How to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 from a power outlet in England

How to connect a British power outlet to a Samsung Galaxy S4

British power outlet

Various voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 when you are staying abroad.This page contains a step by step guide telling you what you'll need to supply power to your Samsung Galaxy S4 when you're in England by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G British plug outlet, the Britons will use BS 1363 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. When you are visiting England from a different country double check your Samsung Galaxy S4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If the Samsung Galaxy S4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged during charging.

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 British power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in England

Can the Samsung Galaxy S4 be used in England?

You can connect a Samsung Galaxy S4 to a British power outlet.

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

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel power adapter for England to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of Samsung Galaxy S4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices. Having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for England

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These travel converters are supplied 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 travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to England using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and offers almost 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 just 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 England.
What is the best power charger for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in England?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a British power outlet

Using Type B USB cord and a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a British power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your Samsung Galaxy S4 from the British power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the British power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by 3 slots containing shutters forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Type B Micro USB cord into the power 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 Samsung Galaxy S4 located below the Home button.
  4. Switch on the British 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 Samsung Galaxy whilst charging it may take longer to completely recharge the battery.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a British power outlet

See also

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