Charging the Samsung Galaxy S4 from a power outlet in Spain

Learn how to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Spanish power outlet with USB Type B cord with a 3 pin Type C USB charger and how to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a 2 pin Schuko Type F power adapter.

Spanish power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country, especially to the first time traveller. These instructions have been written to help assist people wanting to power the Samsung Galaxy S4 abroad.This useful guide tells you exactly what you'll need to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 when you're visiting Spain using their standard F or C type Spanish 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, you'll discover a majority of Spaniards typically use Type F power outlets. If you are visiting Spain from another region please double check 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 110v) ensure that your Samsung Galaxy S4 is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overloading whilst powering it up. If you plan on travelling to a Spanish city like Madrid or Bilbao please refer to the wikipedia entry about Spain [1] for more indepth information.

We recommend referring to the Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual [2] for further details on the operation of the mobile phone and visit the Galaxy page for more phones from the Samsung Galaxy range which will connect to the Spanish power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Spain

Can you use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Spain?

You can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Spain.

What is the best travel charger for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Spain?

When travelling with more than just your Samsung Galaxy S4 and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Spain to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Spaniards use two different types of power outlets (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy multiple power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 at an airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Spain we suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter online; the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Spain

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, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Spain.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Spain.
What is the best travel charger for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Spain?

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

Using type B Micro USB cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Spanish power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Spanish 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. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains power 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 Samsung Galaxy S4 situated below the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Spanish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen will display a charge icon with dots underneath to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung while charging it will take longer to fully recharge the battery.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Spanish power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Spanish power outlet

Using type B USB Micro cable and a Type F Schuko power adapter to recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Spanish power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the Samsung Galaxy S4 using the Spanish 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. Insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Spanish power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two large round holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral pins along with two metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You'll find the multipurpose jack on the bottom of the phone situated below the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Spanish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will display 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 recharge the battery.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Spanish power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spain - wikipedia entry about Spain
  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