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

Using Micro USB type B cable and a three pinned Europlug Type C power charger to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Latvian power outlet and recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a double pinned Schuko Type F power plug.

Latvian power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a different country especially if you've never been there before. 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 in Latvia. This guide was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 abroad.When visiting Latvia these instructions show how to power the Samsung Galaxy S4 using the standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You'll find power is different depending on which country you are travelling to so we recommend reading the Europe page for a complete list of countries. If you are visiting Latvia from a different country please ensure that the Samsung Galaxy S4 can be used with a 240v supply. If the Samsung Galaxy S4 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. If you are planning to visit a city like Riga we recommend reading the wikipedia web page about Latvia [1] for more indepth information.

Please refer to the Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual [2] for more details 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 Latvian power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Latvia

Can the Samsung Galaxy S4 be used in Latvia?

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

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

If you are travelling with more than just your Samsung Galaxy S4 then the best travel adapter for Latvia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of plug sockets in Latvia (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the included heads over. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature online, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Latvia

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 adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 North America going to Latvia 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 just 1 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Latvia.
What is the best travel adapter for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Latvia?

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

Using Micro USB type B cable and a three pinned Europlug Type C power charger to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Latvian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Latvian 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. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Latvian power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two circular holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains charger 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 found underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Latvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen 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 completely recharge the battery.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Latvian power outlet

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Latvian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Learn how to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Latvian power outlet using USB type B cord and a Type F power adapter.

  1. To supply power to the Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Latvian 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 taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm next to each other where the two plug outlet pins go, plus a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB type B connector 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 Latvian 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.
Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Latvian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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