Electricity in Columbia, information every traveler should know

Posted on 26 March 2010 by admin

Colombia is a country in South America. Whether you are going there to experience the warm climate, the scenery, or to visit family, you should know that some areas of Colombia use electrical plugs that are shaped differently from the ones you are used to in the United States. You might be planning to bring some of your electronics to Colombia , and since some places in Colombia also use American plugs, you may not have prepared to bring plug adapters. You should be prepared in case you cannot find one of these American-style electrical outlets, however. Besides the plug you are used to, with two flat prongs and one cylindrical one, Colombia also uses a very common type of plug found throughout most of Europe and Asia. It has three cylindrical prongs. Also another type of plug is used, so you will need two different plug adapters. If you come across outlets made for these types of plugs, you will not be able to plug your electronics into it unless you have a plug adapter. But be sure to buy the correct one, because there are six different types of electrical plugs used around the world, and likewise as many types of plug adapters.
Many places outside of North America also use a higher voltage current. 110v is the voltage used by North America and most of Central and South America. However, in most other continents, 220v is used. In countries where 220v is used, it is important to bring a voltage converter that has a 25% higher wattage rating than the appliance you are using it for. However, in Colombia , the voltage used is 110v, just like the United States. So if you are going to Colombia , all you need is a plug adapter, and you do not need a voltage converter .

References:
Colombia plug adapter
Colombia voltage converter

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