Charging the Samsung Galaxy S4 when planning a trip to Benin

A guide showing how to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Beninese power outlet with Type B USB Micro cable and a Europlug Type C power adapter and how to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a 2 pin Type E power adapter.

Beninese power outlet

Varying different voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 when you are going abroad.If visiting Benin these instructions show powering the Samsung Galaxy S4 by using their standard E or C type Beninese 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. If you are visiting Benin from another country make sure your Samsung Galaxy S4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it up. If you intend to stay in a destination such as Cotonou we recommend referring to the Benin Wikipedia page [1] for further details.

We recommend referring to the Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual [2] for further details on the operation of the mobile phone and visit the Galaxy page for more phones from the Samsung Galaxy range which will connect to the Beninese power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Benin

Can you use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Benin?

You can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Benin by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Benin?

When you are travelling with more than your Samsung Galaxy S4 or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Benin is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Beninese use two different types of power outlets (types E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring individual travel chargers for your Beninese trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Benin

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Benin using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Benin.
What is the best power adapter for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Benin?

Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Beninese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A guide showing how to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Beninese power outlet by using Type B USB Micro cable and a Europlug Type C power adapter.

  1. To charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Beninese power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply (sometimes called the Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You'll find the multipurpose jack on the base of the Samsung Galaxy located underneath the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will display a charge icon with dots underneath to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung while charging it may take longer to fully recharge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Beninese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Beninese power outlet

Using USB Type B cord with a Type E USB charger to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Beninese power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Beninese power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the Beninese power outlet. This recessed round power supply (sometimes called the Type E power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the two circular holes 19mm apart from each other where the two plug outlet pins slide into plus one long metal grounding pin protruding the top forming a triangular shape.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Micro type B connector into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You will find the USB Micro connector on the foot of the Samsung Galaxy found underneath the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 display will show a charging icon with to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the mobile whilst charging it will take longer to fully recharge the battery.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Beninese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin - Benin Wikipedia page
  2. http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/201304/20130430133529298/GT-I9505_UM_EU_Jellybean_Eng_Rev.1.1_130426.pdf - Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  5. USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable - Used to connect USB devices which have a USB Mini-B port to computers, power supplies and other devices
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters