How to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 when planning a trip to Australia

Learn how to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 with an Australian power outlet with type B USB cable with a Type I USB adapter.

Australian power outlet

When organizing a vacation it can be helpful to know if you'll be able to charge your common devices when you arrive. But, without knowing which plug socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there which could be incompatible. Varying different region codes and sockets can all be confusing when planning to visit another country especially to the first time traveller. These instructions have been written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 when you are visiting Australia.The following step by step guide shows you how to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 when you're travelling to Australia by using the 230 volt 50Hz I Type Australian wall supply. When you are travelling to Australia from another country please double check your Samsung Galaxy S4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure that your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from over-heating during charging.

Please refer to the Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual [2] for further information on the operation of the mobile phone and visit the Galaxy page for more phones from the Samsung Galaxy range which can connect to the Australian power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Australia

Can the Samsung Galaxy S4 be used in Australia?

You can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Australia by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Australia?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Australia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of Samsung Galaxy S4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Australia

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country 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 can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Australia using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Australia.
What is the best power adapter for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Australia?

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Australian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

Learn how to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 with an Australian power outlet with type B USB cable with a three pin Type I USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Australian power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type I USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by 3 thin slots forming an upside-down triangle shape with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth. Note that the live and neutral blades are reversed compared to Argentinian plug outlets therefore please check that your Type I travel adaptor is compatible with an Australian power outlet.
  3. Then connect one 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'll find the USB Micro connector on the bottom of the phone located underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Australian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at 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 while charging it may take longer to fully recharge the battery.
Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Australian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia - Australia Wiki 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/typeI.htm - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type I 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters