What Outlet Does Mexico Use?

Are your devices compatible with Mexican outlets?

Mexico uses Type A and Type B outlets with a standardized electrical output of 127 volts and 15 amps. Furthermore, Mexico shares the same outlet type and voltage with other North American countries like Canada and the United States.

You can directly connect to Mexico outlets if you’re traveling from the said countries, if not, you’ll need to use either a travel adaptor, voltage converter, or both.

Effectively plan your vacation by learning more about the outlets used in Mexico.

Outlet Type Used in Mexico

Mexico uses both Type A and Type B power outlets.

The main difference between Type A and Type B outlets is the number of prongs.

  • Type A: Uses 2 prongs that consist of 2 parallel flat pins

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  • Type B: Uses 3 prongs that consist of 2 parallel flat pins and 1 rounded grounding pin

Any Type A plug will fit into both Type A and Type B outlets, but a Type B plug will only work in Type B outlets. Aside from the number of prongs, there’s virtually no difference between the two types.

Mexico uses the same outlets used in North American countries like Canada and the United States.

Electronic devices from Canada or the United States will have no problem connecting to outlets in Mexico, but you may need a travel adaptor for devices from other countries.


Voltage and Frequency of Mexico Outlets

Mexico uses a standardized electrical output of 127 volts and 15 amps throughout its electrical grid.

As with the outlet type, Mexico shares the same outlet voltage and frequency as other North American countries. Those traveling with devices made in North America can plug in their devices to power them, but you’ll need to check first whether your device is compatible if it’s made in other countries.


Is Your Device Compatible with Mexico Outlets

It’s important to check the device’s voltage usage if it’s made in countries outside North America.

A device can safely connect to Mexico outlets if its voltage and frequency range is within its capabilities. For example, if your device’s power requirements are “110-130V,” then it’s compatible with Mexico outlets. You should never directly connect devices whose voltage requirements are lower or higher than the outlet’s voltage; doing so will result in an overloaded outlet or device power failure.

You’ll need a voltage converter to successfully plug-in devices with different voltage requirements.

You won’t need a voltage converter if your device is dual voltage.

Many electronic devices incorporate dual voltage, allowing them to connect to outlets with different voltage ratings.

You can easily check whether a device has dual voltage by checking the power adapter or details.

If you see a voltage rating with a wide range like “100-240V,” your device is dual voltage.




References

World Plugs – International Electrotechnical Commission. http://www.iec.ch/world-plugs

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