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How to use plugs from Brazil in Costa Rica

Plugs, sockets, adapters and other information needed for travelling from Brazil to Costa Rica in this page. If you want a report for other countries, re-start the wizard to find to electric adapters for your trip here.

Quick Chart at-a-glance

  Brazil Costa Rica  
Voltage: 110V, 220V. 120V. icons/teeth.gif icons/exclamation2.gif icons/exclamation2.gif  
Plugs Type: A, B, C. A, B. icons/teeth.gif icons/question.gif  
Hertz: 60Hz. 60Hz. icons/teeth.gif  

If you are an electrical savvy, perhaps the previous chart is all you need. If this is not the case, you can continue reading and discover what the chart is saying!

Plugs and Sockets at each country

In Brazil the following plugs are used: (and Brasília, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Recife, Manaus.)

Brazil' Plug Type A Brazil' Plug Type B Brazil' Plug Type C
Plug Type A Plug Type B Plug Type C
Brazil' Outlet Type A Brazil' Outlet Type B Brazil' Outlet Type C
Outlet Type A Outlet Type B Outlet Type C

Considerations for Brazil

Multiple readers have reported that Brazil uses mostly type "C" and 220V (hotels and big cities). Considering Brazil is a big country, it might be possible your location might be using 110V and flat type plugs (A & B). We keep the traditional outlet-types and voltages in our database for your consideration.

... and in Costa Rica you will use: (and Cocos Island, Arenal, Tortuguero, San José, Puerto Limón, La Fortuna, Playa Tamarindo.)

Costa Rica' Plug Type A Costa Rica' Plug Type B
Plug Type A Plug Type B
Costa Rica' Outlet Type A Costa Rica' Outlet Type B
Outlet Type A Outlet Type B

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Voltage

Take extreme care: the electric network is not homogeneous

Different voltages are used within the countries. So perhaps different voltages are used in different regions or cities. You will have to exercise extreme caution about this. Before pluging any electric device, you should check your device voltage and you must ask a local for the voltage used in the electric network. If you move to different city or region, you should ask again. Using electric devices in different voltage network could incurr in a broken device and even fire. Please read further the page for more information.

On the positive side, nowadays many devices will switch automatically to the network voltage and they will work just fine, i.e. mobile phone chargers are typically multi-voltage (but please, do actually check your own).

High-power devices don't usually handle different voltages due to the high-currents involved i.e. anything that its main purpose involves generating heat (or cold) like hair driers, baby bottle warmers, kettles, etc. On the contrary, modern low-power devices are likely to auto-detect and auto-adapt to different voltages i.e. usb chargers, laptop chargers, etc.

You might either need a step up voltage converter, a step down voltage converter, or maybe, nothing at all. When a country electronic grid is not homogenous, there is not much we can help but ask you to exercise caution.

Plugs Type

Some connectors are used in both countries

You will be able to plug the devices directly in Costa Rica (please read other sections of this reports in regards to voltage, etc.). Perhaps you will need adapters for some sockets, but it is usually easier to find adapters at destination if your plug is already being used in the country. Sometimes different cities uses different systems, you might need to do a bit more of research. If you find more information please let us know.

Adapters

Lists of adapters you can use in your travel:

Adapter: generic

front view of generic adapter to use plugs type C, D, E, F, G, M from Brazil in outlets type A, B from Costa Rica back view of generic adapter to use plugs type C, D, E, F, G, M from Brazil in outlets type A, B from Costa Rica
Front Back

This adapter allows you to use plugs type: C, D, E, F, G, M into outlets type: A, B.

This adapter is probably illegal in some countries, we put it here for educational purposes; it does not have earth connection but it allows earthed plugs to be connected to it. It has no finger-terminal protection. Try to go for a more expensive and safer alternative.

Adapter: generic

front view of generic adapter to use plugs type C, E, F from Brazil in outlets type A, B from Costa Rica back view of generic adapter to use plugs type C, E, F from Brazil in outlets type A, B from Costa Rica
Front Back

This adapter allows you to use plugs type: C, E, F into outlets type: A, B.

Simple, small and cheap. You can buy half a dozen of them for almost no money and they will not occupy space in your travel bag. its drawback, it does not have earth-connection but it might not be required for some devices.

Adapters you can buy

You can buy the following multi-purpose adapters from Amazon. Please also take a look at the recommended gadgets for your trip.

Hertz

Equal Hertz

This is the perfect situation. You will not have any clock shift issue with the same Hertz.


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