How to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a power outlet in Madagascar

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Malagasy power outlet by using USB type B cable with a Type E USB adapter, recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a 2 pinned Type C power charger and how to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a three pinned Type D USB plug

Malagasy power outlet

If you are packing for a vacation to Madagascar it's helpful to know in advance if you can power all your common gadgets that you'll be bringing along with you. By not knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor when you're there. Different region codes and plugs can all cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country especially if you've never been there before. This guide was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 when you're in going to Madagascar.If you are staying in Madagascar this page has useful instructions showing how to power the Samsung Galaxy S4 using their standard types D, C, E, J or K Malagasy 127 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type D plug outlets will be typically used by most Malagasy. If the Samsung Galaxy S4 charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Madagascar from another region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts either take longer to charge or won't turn on, check the Samsung Galaxy S4 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. If you intend on staying in a city such as Antananarivo please read the Madagascar Wikipedia page [1] for more information prior to the location.

Refer to the Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual [2] for more information on the operation of the mobile phone and visit the Galaxy page for more phones from the Samsung Galaxy range which can connect to the Malagasy power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Madagascar

Can the Samsung Galaxy S4 be used in Madagascar?

You can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Madagascar by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Madagascar?

When you are travelling with more than your Samsung Galaxy S4 and visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Madagascar to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [14]. Malagasy use five different types of plug sockets (types D, C, E, J and K) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of Samsung Galaxy S4 supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [14] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Madagascar

The 4 port USB travel charger [14] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Madagascar and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Madagascar using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Madagascar.
What is the best power charger for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Madagascar?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Malagasy power outlet

Using type B USB Micro cord and a 3 pinned Europlug Type C power charger to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Malagasy power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the micro USB Type B cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You can find the USB Micro connector on the base of the phone located below the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 display will display a charge icon with to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung Galaxy while charging it will take longer to completely charge the battery.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Malagasy power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Malagasy power outlet

Using Type B USB cable with a Type D USB adapter to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Malagasy power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by three round holes forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the type B USB Micro cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You can find the multipurpose jack on the foot of the phone found underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 display will display a charge icon with to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung Galaxy S4 while charging it will take longer to fully charge the battery.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Malagasy power outlet

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

Using type B Micro USB cord and a 3 pinned Type E power charger to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. To power the Samsung Galaxy S4 from the Malagasy power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the power supply. This sunken circular plug outlet (called the Type E power outlet [8] or CEE 7/7 outlet) can be recognised by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes plus a metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Type B cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You'll find the USB Micro connector on the bottom of the Samsung located below the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen will display a charging icon with dots underneath to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung Galaxy whilst charging it may take longer to completely recharge the battery.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Malagasy power outlet

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Malagasy power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Malagasy power outlet by using USB Type B cable and a three pin Type J USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Malagasy power outlet you'll need to use a Type J USB power adapter [11] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Firstly insert the Type J USB power adapter into the Malagasy power outlet. You can identify this flattened hexagon shaped power supply by three large circular holes in a triangle pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You will find the USB jack on the base of the Samsung Galaxy situated underneath the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will show a charge icon with dots underneath to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the mobile while charging it may take longer to fully recharge the battery.
Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Malagasy power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

How to use a Type K power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Malagasy power outlet

Learn how to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Malagasy power outlet by using USB Type B connector and a three pin Type K USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Malagasy power outlet you will need to use a Type K USB power adapter [13] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type K USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes known as the Type K power outlet [12]) can be identified by three large holes in an inverted triangle pattern and the bottom hole appearing in a semicircular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You will find the USB jack on the base of the Samsung Galaxy situated underneath the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will show a charging icon with dots underneath to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the mobile whilst charging it may take longer to fully recharge the battery.
How to use a Type K power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Malagasy power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madagascar - Madagascar 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/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  10. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeJ.htm - Type J power outlet
  11. Type J USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type J mains power outlet
  12. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeK.htm - Type K power outlet
  13. Type K USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type K mains power outlet
  14. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters