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

A guide showing you how to recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Lao power outlet using USB type B cable and a three pin Type E USB adapter, how to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a double pinned Europlug Type C power plug and how to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a double pinned Type F Schuko power plug

Lao power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. This guide was written to assist people wanting to power the Samsung Galaxy S4 when they are travelling to Laos.The following step-by-step guide will show you how to power the Samsung Galaxy S4 when you're visiting Laos using their types F, C or E Lao 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If travelling to Laos from a different region check that the Samsung Galaxy S4 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you are planning to visit a Lao city such as Vientiane please read the wikipedia.org entry about Laos [1] for more information prior to the area.

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 in the Samsung Galaxy range which will connect to the Lao power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Laos

Can the Samsung Galaxy S4 be used in Laos?

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

What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Laos?

If travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your Samsung Galaxy S4 the best travel power adapter for Laos is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Laotians use three different types of plug sockets (types F, C and E) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the heads over. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 at an airport or on a plane. 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 smartphones, tablets and e-readers and using only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for an adaptable travel adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer, the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Laos

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Laos and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Laos 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 North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Laos.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Laos?

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

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Lao power outlet with type B Micro USB cord with a Type C power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to a Samsung Galaxy S4 from the Lao power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You'll find the USB jack on the foot of the Samsung situated underneath the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Lao 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 whilst charging it may take longer to fully recharge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Lao power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Lao power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

A guide showing you how to recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Lao power outlet using USB type B cable and a three pin Type E USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Lao power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. First plug the Type E USB power adapter in the Lao power outlet. The round power outlet can be recognised by the two 4.8mm holes 19mm apart from each other along with one metal grounding pin protruding in the top in a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect the USB end of the type B Micro USB cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You'll find the USB jack on the foot of the Samsung Galaxy S4 situated underneath the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen 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 Lao power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Lao power outlet

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Lao power outlet with type B Micro USB cord with a Type F power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Lao power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Firstly insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Lao power outlet. The sunken round wall outlet can be identified by the two large adjacent holes, plus a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then 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 Samsung Galaxy S4 situated underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen 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 charge the battery.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Lao power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laos - wikipedia.org entry about Laos
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters