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

The Wiki Connections guide on how to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 with an Iceland power outlet by using Type B USB connector with a Type C power adapter and how to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a double pin Type F Schuko USB charger.

Iceland power outlet

Differing combinations of voltages and region codes can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country especially for the first time traveller. This page has been written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 when you're in Iceland.The following step-by-step guide will show you what you'll need to power the Samsung Galaxy S4 when visiting Iceland using their Type F or C Iceland 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please be aware Type F wall outlets will be normally used by most Icelanders. You will discover that power sockets vary regionally so we recommend reading the list of World power supplies for a complete list of countries. If travelling to Iceland from a different region check your Samsung Galaxy S4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If the Samsung Galaxy S4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the Samsung Galaxy S4 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it. If you are planning to visit an Iceland destination like Reykjav√≠k or Akureyri refer to the wikipedia.org page about Iceland [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area.

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 Iceland power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Iceland

Can you use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Iceland?

Yes, you can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Iceland by using the correct power convertor.

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

When you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your Samsung Galaxy S4 the best travel adapter for Iceland to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Icelanders use two different standards of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of Samsung Galaxy S4 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these travel adapters, and support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

This means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Iceland. Only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Iceland

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental 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 option for travellers originating from America visiting Iceland using type B US 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 America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Iceland.
What is the best power charger for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Iceland?

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Iceland power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using USB micro Type B cable and a Type C Europlug USB adapter to recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Iceland power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 using an Iceland power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. First you'll need to plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug supply can be recognised by the two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains power 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 located below the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Iceland 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 dots underneath to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung Galaxy S4 whilst charging it may take longer to fully recharge the battery.
Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Iceland power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

The Wiki Connections guide on how to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 with an Iceland power outlet by using Type B USB connector with a Type F power charger.

  1. To supply power to a Samsung Galaxy S4 from the Iceland power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the Iceland power outlet. This round power outlet, sometimes known as a Type F power outlet [6], can be recognised by the two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral along with grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You can find the multipurpose jack on the foot of the phone found underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Iceland power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in 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.
Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Iceland power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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