Charging any mobile phone from a power outlet in Bhutan

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your mobile phone with a Bhutanese power outlet with type B USB micro cord with a three pin Type G power charger, recharging any mobile phone using a Type C USB charger and charging any mobile phone using a three pinned Type D power charger

Bhutanese power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your mobile phone when travelling abroad.When you are travelling to Bhutan these instructions show powering the mobile phone using the Type G, C, D, F or M Bhutanese 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When travelling to Bhutan from a different region ensure that your mobile phone can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v double check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating when powering up.

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 please visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Bhutan

Can the mobile phone be used in Bhutan?

Yes, you can connect any mobile phone to a Bhutanese power outlet by using a power adaptor.

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

When you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your mobile phone then the best international travel adapter for Bhutan to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. There are five different standards of plug sockets in Bhutan (types G, C, D, F and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your mobile phone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel chargers, along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Bhutan

The 4 port USB travel charger [13] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the mobile phone, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Bhutan.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Bhutan.
What is the best travel adapter for any mobile phone in Bhutan?

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

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your mobile phone with a Bhutanese power outlet with type B USB micro cord with a three pin Type G power charger.

  1. To power the mobile phone using the Bhutanese power outlet you'll 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 taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the Bhutanese power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 3 vertical slots containing shutters forming a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of 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 that you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone for charging with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port can typically be found either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone should indicate that the phone is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
Powering any mobile phone with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Using Type B Micro USB cable with a three pinned Type C USB charger to power any mobile phone from a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. To charge your mobile phone using the Bhutanese power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Bhutanese power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two circular adjacent holes where the twin pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the Micro USB type B connector into the bottom of 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 which came with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone will indicate that the phone is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
Charging any mobile phone from a Bhutanese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

Using Type B USB cable and a Type D power adapter to power your mobile phone with a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. To power the mobile phone using the Bhutanese power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it in the Bhutanese power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 3 round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains 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 (please note that you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone to charge with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port can normally be found either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone should indicate that the device is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
Powering any mobile phone with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Charging any mobile phone from a Bhutanese power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using Type B Micro USB cable with a three pinned Type F USB adapter to power any mobile phone with a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the mobile phone from a Bhutanese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter in the power outlet. The sunken round plug supply can be identified by the two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet pins sit and a pair of two metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the Micro USB type B connector into the bottom of 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 which came with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the bottom or along one side of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone will indicate that the phone is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
Charging any mobile phone from a Bhutanese power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Bhutanese power outlet

Using Type B Micro USB cable and a Type M power adapter to recharge your mobile phone with a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your mobile phone from a Bhutanese power outlet you will need to use a Type M USB power adapter [12] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Plug the Type M USB power adapter into the power supply. The plug supply, technically known as a Type M power outlet [11], can be recognised by three round holes forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB 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 that you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port can normally be found either on the bottom or along one side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone should indicate that the device is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Bhutanese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutan - Bhutan wikipedia page
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  3. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply, 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 under C$15.
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  6. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, under C$20.
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  8. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet, estimated cost under C$20.
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  10. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet, costing under C$20.
  11. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  12. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M mains power outlet, C$15-C$20.
  13. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced C$15-C$20.