How to charge the mobile phone when staying in Trinidad

A page on how to power your mobile phone from a Trinidad power outlet with Micro USB Type B cable with a 3 pinned Type A USB charger and how to recharge any mobile phone using a Type B power charger.

Trinidad power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country, especially for the first time traveller. If you're visiting Trinidad the following instructions show charging your mobile phone using their Type B or A Trinidad 115 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please note that Type B plug outlets are normally used by most Trinidadians. If your mobile phone charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Trinidad from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the device is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you plan on visiting a place such as Port of Spain or San Fernando please read the Trinidad Wikipedia page [1] for more information on visiting the area.

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

Charging any mobile phone in Trinidad

Can the mobile phone be used in Trinidad?

Yes, you can use any mobile phone in Trinidad.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Trinidad?

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for Trinidad is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of wall outlets that Trinidadians use (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your mobile phone is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Trinidad or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Trinidad

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Trinidad 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 best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Trinidad.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Trinidad. [7] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Trinidad?

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

Using Type B USB cord and a Type A power charger to power your mobile phone from a Trinidad power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your mobile phone using a Trinidad 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. Begin by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the Trinidad power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Connect the USB end of the type B USB cord 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 which came with your mobile phone to charge with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Trinidad 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.
Charging any mobile phone from a Trinidad 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 Trinidad power outlet

Using micro USB Type B cable with a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter to recharge your mobile phone from a Trinidad power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your mobile phone from the Trinidad 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 inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply, sometimes called a Type B power outlet [5], is recognised by the two thin slots with a hole below for the long earthed pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Micro Type B connector 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 (note you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is normally located either on the bottom or along one side of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Trinidad power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone should indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Trinidad power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Trinidad Wikipedia page
  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, costing C$15-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, costs C$10-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, 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, under C$20.