Charging any mobile phone when staying in Ghana

The WikiConnections guide on how to charge any mobile phone from a Ghanaian power outlet by using Type B USB cable and a Type G power adapter and recharging any mobile phone using a three pinned Type D power adapter.

Ghanaian power outlet

Different frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. This step-by-step guide will show exactly how to supply power to the mobile phone when staying in Ghana by using their standard types G or D 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If you are travelling to Ghana from a different country please make sure your mobile phone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If your mobile phone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it.

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

Charging any mobile phone in Ghana

Can the mobile phone be used in Ghana?

Yes, you can connect any mobile phone to a Ghanaian power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging any mobile phone in Ghana?

If travelling with more than just your mobile phone and visiting more than one country then the best travel power adapter for Ghana is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. There are two different types of plug sockets in Ghana (types G and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied heads. If your model 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 USB travel chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring multiple power adapters on your Ghanaian trip. Because you are only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Ghana we recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Ghana

The 4 port USB travel charger [7] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, 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 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Ghana.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 Ghana.
What is the best power charger for recharging any mobile phone in Ghana?

Powering any mobile phone with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

A guide showing how to recharge your mobile phone with a Ghanaian power outlet with USB Type B connector and a Type G USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the mobile phone using a Ghanaian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the Ghanaian power outlet. This plug outlet (called the Type G power outlet [2]) looks like 3 vertical rectangular slots forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Plug in one 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 typically be found either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Ghanaian 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.
Powering any mobile phone with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Ghanaian power outlet

Learn how to charge your mobile phone from a Ghanaian power outlet with Micro USB type B cable and a Type D power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge any mobile phone using the Ghanaian power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type D USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by three circular holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one 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 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 the bottom or along one side of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Ghanaian 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 D power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Ghanaian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghana - Ghana Wikipedia page
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  3. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  6. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D 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