How to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a power outlet in Taiwan

The Wiki Connections page on how to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Taiwanese power outlet by using USB Type B cable with a Type A power charger and how to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a three pinned Type B USB charger.

Taiwanese power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country to the first time traveller. This guide has been written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 when you're in Taiwan.When going to Taiwan this page has instructions showing how to power the Samsung Galaxy S4 using their types B or A Taiwanese 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please be aware that Type B wall outlets will be used by most Taiwanese. If the Samsung Galaxy S4 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Taiwan from a different region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use.

We recommend referring to the Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual [2] for more details on the operation of the mobile phone and visit the Galaxy page for more phones by Samsung which will connect to the Taiwanese power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Taiwan

Can the Samsung Galaxy S4 be used in Taiwan?

You can connect a Samsung Galaxy S4 to a Taiwanese power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Taiwan?

When travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Taiwan is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of plug sockets that Taiwanese use (types B and A) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Taiwan

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Taiwan using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Taiwan.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Taiwan?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Taiwanese power outlet

Using micro USB Type B cable with a Type A power adapter to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Taiwanese power outlet.

  1. To power the Samsung Galaxy S4 from the Taiwanese power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by the 2 adjacent slots.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You can find the USB Micro connector on the base of the phone located below the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen will display a charging icon with dots underneath to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung Galaxy S4 whilst charging it may take longer to fully recharge the battery.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Taiwanese power outlet

Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Taiwanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using USB Micro Type B cord and a three pinned Type B USB adapter to recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Taiwanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to a Samsung Galaxy S4 using the Taiwanese power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the Taiwanese power outlet. This wall supply (technically known as a Type B power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the two thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the long earthed pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the power adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You'll find the USB jack on the foot of the Samsung Galaxy S4 situated underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 display will display a charge icon with to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung while charging it will take longer to completely recharge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Taiwanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan - Taiwanese entry on wikipedia.org
  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
  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/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters