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

The Wiki Connections guide on how to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 with a North Korean power outlet by using Type B Micro USB cord and a 3 pinned Type A USB charger, how to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a double pin Type C Europlug USB adapter and how to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a double pin Type F Schuko USB charger

North Korean power outlet

Different combinations of frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 in North Korea. These instructions were written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 when North Korea.The following step-by-step guide shows you what you'll need to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 when staying in North Korea by using the standard Type F, A or C 220 volt 60Hz power outlets. When you are visiting North Korea from a different region please ensure that the Samsung Galaxy S4 can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. If you intend to visit a North Korean place such as Pyongyang or Hamhung refer to the North Korean Wikipedia page [1] for further details prior to travelling to the area.

Please refer to the Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual [2] for more details 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 North Korean power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in North Korea

Can you use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in North Korea?

Yes, you can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in North Korea by using the correct power convertor.

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

If travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for North Korea is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. North Koreans use three different types of plug sockets (types F, A and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your model of Samsung Galaxy S4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for North Korea

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor 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 North Korea.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting North Korea.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in North Korea?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a North Korean power outlet

The Wiki Connections guide on how to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 with a North Korean power outlet by using Type B Micro USB cord and a 3 pinned Type A USB charger.

  1. In order to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 from a North Korean power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the power supply. This power outlet (sometimes called a Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Then connect one end of the Type B USB cord into the bottom of the USB power 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 Galaxy found below the Home button.
  4. Switch on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen will show a charge icon with to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the phone while charging it will take longer to completely charge the battery.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a North Korean power outlet

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a North Korean power outlet

The Wiki Connections guide on how to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a North Korean power outlet by using type B Micro USB cord and a three pinned Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. To supply power to your Samsung Galaxy S4 from the North Korean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the North Korean power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Micro Type B connector into the power adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You'll find the USB jack on the foot of the phone found underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 display will display a charging icon with to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung whilst charging it may take longer to completely recharge the battery.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a North Korean power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a North Korean power outlet

The Wiki Connections guide on how to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 with a North Korean power outlet by using Type B Micro USB cord and a three pinned Type F Schuko USB charger.

  1. In order to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 from a North Korean power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the power supply. This round power outlet (sometimes known as the Type F power outlet [8] or Schuko outlet) can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Micro Type B connector into the power adapter 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 found underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 display will display a charging icon with 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 Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a North Korean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Korea - North Korean 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/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A 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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters