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

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

Panama und Australia compared
Flag: Australia
Australia
IOutlets of type IOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Flag: Panama
Panama
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Country information

About Panama

Flag: About Panama

Panama is a country in America (Central America) with about 3.7 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 75 000 km². The capital of Panama is Panamá (408 000 inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Spanish and English.

The neighbors of Panama are Colombia and Costa Rica.

TLD: .paCurrency: USDCountry calling code: +507Country Code : PA
Power sockets

Which types of power plugs are used in Panama?

Panama uses power plugs of type A and B. Power outlets of type I, which are common in Australia, are not in use in Panama.

Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Panama?

The voltage in Panama is 120 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is 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 Panama, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Panama?

The utility frequency in Panama 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 Panama, 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 Panama, you should not use the device!

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