Charging any mobile phone from a power outlet in Netherlands

A page showing how to recharge any mobile phone from a Dutch power outlet using Type B Micro USB cable and a Type C USB charger and how to power any mobile phone using a Schuko Type F USB plug.

Dutch power outlet

When packing for a vacation to Netherlands it can often be useful to know if you can charge all your vital electronics such as mobile phones or tablets that you are bringing with you. Without knowing which plug socket is being used in Netherlands you may end up either bringing too many adaptors or pack the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you having to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible and cause damage to the device. Varying complicated frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on staying in another country, especially to the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the mobile phone abroad.This step by step guide shows you exactly how to supply power to the mobile phone in Netherlands using the standard F or C type Dutch 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Dutch will typically use Type F power outlets. If you are travelling to Netherlands from a different country please check that your mobile phone can be charged using a 240v supply. If your mobile phone was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating 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 a specific mobile phone please visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Netherlands

Can the mobile phone be used in Netherlands?

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

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

If travelling with more than just your mobile phone and visiting more than one country the best travel charger for Netherlands is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Dutch use two different types of power outlets (F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your type of mobile phone supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate power adapters. By only needing a single travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Netherlands we recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Netherlands

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, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to counties 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 travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Netherlands.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Netherlands. [7] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging any mobile phone in Netherlands?

Powering any mobile phone with a Dutch power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using Type B USB cable and a Europlug Type C USB charger to recharge any mobile phone from a Dutch power outlet.

  1. To power the mobile phone using a Dutch power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. The wall outlet, sometimes called the Type C power outlet [2], is identified by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  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 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 Dutch 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.
Powering any mobile phone with a Dutch power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Dutch power outlet

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

  1. In order to power any mobile phone from the Dutch power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the Dutch power outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by the two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes for live and neutral along with a pair of metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect the USB 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 Dutch power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone will indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Dutch power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org web page about Netherlands
  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, 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, C$10-C$15.
  5. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  6. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, under C$20.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.