Charging any mobile phone from a power outlet in Benin

A step by step guide showing how to power any mobile phone with a Beninese power outlet using Type B Micro USB cable with a three pinned Type C USB adapter and powering any mobile phone using a 2 pin Type E USB plug.

Beninese power outlet

Complicated combinations of region codes and voltages can often be confusing when planning to stay in a new country especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the mobile phone abroad.If you are visiting Benin the following useful instructions show how to charge the mobile phone by using the types E or C Beninese 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. When travelling to Benin from a different country please ensure that your mobile phone can accept a 240 volt supply. If your mobile phone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you plan to visit a destination like Cotonou or Abomey-Calavi we recommend reading the Wikipedia.org entry about Benin [1] for more details.

These instructions are 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 please visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Benin

Can the mobile phone be used in Benin?

Yes, you can connect any mobile phone to a Beninese power outlet by using a power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling with more than just your mobile phone and visiting multiple countries the best international travel charger for Benin to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. There are two standards of wall outlets in Benin (E and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because 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 switching the included heads. If your type of mobile phone is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will also allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers on your Beninese trip. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your mobile phone at an airport or on a flight. Due to their versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Benin we recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Benin

The 4 port USB travel charger [7] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters 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 covering both Benin and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Benin using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Benin.
What is the best power adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Benin?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Beninese power outlet

Using Type B Micro USB cable and a Type C USB charger to power any mobile phone from a Beninese power outlet.

  1. In order to power any mobile phone from a Beninese power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet (known as the Type C power outlet [2] or Europlug) is identified by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB 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 (note that you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port can normally be found either on the bottom or along one side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Beninese power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the 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.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Beninese power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Beninese power outlet

The WikiConnections guide showing how to charge any mobile phone from a Beninese power outlet by using Micro USB type B connector and a Type E USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge any mobile phone using the Beninese power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start by plugging the Type E USB power adapter in the Beninese power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by two large round adjacent holes where the twin pins go and a long metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of 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 (note that you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone for charging with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port can typically be found either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Beninese power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone should indicate that the phone is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
How to use a Type E power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Beninese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin - Wikipedia.org entry about Benin
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  3. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  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
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  6. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  7. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters