Electric Current and Outlets in Brazil

Electrical AdaptersGetting ready for a trip to the beautiful country of Brazil?   Here are a few suggestions and tips about electricity that will help you be well informed and have a stress free vacation!

Electrical Outlets:

The most common electrical outlets in Brazil are made for a rounded blade, and the flat bladed types used in the U.S and Canada will not go work.  Many of the larger hotel chains have North American type outlets to accommodate tourists.  It is wise to take an adapter that works for U.S. plugs.  Adapters can be purchased in most stores that carry travel products (see photo above).  Sometimes you have to purchase a whole set of adapters that works in various countries.  Each one is labeled for either the continent or the country.


Hotel Outlet

You can also purchase adapters in Brazil at grocery or hardware stores.  The Brazilian adapters are nice because you can plug 3 different appliances into the same adapter (see photo above).   This is helpful because outlets are not as plentiful in Brazil as they are in the U.S.

If your laptop has a three prong plug be sure and bring an adapter that changes it to a two prong.  Three prong outlets are rare to find in Brazil.


Electrical Current:

Brazil is one of very few countries that uses both 110 and 220 voltage.  Expect the voltage to change back and forth within the country depending on where you visit.  Some cities may use 110 voltage, but the hotels in that same city could use 220 voltage.  The electrical current may vary even within in a city depending on the neighborhood.  Hotels normally label their outlets when it is 220, but it is best to ask before risking any damage to your appliance.

Here is a list of a few cities in Brazil that is divided by what electrical current.  Be sure you verify this with your hotel before you travel.

110 Voltage:

São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Curitiba, Belo Horizante, Porto Alegre, Belem,  Aracaju, Campinas, and Manaus

220 Voltage:

Recife, Brasilia, Florianopolis, Fortaleza, Natal, Joinville, Blumenau, Maceio, and João Pessoa

Many travel hair dryers have the option of switching from 110 to 220.  You can purchase these dryers at most stores that carries hair dryers.  Curling irons are less common to find dual voltage.  Most camera chargers and laptops can be used with either 220 or 110 voltage.  Small transformers for travel are affordable and easy to find in the travel section of department and discount stores.  You can use the transformer for curling irons, electric razors, hair dryers, and/or any appliance that is not dual voltage.  Be sure the wattage on your appliance doesn’t exceed the capacity of the converter (see photo above).

Some of the larger hotels offer transformers to borrow.  One common problem is that if the hotel is full they may run out of transformers, or you may have to wait too long to receive one.  For this reason, I prefer to take my own.

Hopefully, these tips will help you have a successful, stress free trip to amazing country of Brazil!

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  1. G says:

    So are the plugs for 110VAC & 220VAC the same in Brazil? Meaning you can plug any 110 device into 220 by accident & vice-versa? Crazy…

    We have a facility in Brazil with both 110 & 220 in the same building. They keep frying mfg equipment we send down there by accidentally plugging 110 devices into 220. We are considering having a contractor change out the 220 outlets to a style that will only accept a different shaped plug.

    • Georgia Freitas says:

      Yes, the plug will fit into either and you can plug into the wrong one by accident. When we moved into an apartment in Brazil the previous renter had wired one outlet for 220 in the kitchen and we plugged our microwave in there and ruined it. We had to have the wiring changed back to 110.

  2. Antonio Carlos Vianna Braga says:

    This article needs updating re new outlet;plug standards. Cheers!

    • Georgia Freitas says:

      You are correct! The last time I visited Brazil I saw the new outlets for three prong plugs! I will try and update this article soon!

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