Are you planning to visit Costa Rica? Check if you need a power plug adapter or voltage converter for the power sockets (outlets) used in Costa Rica.
- You need a power plug adapter in Costa Rica, when living in the United Kingdom.
- You also need a voltage converter.
- Be extra careful with certain appliances because of the difference in frequency.
Below you find pictures of the applied power sockets and corresponding plugs. And we provide more information about the voltage and frequency.
Electricity in Costa Rica
In Costa Rica the power plug sockets are of type A and B. The standard voltage is 120 V and the frequency is 60 Hz.
Power plug adapter needed in Costa Rica?
In Costa Rica the power plug sockets are of type A and B. Check out the following pictures. When living in the United Kingdom you need a power plug adapter for sockets type A and B.
- Your appliances with plug G don't fit socket A or B.
Buy a power plug (travel) adapter
We don't sell power plug adapters. We refer you to Amazon, where you will find a great selection of travel adapters.
You can also check the map to see the use of different plugs and sockets in the world.
Voltage converter needed in Costa Rica?
In Costa Rica the standard voltage is 120 V and the frequency is 60 Hz.
- The voltage in Costa Rica (120 V) is less than in the United Kingdom (230 V). You need a voltage converter.
Some say you can carefully try to use your appliances in Costa Rica without a converter. Most likely they won't be damaged, but may not function optimally. If you don't want to take any chances, use a voltage converter in Costa Rica. You can find voltage converters at Amazon.
Also the frequency in Costa Rica (60 Hz) differs from the frequency in the United Kingdom (50 Hz). You should use a voltage converter which also changes the frequency, but these are hard to find. If your converter can't change the frequency, be warned! Be especially careful with moving, rotating and time related appliances like clocks, shavers and electric fan heaters.
To be sure, check the label on the appliance. Some appliances never need a converter. If the label states 'INPUT: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz' the appliance can be used in all countries in the world. This is common for chargers of tablets/laptops, photo cameras, cell phones, toothbrushes, etc.
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