type of adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Argentina in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Argentina in the UK

Argentina 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.

Where to buy a power adapter in Argentina

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Argentina

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.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentina - Wikipedia entry about Argentina.
  2. Type I plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type I power outlets without converting voltage, under £10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor