How to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Puerto Rico

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Puerto Rican power outlet with USB micro type B cord and a Type A USB adapter and how to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Type B power adapter.

Puerto Rican power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to visit another country if you've never been there before. This page was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 when you are visiting Puerto Rico.If you are going to Puerto Rico these useful instructions show how to power the Samsung Galaxy S4 by using the B or A type Puerto Rican 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, you will find most Puerto Ricans normally use the Type B plugs in their plug outlets. If the Samsung Galaxy S4 does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Puerto Rico from a different region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't power up, check the Samsung Galaxy S4 is dual-voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you are planning on staying somewhere like San Juan or Ponce please read the Puerto Rican Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details.

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 Puerto Rican power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Puerto Rico

Can the Samsung Galaxy S4 be used in Puerto Rico?

Yes, you can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Puerto Rico.

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

When travelling with more than your Samsung Galaxy S4 the best travel power adapter for Puerto Rico is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of wall outlets that Puerto Ricans use (B and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of Samsung Galaxy S4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring multiple power chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 at the airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Puerto Rico

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Puerto Rico.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Puerto Rico.
What is the best power charger for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Puerto Rico?

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

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Puerto Rican power outlet with USB micro type B cord and a Type A USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 using the Puerto Rican power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Puerto Rican power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet blades sit.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Samsung situated below the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 display will display a charge icon with to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the mobile while 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 Puerto Rican power outlet

Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Puerto Rican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Simple instructions showing you how to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Puerto Rican power outlet with Type B USB micro cord with a Type B USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Puerto Rican 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 by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two thin slots with a single hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You can find the USB jack on the foot of the Samsung Galaxy found below the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 display will show a charge icon with dots underneath to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the mobile whilst charging it may take longer to completely recharge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Puerto Rican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rico - Puerto Rican 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/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