We are heading to the Iberostar Cozumel in two weeks and would like to know what kind of plugs they have. Do we need to bring an adaptor for battery charger?
The wall outlets are either 3 prong like ours or 2 prong like we used to have. If you go to a Canadian tire, Home Hardware or Home Depot etc you can buy the 2 pin male plug with a 3 pin female side for a couple of $. This way no matter which the room has you are all set. Voltage & cycle is the same as here.
I would also add that a small power-strip will come in handy. There is a plug in the bathroom and one in the bedroom. We took a small alarm clock and had to unplug it everytime we needed to use the bedroom outlet. Just kind of a nuisance.
When are you going, where are you from.we will be there on April 2 we are leaving from Halifax. See ya there.
Some resorts, including the barcelo maya that we were at in January, have the two prong, but they are differant then the plugs we have in the rest of north america. If you look at some electrical plug-ins on your battery chargers, ect., they have a tall prong and a short prong. I think most outlets down there will accept two short prongs only. Look at the devices you are taking and see if the two metal prongs, on the cord plug are differant, if they are, they most likely will need the converters. My camera battery charger has two of the same prongs on the plug, but my phone cord has the "one tall and one short" prong and I needed the coverter for it. They are available at Radio Shack for a few bucks and are labeled as converters for the caribean. Always a good idea to bring a couple "three prong to two prong" convertors if anything you are bringing has a three prong plug. Hope that isn't to confusing.
MnDan has a good point, the current 2 pin polarized plug won't likely fit the Mexican 2 pin outlets. I had to go to Home Hardware this afternoon and could not find any 2 pin male to 3 pin female adaptors BUT did find some 3 pin cube taps that provided 3 outlets with 3 pin female sockets. The 2 power pins were equal in width, so if the ground pin was cut off it would work perfectly.
Ok you guys have me really confused now I was just wondering today about the plugs down there now if I go into a hardware store and ask for a caribbean plug adapter will that solve my plug problems and I guess I would need more than
one? thanks for your help
Go to a Radio Shack and they will guide you through it. Generally hardware store employee's will not be well informed and don't always have the correct converters.
To try and explain the wall outlets & electrical plugs goes like this. You may not need any adaptor, it depends on which style of plug is on your device and whether the resort in question has updated to the current type of wall outlet. Look at the plugs on whatever you want to take, if they have 2 pins sticking out are they both 1/4 inch wide, or is one a bit wider than the other. If one is wider (5/16") then it is called a "polarized plug" and only fits the newer style wall outlets, which also fit the 3 pin plug. My memory of the wall outlets at the Iberostar were old style 2 pin outlet, so a polarized plug would not fit. This year while staying at the Hotel Cozumel I found new style 3 pin outlets in the room, but the bathroom still had the old 2 pin outlet.
The simple way to be sure that you can plug into whichever type wall outlet they have is to bring along something that fits the 2 pin wall outlet and has 2 pins that are 1/4 inch wide. This can be bought, could be an old extension cord or power bar with the ground pin (the D shaped pin) removed or an adaptor bought from the electrical department of any home building supply store. Whichever way you decide to do it just make sure both pins are 1/4 inch wide. Removing the ground pin defeats the safety aspect of the cord or adaptor etc when used at home IF what you plug in has 3 pins, but if it only has 2 pins then there is no difference. The reason we now have 2 pin polarized plugs is that even with the ground pin there were safety issues. To reduce the issues manufacturers have stopped using materials which can conduct electricity as the case for whatever the cord is attached to. If the case or housing is insulated then the risk of shock is gone, and the need for the ground pin is also gone. If you buy or make an adaptor then keep it in your luggage for future use, and it will always be found when needed.
We were at the Iberostar in October and the room we were in had the 3-prong plugs. Otherwise, I wouldn't have been able to use my hairdryer.
Maybe it varies by room.