Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to Brazil?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Australia to Brazil. In Brazil, people are using different power plugs and power outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Australia!

Brazil und Australia compared
Flag: Australia
IOutlets of type IOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Flag: Brazil
COutlets of type CNOutlets of type NOutlets
127 / 220 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Country information

About Brazil

Flag: About Brazil

Brazil is a country in America (South America) with about 204.3 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 8.5 Millionen km². The capital of Brazil is Brasília (2.8 Millionen inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Portuguese, Spanish, English and French.

The neighbors of Brazil are Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

TLD: .brCurrency: BRLCountry calling code: +55Country Code : BR
Power sockets

Which types of power plugs are used in Brazil?

Brazil uses power plugs of type C and N. Power outlets of type I, which are common in Australia, are not in use in Brazil.

Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Brazil?

The voltage in Brazil is not standardized. Depending on the region, sockets in Brazil supply electricity with a voltage of 127 or 220 volts.

The voltage consequently is sometimes lower than the 230 volts in Australia. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Australia:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in Brazil, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Brazil?

The utility frequency in Brazil is 60 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is higher than the 50 Hertz in use in Australia. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in Brazil, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in Brazil, you should not use the device!