How to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 when planning a trip to The US Virgin Islands

Simple instructions showing you how to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Virgin Islands power outlet using USB type B connector and a three pinned Type A power charger and charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Type B power adapter.

Virgin Islands power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a new country for the first time traveller. These guidelines were specifically written to help prepare travellers wanting to charge their Samsung Galaxy S4 abroad.The following step by step instructions will show you exactly how to supply power to your Samsung Galaxy S4 when you are in The US Virgin Islands by using the B or A type Virgin Islands 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If the Samsung Galaxy S4 does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to The US Virgin Islands from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that the device is dual-voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. If you intend to visit a Virgin Islands destination such as Charlotte Amalie or Anna's Retreat please read the The US Virgin Islands Wikipedia web page [1] for more information prior to the area.

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 in the Samsung Galaxy range which will connect to the Virgin Islands power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in The US Virgin Islands

Can you use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in The US Virgin Islands?

Yes, you can connect a Samsung Galaxy S4 to a Virgin Islands power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in The US Virgin Islands?

If travelling to more than one country the best international travel charger for The US Virgin Islands is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Virgin Islanders use two different types of plug sockets (types B and A) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of Samsung Galaxy S4 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for The US Virgin Islands

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 visitors 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 is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting The US Virgin Islands.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 offers practically the same functionality 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 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 The US Virgin Islands.
What is the best power adapter for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in The US Virgin Islands?

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

Simple instructions showing you how to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Virgin Islands power outlet using USB type B connector and a three pinned Type A power charger.

  1. In order to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Virgin Islands power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable 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 found below the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Virgin Islands power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen will display a charging icon with to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung Galaxy while charging it will take longer to completely charge the battery.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Virgin Islands power outlet

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

Using type B USB micro cord and a Type B power charger to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Virgin Islands power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your Samsung Galaxy S4 from the Virgin Islands power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter into the Virgin Islands power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by two thin slots with a single hole below for the longer ground pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB type B connector into the mains USB 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 Galaxy S4 situated underneath the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Virgin Islands power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at 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 completely recharge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Virgin Islands power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_Virgin_Islands - The US Virgin Islands 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