How to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 when planning a trip to Belgium

Simple instructions showing you how to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Belgian power outlet by using type B USB micro cord with a Type C USB adapter and charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Type E power adapter.

Belgian power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the Samsung Galaxy S4 . This page was specifically written to prevent people having to worry if they'll be able to power their Samsung Galaxy S4 abroad.This page has instructions showing you exactly what you'll need to supply power to your Samsung Galaxy S4 when travelling to Belgium using their standard types E or C Belgian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Belgians normally use the Type E plugs in their power outlets. When you are travelling to Belgium from another country please check that your Samsung Galaxy S4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. If you plan on travelling to a destination like Brussels or Antwerp we also recommend referring to the wikipedia web page about Belgium [1] for further information on 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 in the Samsung Galaxy range which will connect to the Belgian power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Belgium

Can the Samsung Galaxy S4 be used in Belgium?

You can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Belgium by using the correct power convertor.

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

If you are travelling with more than just your Samsung Galaxy S4 then the best travel adapter for Belgium to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Belgians use two different standards of wall outlets (E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of Samsung Galaxy S4 can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these power adapters, plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to bring multiple power chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 at the airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Belgium

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] 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 strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These travel converters come supplied 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 travel adaptor 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 Belgium using type B 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 and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Belgium.
What is the best travel adapter for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Belgium?

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

Simple instructions showing you how to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Belgian power outlet by using type B USB micro cord with a Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 using the Belgian 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. First you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Belgian power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two circular holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  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 USB Micro connector on the bottom of the phone located underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 display 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.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Belgian power outlet

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

Using USB type B connector and a three pinned Type E power charger to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Belgian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Belgian power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by taking the Type E USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19mm apart from each other where the twin plug outlet pins go along with one metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB type B cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You'll find the USB jack on the base of the Samsung Galaxy situated below the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Belgian 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 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 E power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Belgian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgium - wikipedia web page about Belgium
  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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters