Charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a power outlet in Italy

Simple instructions showing you how to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Italian power outlet by using USB Type B connector and a 3 pin Type L power adapter, recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Type C Europlug power charger and recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Type F Schuko power adapter

Italian power outlet

If you are planning a vacation it can often be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge your essential electronics at your hotel. But by not knowing which power supply is being used you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, meaning having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and damage the Samsung Galaxy S4. Various combinations of voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 . This guide has been written to help assist people wanting to power the Samsung Galaxy S4 when they are abroad.This simple guide will show exactly what you'll need to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 when you are travelling to Italy using the Type L, C or F Italian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Italians typically use Type L plugs in their plug outlets. Power sockets differ depending on which area you are visiting therefore please read the World power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When you are travelling to Italy from another country ensure that your Samsung Galaxy S4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your Samsung Galaxy S4 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overloading during charging.

Please 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 in the Samsung Galaxy range which will connect to the Italian power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Italy

Can the Samsung Galaxy S4 be used in Italy?

Yes, you can connect a Samsung Galaxy S4 to an Italian power outlet.

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

If you are travelling with more than your Samsung Galaxy S4 the best international travel adapter for Italy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three standards of wall outlets that Italians use (L, C and F) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of Samsung Galaxy S4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Italy we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Italy

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from any country 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 when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 Italy.
  • 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 1 less AC outlet at 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Italy.
What is the best power charger for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Italy?

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

Using type B USB Micro connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 with an Italian power outlet.

  1. In order to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Italian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. This ungrounded plug supply, also known as a Europlug, can be recognised by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the type B Micro USB cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You can find the multipurpose jack on the base of the Samsung Galaxy located underneath the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Italian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 display will show a charging icon with to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the phone while charging it may take longer to completely charge the battery.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Italian power outlet

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

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

  1. To charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 using the Italian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the Italian power outlet. This recessed round plug supply can be recognised by two round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins along with a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the type B Micro USB cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You can find the multipurpose jack on the base of the Samsung Galaxy located underneath the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Italian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in 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 phone whilst charging it may take longer to completely charge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with an Italian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

How to use a Type L power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Italian power outlet

Simple instructions showing you how to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Italian power outlet by using USB Type B connector and a 3 pin Type L power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Italian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type L USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type L USB power adapter into the wall supply. The squashed hexagon shaped power supply (sometimes called the Type L power outlet [8]) can be recognised by 3 large adjecent holes in a line. Note that there are two types of Type L power supply rated at 10 amps and 16 amps. The 10 amp wall outlet has 4mm thick round pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart whilst a 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm round pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  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 foot of the Samsung found below the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Italian 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 Galaxy while charging it may take longer to completely recharge the battery.
How to use a Type L power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Italian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy - Italy 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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  9. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L mains power outlet
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters