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What is the voltage in cities in Brazil? How to know?

Even in times when cell phones and many other electronics are dual voltage, there are still many people who are concerned about the voltage in cities in Brazil when traveling. It turns out that there are still many devices without this configuration and that simply may burn or not work outside of where you live.

Among the simplest equipment that are not normally dual voltage and that are part of the luggage are hairdryer, curling iron, fan, heater, electrical repellent… it all depends on the destination and what you are going to use on the trip.

New device where you still need to choose the voltage between 127v or 220v

That’s why we will help you to know the voltage in cities in Brazil, at least in the main or most visited ones.

But as the data are very contradictory information disclosed by energy distributors and even by ANEEL, the idea is that this is a “live post”, constantly being updated. If you find any discrepancies or want to let us know if the voltage in your city is 127V or 220V, please leave a comment.

THE VOLTAGE IN THE CITIES OF BRAZIL

Before starting the list of states and main cities, it is worth talking a little about the technical terms and also the reason for these differences between the regions of the country.

| VOLTAGE OR VOLTAGE?

The term “voltage” is popular in Brazil, but the correct one would be Electric Potential Difference or else Electric tensionas explained by the Reference Center for Physics Teaching (CREF), from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. That’s the correct way of referring to it, but as “voltage” is colloquial and more common among us, at times we will continue to use this word in this text.

| WHY ARE THERE TWO “VOLTAGES” IN BRAZIL?

In Brazil, there are different tensions between cities because the electrical network was implemented by different companies without a standard at the beginning of the 20th century, as explained by the Super interesting. This was never standardized because the cost would be too high.

It is still worth saying that, although much is heard about 110V, in Brazil there are only two tensions: 127 volts and 220 volts. This is another common mistake among the population that occurs because There was 110V voltage around herewhich is being extinguished, giving way to 127V.

VOLTAGE IN STATES AND CITIES

STATE VOLTAGE IN MAIN CITIES

ACRE

127V – Rio Branco, Cruzeiro do Sul and other cities
ALAGOAS 220V – Maceió, Maragogi, São Miguel dos Milagres and other cities
AMAPA 127V – Macapá and other cities
AMAZON 127V – Manaus, Parintins, Tabatinga, Tefé and other cities
BAHIA

127V – Salvador, Ilhéus, Itacaré and Feira de Santana

220V – Porto Seguro (Caraíva, Trancoso and Arraial d’Ajuda), Morro de SP and Praia do Forte

CEARÁ

220V – Fortaleza, Jericoacoara, Canoa Quebrada, Aquiraz, Juazeiro do Norte and other cities

FEDERAL DISTRICT

220V – Brasilia and other cities

HOLY SPIRIT

127V – Vitória, Vila Velha, Guarapari, Conceição da Barra, Colatina, Itaúna and other cities

GOIÁS

220V – Goiania and other cities

MARANHÃO

220V – São Luís, Barreirinhas, Alcântara and other cities

MATO GROSSO

127V – Cuiabá, Chapada dos Guimarães, Nobres and most cities

MATO GROSSO DO SUL

127V – Campo Grande, Bonito, Corumbá and other cities

MINAS GERAIS

127V – Belo Horizonte, Ouro Preto, Mariana, Tiradentes, Diamantina, Juiz de Fora, Uberaba, Caxambu, São Lourenço, Monte Verde, São João del Rei and most cities

220V – Uberlândia and some other cities

FOR

127V – Belém, Santarém, Marabá, Alter do Chão, Altamira and other municipalities

PARANA

127V – Curitiba, Foz do Iguaçu, Cascavel, Ponta Grossa, Ilha do Mel and most cities

220V – Rio Negro and Guarapuava

PARAÍBA

220V – João Pessoa, Campina Grande and other cities

PERNAMBUCO

220V – Recife, Porto de Galinhas, Olinda, Fernando de Noronha, Tamandaré, Petrolina and other cities

PIAUÍ 220V – Teresina and other cities
RIO DE JANEIRO

127V – Rio de Janeiro, Niterói, Búzios, Cabo Frio, Arraial do Cabo, Ilha Grande, Angra dos Reis, Paraty, Trindade, Petrópolis, Teresópolis and most cities

220V – Nova Friburgo

LARGE NORTHERN RIVER

220V – Natal, Tibau do Sul (Pipa) and other cities

RIO GRANDE DO SUL

110V – Porto Alegre, Rio Grande, Canoas, Torres and some other municipalities

220V – Gramado, Canela, Caxias do Sul, Bento Gonçalves, Bagé, Pelotas, Uruguaiana and other municipalities

RONDÔNIA

127V – Porto Velho, Vilhena, Guajará-Mirim and other cities

RORAIMA

127V – Good view

SANTA CATARINA

220V – Florianópolis, Balneário Camboriú, Joinville, Blumenau, Bombinhas and other cities

SAO PAULO

127V – São Paulo, ABCD, Guarulhos, Campinas, Guarujá, São Vicente, Praia Grande, Ilhabela, Ubatuba, Brotas, Ribeirão Preto and most municipalities

220V – Santos, Jundiaí, Bertioga, Caraguatatuba, São José dos Campos, Mogi das Cruzes, Vinhedo and some other cities

SERGIPE

127V – Aracaju and most municipalities

TOCANTINS

220V – Palmas and other regions, including Jalapão

What is the voltage in cities in Brazil

DISCLAIMERS REGARDING VOLTAGE

It is worth mentioning the numbers mentioned above are the electrical voltages that we normally find in the sockets of these cities. Nothing prevents a destination with a standard 127V from having 220V outlets. In my house, including in São Paulo, the shower is 220V, while all other installations are 127V.

In such cases, mainly in hotels, the most important thing is to pay attention to whether there is a sign on the outlets of the voltage or even confirm with an employee. You can see hotels, inns, apartments and discounted rates in the link below.

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Do you have any other questions about voltage in cities in Brazil? The one you’re looking for didn’t appear on the list? Did you see any discrepancies? Leave your comment!

*Sources: ANEEL and ABRADEE

Rafael Carvalho

A fan of chicken with okra and a good beer from Minas Gerais, he currently lives in São Paulo. He has a degree in Radio and TV, a postgraduate degree in Journalism and has been working with Digital Content for over 12 years. He has worked for companies such as SBT and Jovem Pan FM. Passionate about travel, he founded Esse Mundo É Nosso and travels around Brazil and the world all year round, always looking for tips to share.

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