Charging any mobile phone from a power outlet in Hong Kong

A guide showing you how to power your mobile phone with a Hong Kong power outlet with Type B Micro USB cable and a Type G power adapter.

Hong Kong power outlet

If you are packing for a holiday to Hong Kong it is useful to know if you can charge all your vital electrical devices such as mobiles or tablets when you get to your destination. But by not knowing which power socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, leaving you having to borrow a suitable adaptor when you need it which might be incompatible and damage the device. Different standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. These instructions have been written to help assist travellers wanting to power their mobile phone when they are travelling to Hong Kong.When you are travelling to Hong Kong the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the mobile phone by using the 220 volt 50Hz Type G Hong Kong power outlet, the Hongkongese will use a 13 amp plug for power outlets. If you are visiting Hong Kong from another country please check the mobile phone can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check your mobile phone is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. If you intend to visit a place like Kowloon or Victoria we recommend reading the Hong Kong Wikipedia page [1] for more information.

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 Hong Kong

Can the mobile phone be used in Hong Kong?

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

What is the best travel adapter for any mobile phone in Hong Kong?

When you are travelling to multiple countries then the best travel power adapter for Hong Kong is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5].

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 in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied heads. If your mobile phone is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters along with additional support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel chargers or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single international USB 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 the airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Hong Kong

The 4 port USB travel charger [5] 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 supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Hong Kong and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Hong Kong.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi has just 2 USB charging ports but offers 6 AC outlets. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, B, E, F, G and I making it suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Hong Kong.
What is the best travel adapter for any mobile phone in Hong Kong?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Hong Kong power outlet

The WikiConnections page showing how to recharge any mobile phone from a Hong Kong power outlet by using Micro USB type B cord with a 3 pin Type G USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to your mobile phone from a Hong Kong 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 the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the Hong Kong power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by three holes with shutters in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Type B USB cable into the bottom of the mains 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 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 along one side or on the bottom of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Hong Kong 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 G power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Hong Kong power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong - Hong Kong 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters