You may have confusion if your electrical appliances will work when you are in Bolivia or not, and you need to know about the electrical system in the Country as both the electrical current, because the electrical system may be different from those of your home country.
The Electricity in Bolivia:
- Bolivia plug socket: Type A and C
- Voltage: The standard voltage in Bolivia is 115 / 230 V which is compatible with all UK appliances.
- Frequency: The standard frequency in Bolivia is 50 Hz which is the same as the UK.
Electrical Outlets in Bolivia:
There are two associated types of electrical outlets in Bolivia,
type A and the type C. The plug type A is mainly used in Central America and North America, Japan and China. This plug socket only works with the plug type A.
And the plug type C is the plug type which has two round pins. Is also known as the standard “Euro” plug. And This plug socket also works with plug E and plug F.
Electrical Current in Bolivia:
The standard voltage in Bolivia is 115 / 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Be careful! In Bolivia there are more than one voltage is being used (115 / 230 V). And it can depend on the region, the hotel or the city which voltage you will come across. You will need a voltage converter! because you cannot use your equipment if the local voltage exceeds the maximum voltage of your appliances.
But if the local voltage is less than that in your own country, you need a voltage converter as well. Some are saying that you can carefully try to use your appliances in Bolivia without a converter. And if you don’t want to take any chances, use a converter.
In the other hand, if the frequency in Bolivia (50 Hz) differs from the one in your country, it is not advised to use your appliances. But if there is no voltage difference, you could try to use the appliance for a short time (at your own risk).
The Bolivia converter:
The voltage converter attaches to your electrical devices and regulates the electrical current coming out of outlets that use 220v. But without a voltage converter, your single-volt appliances are a safety hazard. They will not work and may cause a fire.
And if you want to buy a voltage converter for the single-volt appliances you are bringing with you to Bolivia, find the
wattage rating on the appliances. So when you have this wattage number, buy a voltage converter that is 25% higher in wattage than the appliance you intend to use it with.
Do I need a travel adapter for a trip from the United State to Bolivia?
Yes, you will need a travel adapter for a trip from the United States to Bolivia. In Bolivia, the people are using different electrical outlets that are not compatible with plugs from the United States!
Bolivia uses electrical outlets of type A and C. The Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in the United States, are only partially used in Bolivia.
The voltage is higher than the 120 volts in the United States. And this difference means that you have to be careful when using electrical devices.
The frequency is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in the United States. So this difference may not be a problem for most of your devices