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

A guide on how to recharge any mobile phone with a Barbadian power outlet with Micro USB type B connector and a three pinned Type A power charger and how to charge any mobile phone using a three pinned Type B power plug.

Barbadian power outlet

Various standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country if you've never been there before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power the mobile phone . This page was specifically written to prevent people having to worry if they'll be able to power their mobile phone when they are travelling abroad.The following step by step instructions will show you exactly how to supply power to your mobile phone when visiting Barbados using their types B or A Barbadian 115 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type B power outlets will be typically used by a majority of Bajans. If your mobile phone charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Barbados from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, so check your mobile phone is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are normally indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. If you plan on travelling to a destination like Bridgetown or Speightstown we also recommend referring to the wikipedia web page about Barbados [1] for further information on the location.

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 Barbados

Can the mobile phone be used in Barbados?

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

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

When travelling to more than one country the best international travel charger for Barbados is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Bajans use two different standards of power outlets (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of mobile phone can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your mobile phone at the airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

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 Barbados

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 converters come supplied 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 travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Barbados.
  • 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. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Barbados. [7] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging any mobile phone in Barbados?

Powering any mobile phone with a Barbadian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

A guide showing how to power any mobile phone with a Barbadian power outlet with USB micro type B cable with a three pin Type A USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your mobile phone from the Barbadian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Plug in the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by two thin slots adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Micro USB type B cable into the mains 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 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 along one side or on the bottom of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Barbadian 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 Barbadian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Barbadian power outlet

Instructions showing how to power your mobile phone with a Barbadian power outlet with type B USB cable with a Type B USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your mobile phone using a Barbadian power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the Barbadian power outlet. The power supply, sometimes known as the Type B power outlet [5], is identified by two slots parallel to each other with a semicircular hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB power 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 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 side or bottom of the mobile.
  5. Switch on the Barbadian 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 take.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Barbadian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Barbados
  2. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  3. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, costs C$25-C$30.
  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, around C$10.
  5. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  6. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, 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, priced C$15-C$20.