How to Charge a Mobile in Mexico

If you are traveling for business or pleasure, you may need to charge an electrical appliance such as your laptop or cell phone. Charging your mobile phone in Mexico may be as simple as plugging your phone’s charger into the outlet. However, you may need adapters and voltage regulators to avoid damaging your device.

...
A converter

Step

Check out the voltage used in Mexico. Most electrical appliances made for use in Mexico work at 117 volts.

Step

Find out the voltage rate of the country you are traveling from. Most electrical appliances made for use in the United States work at 115 volts.

Step

Compare the voltage of the countries. The United States, Mexico and Canada generally use 110/120 volts for electrical equipment, but most other countries use 220 to 240 volts. Since Mexico uses the approximate same voltage as the United States, no converter is required. If traveling from a country that uses 220/240 volts, you will need a converter to "step down" the electric current to 110. Purchase a converter.

Step

Plug your phone’s charger directly unto the outlet if you do not need a step-down converter. Travelers to Mexico from the U.S., Canada, Japan and most of the Caribbean will be able to plug their phone charger directly into the outlet. Travelers to Mexico from most European countries and countries in other parts of the world that use 220-volt electrical outlets will have to plug their cell phone charger into a converter and plug the converter into the electrical outlet.

Step

Look up the plug configuration of the country you are traveling from and, using the diagram, select the appropriate adapter. Plug adapters do not convert voltage. Every country has a different plug configuration. Travelers needing to use a step-down converter and an adapter will plug the charger plug into the step-down converter, then plug the step-down converter into the adapter plug, and then plug the charger into the electrical outlet. Travelers from the United States will not need an adapter to change their cell phone’s electrical plug to a different configuration. Both Mexico and the United States use plugs that have two straight prongs or two straight prongs with a rounded grounding prong, which are commonly known as “A” and “B” outlets. Travelers to Mexico from the United States will not need a plug adapter.