How to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 when staying in Singapore

Instructions showing how to recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Singapore power outlet by using USB Micro Type B cable with a 3 pinned Europlug Type C power charger, how to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Type G power plug and charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a 3 pinned Type M USB charger

Singapore power outlet

Different combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. If you are staying in Singapore the following instructions show charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 using their G, C or M type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Singaporeans normally use the Type G wall outlets. When you are travelling to Singapore from a different country double check your Samsung Galaxy S4 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 power transformer to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it.

We recommend referring to the Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual [2] for more 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 Singapore power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Singapore

Can the Samsung Galaxy S4 be used in Singapore?

You can connect a Samsung Galaxy S4 to a Singapore power outlet by using a power convertor.

Singapore

What is the best power charger for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Singapore?

If travelling with more than your Samsung Galaxy S4 then the best international travel power adapter for Singapore to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different standards of power outlets in Singapore (types G, C and M) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of Samsung Galaxy S4 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, and support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Singapore or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets and using just a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. 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 Singapore

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Singapore using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Singapore. [10]
What is the best power charger for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Singapore?

Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Singapore power outlet by using USB Micro Type B cable with a 3 pinned Type G USB charger.

  1. In order to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 from the Singapore power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The power outlet, technically known as the Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the 3 slots in a triangle configuration. These are the most commonly used sockets in Singapore.
  3. Then connect one end of the Type B Micro USB connector into the USB power charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You will find the USB jack on the foot of the phone located below the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen will show a charge icon with to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung whilst charging it may take longer to fully charge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Singapore power outlet

Using USB Micro Type B connector with a Europlug Type C power charger to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Singapore power outlet.

  1. To supply power to a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Singapore power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the power supply. This unearthed wall supply can be identified by two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins. Type C electrical sockets in Singapore might not be as common.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You can find the USB Micro connector on the bottom of the Samsung Galaxy situated underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen will display a charging icon with dots underneath to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the mobile while charging it will take longer to completely recharge the battery.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Singapore power outlet

Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Using Type B Micro USB connector and a Type M power charger to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Singapore power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 from the Singapore power outlet you'll need to use a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type M USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power supply, technically known as the Type M power outlet [8], can be recognised by the three large circular holes in a triangle shape. Type M electrical sockets in Singapore might not be as common.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You'll find the multipurpose jack on the base of the Samsung Galaxy S4 located below the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 display will display a charging icon with dots underneath to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the mobile while charging it will take longer to completely recharge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. Visitsingapore - Visit Singapore
  2. Samsung - Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. 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, under C$20.
  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, C$10-C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced under C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, around C$15.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, C$15-C$20.