Charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a power outlet in Russia

Using USB micro type B cable and a Europlug Type C USB charger to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Russian power outlet and charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a double pin Type F power adapter.

Russian power outlet

If organizing a trip it can be helpful to know in advance if you can use your devices like mobiles and cameras when you get to your destination. By not knowing which power socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore needing to borrow a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival which might not be compatible. Complicated standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country especially to the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 abroad.This step-by-step guide will show exactly how to supply power to the Samsung Galaxy S4 when travelling to Russia using their standard F or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Russians typically use Type F plug outlets. When travelling to Russia from a different region ensure that the Samsung Galaxy S4 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check the Samsung Galaxy S4 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. If you are planning on staying at a tourist destination like Moscow or Saint Petersburg we recommend referring to the Russia Wikipedia page [1] for more details.

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 by Samsung which can connect to the Russian power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Russia

Can you use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Russia?

You can connect a Samsung Galaxy S4 to a Russian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Russia?

If you are travelling with more than your Samsung Galaxy S4 the best international travel charger for Russia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Russians use two different standards of power outlets (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads. If your type of Samsung Galaxy S4 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate power adapters. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 at the airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger at an electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Russia

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 wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Russia 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 portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Russia using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Russia.
What is the best power adapter for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Russia?

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

Using USB micro type B cable and a Europlug Type C USB charger to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Russian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Russian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Russian power outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by the 2 circular adjacent holes for live and neutral.
  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 can find the multipurpose jack on the foot of the Samsung situated below the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Russian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen will show a charging icon with to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung Galaxy 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 Russian power outlet

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

Using Type B USB micro connector with a three pinned Type F power adapter to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Russian power outlet.

  1. To power the Samsung Galaxy S4 using the Russian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter in the power outlet. The sunken round plug supply, also known as the Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko plug, can be identified by the two large adjacent holes, plus thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You will find the USB Micro connector on the base of the phone found underneath the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Russian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in 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 Samsung Galaxy S4 whilst charging it will take longer to fully charge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Russian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia - Russia Wikipedia page
  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