Charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a power outlet in Canada

The WikiConnections guide showing how to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Canadian power outlet using Type B Micro USB cable with a three pinned Type A power adapter.

Canadian power outlet

When packing for a holiday to Canada it's useful to know if you'll be able to charge your common electronics when you're there. However, by not knowing which power supply is used you are likely to bring the wrong charger, meaning needing to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced charger on arrival. Various standards and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country especially to the first time traveller. This guide was written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 when you're in staying in Canada.If you are visiting Canada the following useful instructions show powering the Samsung Galaxy S4 using the 120 volt 60Hz A Type Canadian plug outlet, the Canadians will use a NEMA 1-15 P ungrounded plug for power outlets. If the Samsung Galaxy S4 charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Canada from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check your Samsung Galaxy S4 is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use.

Please refer 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 in the Samsung Galaxy range which will connect to the Canadian power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Canada

Can you use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Canada?

You can connect a Samsung Galaxy S4 to a Canadian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Canada?

When travelling to multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Canada to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your model of Samsung Galaxy S4 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, plus compatibility with certain 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 lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 at an airport or on the flight. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest searching for a versatile power adapter of this nature online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Canada

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental 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 portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Canada using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Canada.
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Canada?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Canadian power outlet

Using Micro USB type B cable and a Type A power adapter to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Canadian power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Canadian power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the Canadian power outlet. You can identify the wall supply by the 2 thin slots next to each other where the live and neutral blades go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB type B connector into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You can find the USB jack on the base of the Samsung Galaxy located below the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Canadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will display a charging icon with to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung Galaxy S4 while charging it may take longer to fully recharge the battery.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Canadian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada - Canadian Wikipedia web page
  2. http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/201304/20130430133529298/GT-I9505_UM_EU_Jellybean_Eng_Rev.1.1_130426.pdf - Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, priced at 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, costs C$5-C$10.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing C$15-C$20.