Travelers will find a mix of 110 and 220 voltage in Brazil. Most tourist hotels have
both clearly marked. One may purchase small voltage converters or simple plug converters
to take with you. If buying light bulbs be sure to check if they are 110v or 220v.
Power outages are common, especially during storms. It is wise when in the city (and
not using a diesel generator) to keep candles, matches, lanterns and flashlights on hand.
It is also advisable to have surge protectors for all major appliances, televisions,
telephones, faxes and computers.
Color TVs purchased in the U.S. play only black and white in Brazil. You may have
your TV converted ($US150-$200) or purchase a transcorder for approximately $100.