How to charge your mobile phone from a power outlet in Zambia

A page on how to recharge any mobile phone with a Zambian power outlet by using Type B Micro USB cord and a three pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter, how to recharge any mobile phone using a three pinned Type G USB adapter and powering any mobile phone using a 3 pinned Type D USB plug

Zambian power outlet

If organizing to travel to Zambia it is useful to know in advance if you can power your common devices such as mobile phones or laptop computers that you are bringing along. Without knowing which wall socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to purchase a suitable charger when you're there. Varying complicated region codes and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your mobile phone in Zambia. This guide has been specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the mobile phone abroad.This guide shows how to power the mobile phone when visiting Zambia by using the standard Type G, C or D 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware that Type G wall outlets will be normally used by most Zambians. When visiting Zambia from another country please ensure your mobile phone can be used with a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged during charging.

This how-to guide is for a generic mobile phone and assume the phone has a standard micro USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and a headphone socket. For all the latest phones please visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Zambia

Can you use any mobile phone in Zambia?

Yes, you can use any mobile phone in Zambia by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging any mobile phone in Zambia?

When you are travelling with more than just your mobile phone then the best travel charger for Zambia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different types of plug sockets that Zambians use (types G, C and D) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your mobile phone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy multiple travel adapters or using up additional power outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Zambia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the mobile phone, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come 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 international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Zambia using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • 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. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Zambia. [9] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging any mobile phone in Zambia?

Powering any mobile phone with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge any mobile phone from a Zambian power outlet with USB micro Type B cable with a Type G power charger.

  1. In order to charge your mobile phone using a Zambian power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the Zambian power outlet. The power supply, sometimes called a Type G power outlet [2], looks like 3 slots with shutters forming a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on any mobile phone. These instructions assume your phone uses a Micro USB type B port. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your mobile to check this is correct and visit the Mobile phones page to see if your model is listed (please note that you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is normally located either on the side or bottom of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Zambian power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone should indicate that the device is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
Powering any mobile phone with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Zambian power outlet

Using Type B Micro USB cord and a three pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter to power your mobile phone from a Zambian power outlet.

  1. To power the mobile phone from the Zambian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The plug outlet, also called a Type C power outlet [5] or Europlug, is identified by two holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect one end of the Micro USB type B connector into the power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on any mobile phone. These instructions assume your phone uses a Micro USB type B port. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your mobile to check this is correct and visit the Mobile phones page to see if your model is listed (note you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Zambian power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone will indicate that the device is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Zambian power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Zambian power outlet

Instructions on how to power your mobile phone from a Zambian power outlet using USB Micro Type B cable with a Type D power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the mobile phone from the Zambian power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Insert the Type D USB power adapter in the Zambian power outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes called a Type D power outlet [7], looks like three round holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB type B cord into the USB adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on any mobile phone. These instructions assume your phone uses a Micro USB type B port. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your mobile to check this is correct and visit the Mobile phones page to see if your model is listed (note you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Zambian power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone will indicate that the device is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Zambian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Zambia Wikipedia web page
  2. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  3. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, costs C$10-C$15.
  4. 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, estimated price under C$15.
  5. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  6. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced at under C$20.
  7. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  8. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, priced around C$15.
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at C$15-C$20.