Charging the Samsung Galaxy S4 when planning a trip to Bhutan

Instructions showing how to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Bhutanese power outlet with type B micro USB cable and a 3 pin Type D power adapter, powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a 3 pin Type G power adapter and how to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a 2 pin Type C USB plug

Bhutanese power outlet

Varying complicated standards and plug types can often be daunting when planning on travelling to a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 in Bhutan using their standard Type G, C, D, F or M Bhutanese 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. If you are visiting Bhutan from another country ensure that your Samsung Galaxy S4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check that the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. If you're planning to visit a destination such as Thimphu read the Wikipedia entry about Bhutan [1] for more indepth information.

We recommend referring 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 will connect to the Bhutanese power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Bhutan

Can you use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Bhutan?

You can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Bhutan by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Bhutan?

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your Samsung Galaxy S4 then the best travel charger for Bhutan to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [14]. There are five standards of wall outlets that Bhutanese use (G, C, D, F and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this means you can charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Bhutanese trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to different places we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [14] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Bhutan

The 4 port USB travel charger [14] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Bhutan using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 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 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 Bhutan.
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Bhutan?

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using USB Type B connector with a Type G USB charger to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Bhutanese power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Bhutanese power outlet. You can identify the power outlet by the three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You will find the USB Micro connector on the foot of the Samsung Galaxy located underneath the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Bhutanese 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 to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the phone whilst charging it will take longer to fully recharge the battery.
Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using Micro USB Type B cord with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 using the Bhutanese power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by two round holes adjacent to each other.
  3. 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 USB Micro connector on the foot of the Samsung Galaxy located underneath the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Bhutanese 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 to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the phone whilst charging it will take longer to fully recharge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Learn how to recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Bhutanese power outlet using USB Type B connector with a Type D USB charger.

  1. To charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Bhutanese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the three holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You can find the USB jack on the bottom of the phone situated below the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen will display a charge icon with dots underneath to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung Galaxy while charging it may take longer to completely charge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Bhutanese power outlet

Instructions showing how to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Bhutanese power outlet with type B Micro USB cable and a 3 pin Type F USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Bhutanese power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [11] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the Bhutanese power outlet. This sunken round power outlet (sometimes called the Type F power outlet [10]) can be identified by the two circular holes 19 mm apart from each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into and a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the Type B USB Micro cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You can find the USB jack on the bottom of the phone situated below the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen will display a charge icon with dots underneath to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung while charging it may take longer to completely charge the battery.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Bhutanese power outlet

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Bhutanese power outlet

Using Type B USB Micro cable and a 3 pin Type M power adapter to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the Samsung Galaxy S4 using the Bhutanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [13] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Insert the Type M USB power adapter into the Bhutanese power outlet. This plug supply (sometimes known as the Type M power outlet [12]) can be recognised by 3 large circular holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  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 multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You can find the USB jack on the bottom of the Samsung Galaxy S4 found below the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will display a charge icon with dots underneath to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung Galaxy while charging it may take longer to completely charge the battery.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Bhutanese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutan - Wikipedia entry about Bhutan
  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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  10. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  11. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  12. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  13. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M mains power outlet
  14. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters