Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 when staying in America

Instructions showing how to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from an American power outlet by using Type B Micro USB connector with a three pin Type A USB charger and charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a 3 pin Type B USB plug.

American power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of region codes and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning to visit another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 in America. This page was written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 abroad.This page has simple instructions telling you what you'll need to power the Samsung Galaxy S4 when you're travelling to America by using their types B or A 120 volt 60Hz power outlets, most Americans will use Type B plugs in their power outlets. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 does not power up or charges slowly when you are visiting America from another region then check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check the Samsung Galaxy S4 is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use.

Refer to the Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual [2] for further details on the operation of the mobile phone and visit the Galaxy page for more phones from the Samsung Galaxy range which can connect to the American power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in America

Can the Samsung Galaxy S4 be used in America?

Yes, you can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in America.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in America?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your Samsung Galaxy S4 then the best international travel charger for America to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of power outlets that Americans use (B and A) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads over. If your type of Samsung Galaxy S4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

If you travel regularly we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for America

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] 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 strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters are 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 international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America going to America using type B American 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 the US using type B plugs. This gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 America.
What is the best power charger for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in America?

Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with an American power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

The Wiki Connections guide on how to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from an American power outlet by using Type B USB micro cord with a 3 pin Type A USB charger.

  1. To power the Samsung Galaxy S4 using an American power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Firstly plug in the Type A USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 thin adjacent slots for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the 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 found below the Home button.
  4. Turn on the American power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen will show a charging icon with dots underneath to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung Galaxy while charging it will take longer to fully charge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with an American power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from an American power outlet

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 with an American power outlet with Type B USB cable and a three pinned Type B power charger.

  1. In order to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 from the American power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Plug in the Type B USB power adapter into the American power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the longer grounded pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You will find the multipurpose jack on the bottom of the phone located underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the American power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in 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 phone while charging it may take longer to fully recharge the battery.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from an American power outlet

See also

  1. https://www.visittheusa.co.uk/ - Visit The USA
  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, estimated cost 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, estimated price under C$10.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet, under C$20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs under C$20.