How to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 when planning a trip to Sri Lanka

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet by using USB type B connector and a three pin Type M USB adapter, recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a three pin Type G USB charger and charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Type D power charger

Sri Lankan power outlet

If you are organizing a vacation it can be useful to know if you'll be able to power any electrical devices such as cell phones and laptop computers when you're there. But, without knowing which power supply to expect you may end up either weighing your suitcases down with too many spare adaptors or bring the wrong adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to purchase a suitable charger on arrival. Varying different standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country especially if you've never been there before. This guide has been written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 abroad.The following step-by-step guide will show you how to power the Samsung Galaxy S4 when you're visiting Sri Lanka using their Type G, D or M Sri Lankan 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type G power outlets will be typically used by a majority of Sri Lankans. If travelling to Sri Lanka from a different region check that the Samsung Galaxy S4 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you are planning to visit a Sri Lankan place such as Colombo or Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia please read the Sri Lanka country page on Wikipedia [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 Sri Lankan power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Sri Lanka

Can you use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Sri Lanka?

Yes, you can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Sri Lanka.

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

When you are travelling with more than your Samsung Galaxy S4 and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Sri Lanka to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three different standards of power outlets that Sri Lankans use (types G, D and M) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, plus support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional power outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to store 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 tablets, phones and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Sri Lanka

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

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Sri Lanka.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Sri Lanka.
What is the best power charger for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Sri Lanka?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet

A guide showing you how to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet using Micro USB type B cable with a Type G USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the Samsung Galaxy S4 from the Sri Lankan power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the power outlet. This plug outlet (sometimes known as the Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by three slots with plastic shutters in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Plug in the USB 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 Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in 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 phone whilst charging it may take longer to fully recharge the battery.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using type B USB connector with a Type D power adapter to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Sri Lankan power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. First plug the Type D USB power adapter in the Sri Lankan power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 3 circular holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the micro USB Type B connector into the mains USB adapter 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 underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Sri Lankan 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.
Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet by using USB type B connector and a three pin Type M USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to your Samsung Galaxy S4 from the Sri Lankan power outlet you will need a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type M USB power adapter in the power outlet. This power outlet, technically called a Type M power outlet [8], can be identified by three large holes in a triangle pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You will find the multipurpose jack on the bottom of the Samsung Galaxy found below the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Sri Lankan 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 will take longer to completely recharge the battery.
How to use a Type M power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lanka - Sri Lanka country page on Wikipedia
  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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M 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