Charging the mobile phone when planning a trip to Gibraltar

A guide showing how to power any mobile phone from a Gibraltar power outlet with USB Type B cord with a Type G USB charger and recharging any mobile phone using a Type C Europlug power adapter.

Gibraltar power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning to stay in another country for the first time traveller. This page contains simple instructions showing you how to supply power to the mobile phone when you're visiting Gibraltar using the Type G or C 240 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note Type G power outlets will be normally used by most Gibraltarians. If you are visiting Gibraltar from another region check that the mobile phone can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your mobile phone was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure that your mobile phone is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it 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 Gibraltar

Can you use any mobile phone in Gibraltar?

You can use any mobile phone in Gibraltar by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging any mobile phone in Gibraltar?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your mobile phone then the best travel power adapter for Gibraltar is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Gibraltarians use two different types of power outlets (types G and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of mobile phone is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Gibraltar

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, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental 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 option for travellers originating from America going to Gibraltar.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 a more flexible 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 Gibraltar. [7] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging any mobile phone in Gibraltar?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Gibraltar power outlet

Using Micro USB type B connector and a 3 pin Type G power adapter to power any mobile phone from a Gibraltar power outlet.

  1. In order to power your mobile phone from a Gibraltar 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 by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangle shape.
  3. Then 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 to charge with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Gibraltar 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 take.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Gibraltar power outlet

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Gibraltar power outlet

Using USB Type B cord with a Europlug Type C USB charger to charge your mobile phone with a Gibraltar power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the mobile phone using the Gibraltar power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two round holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Micro USB type B connector into the bottom of the USB 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 (please note you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone for charging with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port can normally be found either on the bottom or side of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Gibraltar power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone will indicate that the phone is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Gibraltar power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Gibraltar Wikipedia 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, costing under C$15.
  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, under C$15.
  5. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  6. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 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.