How to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a power outlet in Mexico

Learn how to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Mexican power outlet with USB micro Type B cord and a three pinned Type A USB charger and how to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a three pinned Type B USB charger.

Mexican power outlet

Various voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the Samsung Galaxy S4 in Mexico. This page was specifically written to prevent visitors needing to worry if they can power their Samsung Galaxy S4 when they're going to Mexico.This page contains simple instructions showing exactly what you'll need to supply power to your Samsung Galaxy S4 when going to Mexico using their Type B or A Mexican 127 volt 60Hz wall outlets, most Mexicans will typically use the Type B sockets in their plug outlets. Type A electrical sockets aren't as commonplace but still used by some hotels in Mexico. If the Samsung Galaxy S4 doesn't power up or recharges slowly when travelling to Mexico from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, check your device is a dual voltage device (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use.

Refer 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 by Samsung which will connect to the Mexican power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Mexico

Can you use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Mexico?

Yes, you can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Mexico by using a power convertor.

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

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best international travel power adapter for Mexico 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 that Mexicans use (types B and A) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 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 is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Mexico or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying a versatile travel adapter similar to this online, the power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Mexico

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Mexico and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Mexico.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to 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 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Mexico.
What is the best power charger for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Mexico?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Mexican power outlet

Using Type B USB cable with a Type A power adapter to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Mexican power outlet.

  1. To power the Samsung Galaxy S4 from the Mexican power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. First plug in the Type A USB power adapter in the Mexican power outlet. This ungrounded wall supply (sometimes called a Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by the 2 slots next to each other. Be aware that Type A power sockets might not be as common but still used in some hotels in Mexico.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the micro USB Type B connector into the USB mains charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You will find the multipurpose jack on the bottom of the Samsung Galaxy found below the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Mexican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 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 fully recharge the battery.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Mexican power outlet

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Mexican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Learn how to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Mexican power outlet with USB micro Type B cord and a three pinned Type B USB charger.

  1. In order to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Mexican power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 slots parallel to each other with a single hole below for the long earthed pin. The most common sockets found in Mexico are Type B power outlets.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the type B Micro USB cord into the bottom of the mains USB 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 underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Mexican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at 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 will take longer to completely recharge the battery.
Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Mexican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://www.visitmexico.com/en - Visit Mexico Web Site
  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/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A 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/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B 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