Charging any mobile phone when staying in Guatemala

Using Type B USB micro cord with a 3 pin Type A USB charger to recharge any mobile phone from a Guatemalan power outlet and recharging any mobile phone using a Type B USB charger.

Guatemalan power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plug types can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your mobile phone when you are travelling to Guatemala.The following instructions will show you exactly what you'll need to charge the mobile phone when you are travelling to Guatemala by using their standard types B or A 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. Power sockets will change depending on which region you're in therefore we recommend that you read the Wikiconnections travel power supplies list for a full list of destinations. If the mobile phone does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Guatemala from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts either take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your mobile phone is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use.

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 Guatemala

Can the mobile phone be used in Guatemala?

Yes, you can use any mobile phone in Guatemala.

What is the best power adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Guatemala?

If travelling with more than just your mobile phone and visiting more than one country then the best travel adapter for Guatemala is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Guatemalans use two different standards of plug sockets (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your mobile phone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Because you are only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones and using only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for a versatile power charger of this nature online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Guatemala

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, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North 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 Guatemala using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This gives almost 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Guatemala. [7] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Guatemala?

Charging any mobile phone from a Guatemalan power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using Type B USB micro cord with a 3 pin Type A USB charger to recharge any mobile phone from a Guatemalan power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your mobile phone from a Guatemalan power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the power outlet. This ungrounded wall outlet, technically called the Type A power outlet [2], can be identified by the two slots adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB Type B cord 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 (please note you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone to charge with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port can normally be found either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Guatemalan power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone should indicate that the device is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
Charging any mobile phone from a Guatemalan power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Instructions showing how to power any mobile phone with a Guatemalan power outlet using micro USB Type B cord with a 3 pin Type B USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge your mobile phone using the Guatemalan power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Plug in the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. This plug outlet (called the Type B power outlet [5]) can be recognised by 2 slots parallel to each other with a single semicircular hole below for the slightly long earth pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into 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 (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 typically located either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Guatemalan power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the 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 B power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Guatemalan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Guatemalan country entry on wikipedia
  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, 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 under C$15.
  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, estimated cost around C$25.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at under C$15.