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Old Oct 26, 08, 8:40 pm   #1
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Question on plug adapters for Peru & Chile

I'm leaving on Wednesday for Peru and Chile and was doing some last minute checking to make sure I had everything.

When I had previously checked with different tour guides, they said I needed a European style plug adapter. I thought I was in good shape and had everything I needed.

I was just double checking everything to make sure I was packing the correct adapters and came across some conflicting information.

I have a "Universal Grounded European (Schuko) Electrical Plug Adapter" that looks like http://www.laptoptravel.com/Product.aspx?ID=1054

However when I check it against the world electric guide I see that Chile uses plugs that look like http://www.kropla.com/!l.htm or http://www.kropla.com/!c.htm and Peru uses http://www.kropla.com/!c.htm or US type outlets.

Will the plug adapter I have work or do I need to get a different adapter?
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Old Oct 26, 08, 11:38 pm   #2
 
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The adaptor you have will definatly work in Chile and from the picture you posted it should work in Peru as well.

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Be careful with the thickness of the round prongs (the first link)
In Europe the prongs are bigger (larger diameter), and may not fit the sockets in South America (personal experience).
I'm not 100% sure, but I think in all the hotels in Peru I've been to, you can use plugs with both flat (American type) or round prongs (smaller diameter)
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but I think in all the hotels in Peru I've been to, you can use plugs with both flat (American type) or round prongs (smaller diameter)
This was my experience too. However, note that the voltage runs at 220 in Peru, so make sure whatever you plug in takes 220V, or else you will fry it (and blow a couple of fuses).
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Old Oct 27, 08, 1:11 pm   #5
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Thank you for your advise. I'm just taking my computer and battery charger for my camera. Both are rated to accept 100-240V, so as long as I can plug it in I should be fine.
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Old Oct 27, 08, 8:02 pm   #6
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FYI, I just got back from Peru, and every socket that I saw had the universal sockets that accept both the 2 round prong (European) and 2 flat prong (U.S.) plugs. As previously stated, make sure your devices' power supplies are rated for 220-240 V @ 50 Hz.
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Has anyone that's recently traveled to Chile have any further advice on the proper adapter for use? Will only be using a computer charger...so it's just a typical 3 prong American cord.
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Has anyone that's recently traveled to Chile have any further advice on the proper adapter for use? Will only be using a computer charger...so it's just a typical 3 prong American cord.
Travel, how about live here? Plug adapters are cheap and are sold even at the large supermarkets here. Your five star hotel will even hand them out to their guests.

Since grounding is not common, it is OK to use the two prong plug adapter on your three prong US plug and then plug into the outlet.
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, but I think in all the hotels in Peru I've been to, you can use plugs with both flat (American type) or round prongs (smaller diameter)
I agree
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Agree with Viajero Perpetuo and Villavic, just want to mention that you can easily and quickly pick up a cheap adapter from one of the two major hardware store chains in the country, Easy or Sodimac.
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*Easy and Sodimac chains are in Chile
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