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Electricity: Converters, Adapters, Surge Protectors


Mexican Electricity
Mexican electricity is the same voltage/wattage as the USA. The main issue is that most homes and public places are wired with only two prong outlets and are therefore not grounded. Virtually all USA appliances are three pronged including most laptops. Typical Mexican homes and businesses only use outlets for 2 prong electrical cords. What to do?

Do I need an Adapter?
Yes. If you can easily get to a hardware store before you leave, then go and buy yourself two 3-to-2 prong adapter-converters at about $2-3 for your laptop and for any other appliances that you might need -- hairdryers, coffee makers, etc.

Do I need a Surge Protector?
Yes! Yes. Yes, you should bring your own standard protected outlet with six plugs (approx $8-15). You will want to search for one that is compact with short cord to use on a regular basis in your homestay or while in the Posada Olalde. Note that these always are 3 prong cords! Thus, you will need to have an adapter. While 3-to-2 prong adapters are cheap in Mexico, protected outlets can be twice US price and not nearly as aesthetic to our us-tastes. to

 

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