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

The Wiki Connections page on how to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a German power outlet by using Type B Micro USB cord and a three pinned Type C Europlug USB charger and charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Type F power charger.

German power outlet

If you are organizing a vacation to Germany it's helpful to know in advance if you can charge any essential devices such as cell phones and laptops that you are bringing along. However without knowing which power supply to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, meaning needing to purchase a suitable charger when you arrive. Varying complicated region codes and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 in Germany. This page has useful instructions showing you exactly how to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 when you're travelling to Germany by using their F or C type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Germans use Type F wall outlets. Power sources vary depending on which country you're taking a trip to therefore please read the Wiki Connections world power connections list where you'll find a complete list showing regions and countries. If you are visiting Germany from a different country check that the Samsung Galaxy S4 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the Samsung Galaxy S4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your Samsung Galaxy S4 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it.

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 German power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Germany

Can the Samsung Galaxy S4 be used in Germany?

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

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

If travelling to multiple countries the best international travel power adapter for Germany to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Germans use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these travel adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power adapters. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this online, the power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Germany

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] 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, 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Germany using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Germany.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Germany?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a German power outlet

The Wiki Connections page on how to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a German 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 German 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. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes called a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, is identified by 2 holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect one end of the type B Micro USB cord into the USB mains adapter 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 situated underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the German 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 fully recharge the battery.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a German power outlet

Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a German power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

The WikiConnections page on how to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a German power outlet by using Type B Micro USB cord and a three pinned Type F Schuko USB charger.

  1. In order to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 using a German power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the German power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by two holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into along with grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the Type B Micro USB cord into the USB mains adapter 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 situated underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the German power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears 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.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a German power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany - wikipedia.org page about Germany
  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