How to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 when visiting Tobago

Simple instructions showing how to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Tobagonian power outlet by using micro USB Type B cable with a three pin Type A USB charger and recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a three pinned Type B power plug.

Tobagonian power outlet

Various standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to power the Samsung Galaxy S4 . These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 abroad.This step by step guide will show how to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 when you're visiting Tobago using their standard Type B or A 115 volt 60Hz plug outlets, a majority of Tobagonians will typically use Type B wall outlets. If the Samsung Galaxy S4 charges slowly or does not power up when visiting Tobago from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't power up, check the Samsung Galaxy S4 is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use.

We recommend referring 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 by Samsung which will connect to the Tobagonian power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Tobago

Can the Samsung Galaxy S4 be used in Tobago?

Yes, you can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Tobago.

What is the best travel adapter for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Tobago?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your Samsung Galaxy S4 the best international travel charger for Tobago is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of wall outlets that Tobagonians use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and convenient for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 at the airport or on the flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single wall outlet.

If you travel to Tobago we recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tobago

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come 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 Tobago.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Tobago.
What is the best travel adapter for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Tobago?

Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Tobagonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using USB micro Type B connector and a three pinned Type A power charger to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Tobagonian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to a Samsung Galaxy S4 from the Tobagonian 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. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the Tobagonian power outlet. This unearthed power outlet (technically known as a Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Micro USB type B cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter 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 S4 located underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen will show a charge 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 completely recharge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Tobagonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Tobagonian power outlet

Using USB micro type B connector and a three pinned Type B power charger to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Tobagonian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Tobagonian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the power outlet. The plug supply, sometimes known as the Type B power outlet [6], is identified by 2 slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Micro USB type B cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter 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 S4 located underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen will show 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 completely recharge the battery.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Tobagonian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinidad_%26_Tobago - Tobagonian Wikipedia web 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