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

Instructions on how to power your mobile phone from a Zimbabwe power outlet using type B USB Micro cord and a three pinned Type G USB adapter and charging any mobile phone using a Type D power charger.

Zimbabwe power outlet

Complicated standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the mobile phone . These instructions have been written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your mobile phone when Zimbabwe.The following step-by-step guide shows you what you'll need to charge the mobile phone when staying in Zimbabwe by using their G or D type 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Zimbabweans use Type G wall outlets. You'll discover power sockets differ regionally so we suggest that you read the WikiConnections global power supplies page where you'll find a complete list of regions and countries. When you are visiting Zimbabwe from a different country make sure the mobile phone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v make sure the mobile phone is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. If you intend to stay in a tourist destination like Harare or Beitbridge refer to the Zimbabwe Wikipedia web page [1] for further details prior to travelling to the area.

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 a specific mobile phone visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Zimbabwe

Can the mobile phone be used in Zimbabwe?

You can connect any mobile phone to a Zimbabwe power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Zimbabwe?

When travelling to multiple countries the best international travel power adapter for Zimbabwe is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Zimbabweans use two different types of plug sockets (types G and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G. Because these 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 switching the plugs over. If your model of mobile phone can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters or occupying additional power outlets. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your mobile phone at an airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Zimbabwe

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters 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, North 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Zimbabwe.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Zimbabwe. [7] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Zimbabwe?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Zimbabwe power outlet

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

  1. If you want to charge the mobile phone from a Zimbabwe 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. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. This power outlet (sometimes called a Type G power outlet [2]) can be recognised by the three vertical slots containing shutters forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the Micro USB type B cord into the USB mains 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 (note you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone to charge with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the bottom or along one side of the mobile.
  5. Switch on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone should indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take. [AD]
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Zimbabwe power outlet

Powering any mobile phone with a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using USB Micro type B connector and a three pin Type D USB adapter to recharge your mobile phone from a Zimbabwe power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to any mobile phone using the Zimbabwe power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Insert the Type D USB power adapter in the Zimbabwe power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by the 3 holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Micro 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 charger).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone will indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take. [AD]
Powering any mobile phone with a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Zimbabwe 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.
  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.
  5. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  6. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.