How to charge any mobile phone when planning a trip to Macedonia

Using type B USB cable with a three pin Type C Europlug USB charger to power any mobile phone with a Macedonian power outlet and charging any mobile phone using a double pin Type F Schuko USB plug.

Macedonian power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a different country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the mobile phone in Macedonia. This guide was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your mobile phone abroad.When visiting Macedonia these instructions show how to power the mobile phone using the standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You'll find power is different depending on which country you are travelling to so we recommend reading the Europe page for a complete list of countries. If you are visiting Macedonia from a different country please ensure that the mobile phone can be used with a 240v supply. If the mobile phone was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the mobile phone is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. If you are planning to visit a city like Skopje we recommend reading the wikipedia web page about Macedonia [1] for more indepth information.

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

Charging any mobile phone in Macedonia

Can the mobile phone be used in Macedonia?

You can use any mobile phone in Macedonia by using the correct power convertor.

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

When travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your mobile phone the best international travel charger for Macedonia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets that Macedonians use (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the included heads over. If your mobile phone supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your mobile phone at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature online, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Macedonia

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 visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Macedonia using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Macedonia. [7] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging any mobile phone in Macedonia?

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

Instructions on how to charge any mobile phone from a Macedonian power outlet using USB type B cord and a Type C power adapter.

  1. To power the mobile phone from a Macedonian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 round adjacent holes.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of 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 (note that you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is normally located either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Macedonian power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone should 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 C power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Macedonian power outlet

Powering any mobile phone with a Macedonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using type B USB cable with a three pin Type F Schuko USB charger to power any mobile phone with a Macedonian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to any mobile phone from the Macedonian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter in the Macedonian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go along with a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB micro type B cable into 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 (please note that you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the bottom or along one side of the mobile.
  5. Switch on the Macedonian power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone should indicate that the device is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
Powering any mobile phone with a Macedonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Macedonia
  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 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, estimated cost 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, C$15-C$20.
  7. 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.