Charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a power outlet in Panama

Learn how to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Panamanian power outlet with micro USB Type B connector and a 3 pin Type A USB charger and charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a 3 pin Type B power charger.

Panamanian power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country if you've never been there before. This guide has been written to prevent visitors worrying if they'll be able to charge their Samsung Galaxy S4 abroad.This page has simple instructions demonstrating how to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 when staying in Panama by using their standard B or A type 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Panama from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the Samsung Galaxy S4 is dual-voltage (normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use.

Please refer to the Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual [2] for more 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 Panamanian power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Panama

Can the Samsung Galaxy S4 be used in Panama?

Yes, you can connect a Samsung Galaxy S4 to a Panamanian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling with more than your Samsung Galaxy S4 then the best travel charger for Panama is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of plug sockets in Panama (B and A) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your type of Samsung Galaxy S4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your trip or using up additional power sockets. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Panama we suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Panama

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 converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Panama 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Panama.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Panama.
What is the best power charger for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Panama?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Panamanian power outlet

Learn how to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Panamanian power outlet with micro USB Type B connector and a 3 pin Type A USB charger.

  1. To charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from the Panamanian power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify the plug supply by the 2 thin slots next to each other where the twin pins sit.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Micro Type B cord 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 foot of the Samsung Galaxy located underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Panamanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 display 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 will take longer to fully recharge the battery.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Panamanian power outlet

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

The WikiConnections guide showing how to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Panamanian power outlet with micro USB Type B connector and a Type B USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the Samsung Galaxy S4 using the Panamanian power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the Panamanian power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two slots for live and neutral blades with a semicircle hole below for the long grounded pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the micro USB Type B connector into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You'll find the USB Micro connector on the foot of the Samsung Galaxy found below the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Panamanian 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 whilst charging it will take longer to fully recharge the battery.
Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Panamanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama - Wikipedia web page about Panama
  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