How to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 when staying in South Korea

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a South Korean power outlet by using type B USB cord and a Type C power charger and powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a two pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter.

South Korean power outlet

If you are organizing to travel to South Korea it's helpful to know if you'll be able to use all your common devices when you reach your destination. But without knowing which plug socket is used in South Korea you may bring the wrong charger, leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never been there before. This guide shows what you'll need to supply power to your Samsung Galaxy S4 when you are visiting South Korea by using the standard types F or C South Korean 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, Type F power outlets are used by most South Koreans. When you are visiting South Korea from a different country check your Samsung Galaxy S4 can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it.

We recommend referring 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 South Korean power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in South Korea

Can the Samsung Galaxy S4 be used in South Korea?

You can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in South Korea.

What is the best power charger for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in South Korea?

If travelling with more than just your Samsung Galaxy S4 or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for South Korea to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. South Koreans use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included plugs. If your type of Samsung Galaxy S4 supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for South Korea

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to South Korea using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 most travellers from around the world visiting South Korea.
What is the best power charger for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in South Korea?

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

Using USB Micro Type B cable with a 3 pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter to recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a South Korean power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 from the South Korean power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply (called a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) can be identified by the two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect one end of the type B USB cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You will find the USB jack on the foot of the Samsung Galaxy S4 found below the Home button.
  4. Switch on the South Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in 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 Samsung whilst charging it may take longer to fully charge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a South Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a South Korean power outlet by using type B USB cord and a Type F power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a South Korean power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the South Korean power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two adjacent holes where the pins slide into along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You'll find the multipurpose jack on the foot of the phone located below the Home button.
  4. Switch on the South Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 display will display a charging icon with dots underneath to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the mobile while charging it will take longer to completely recharge the battery.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a South Korean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Korea - wikipedia.org page about South Korea
  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/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F 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