How to charge the mobile phone when staying in Cote d Ivoire

Instructions on how to recharge any mobile phone with an Ivorian power outlet by using USB Micro Type B cable with a 3 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter and charging any mobile phone using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter.

Ivorian power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the mobile phone when you're going abroad.This page contains simple instructions showing you exactly how to power the mobile phone when travelling to Cote d Ivoire by using the standard types E or C Ivorian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are visiting Cote d Ivoire from a different country check your mobile phone can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it up. If you intend to stay at an Ivorian place like Abidjan please read the Cote d Ivoire country Wikipedia page [1] for more information on visiting 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 all the latest phones please visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Cote d Ivoire

Can the mobile phone be used in Cote d Ivoire?

You can connect any mobile phone to an Ivorian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for any mobile phone in Cote d Ivoire?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Cote d Ivoire is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Ivorians use two different types of wall outlets (E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of mobile phone can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Cote d Ivoire

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the mobile phone, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Cote d Ivoire and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Cote d Ivoire.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Cote d Ivoire. [7] [AD]
What is the best power charger for any mobile phone in Cote d Ivoire?

Charging any mobile phone from an Ivorian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A page on how to power your mobile phone from an Ivorian power outlet with type B USB cord and a Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to power your mobile phone from the Ivorian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Ivorian power outlet. You can recognise the power outlet by 2 round adjacent holes.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the type B USB cord into the USB 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 (note you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port can normally be found either on the bottom or along one side of the mobile.
  5. Switch on the Ivorian 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.
Charging any mobile phone from an Ivorian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your mobile phone from an Ivorian power outlet

Using type B USB cord and a Type E power charger to power your mobile phone from an Ivorian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to any mobile phone using an Ivorian power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the Ivorian power outlet. The sunken circular power outlet, sometimes known as the CEE 7/7 plug, can be recognised by the two large circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins along with a long metal grounding pin protruding from the top forming a triangle shape.
  3. Connect the USB end of the type B USB cord into the USB 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 (note you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port can normally be found either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile.
  5. Switch on the Ivorian 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 E power charger for recharging your mobile phone from an Ivorian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Cote d Ivoire country Wikipedia page
  2. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  3. 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.
  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, priced at C$10-C$15.
  5. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  6. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, around C$15.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around C$15.