Charging the Samsung Galaxy S4 from a power outlet in Thailand

Simple instructions showing you how to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Thai power outlet by using USB Type B connector and a 3 pin Type B power charger, powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a two pin Type A power adapter and how to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Type C Europlug power adapter

Thai power outlet

When organizing a holiday it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your vital gadgets that you are bringing along. But by not knowing which wall socket is used in Thailand you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, thereby leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and damage the Samsung Galaxy S4. Various combinations of voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 . This guide has been written to prevent visitors having to worry if they can charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 when they're travelling to Thailand.If you're planning a holiday to Thailand the following useful instructions show how to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 by using their standard B, A or C type Thai 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type B wall outlets are typically used by most Thai. When travelling to Thailand from a different country please check the Samsung Galaxy S4 can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. If you plan on staying in a place such as Bangkok or Ayutthaya please refer to the Thai Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information.

Refer 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 can connect to the Thai power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Thailand

Can you use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Thailand?

You can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Thailand.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Thailand?

If you are travelling with more than your Samsung Galaxy S4 the best international travel adapter for Thailand to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three standards of wall outlets that Thai use (B, A and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Thai trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Thailand

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Thailand and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Thailand using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 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 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Thailand.
What is the best power charger for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Thailand?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Thai power outlet

Instructions showing how to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Thai power outlet with USB Type B connector and a 3 pin Type A power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the Samsung Galaxy S4 using the Thai power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Thai power outlet. This unearthed plug supply (technically called the Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by 2 thin adjacent slots for live and neutral blades.
  3. Connect one end of the type B Micro USB 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 multipurpose jack on the base of the Samsung Galaxy located underneath the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 display will show a charging icon with to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung Galaxy S4 while charging it may take longer to completely charge the battery.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Thai power outlet

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

Simple instructions showing you how to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Thai power outlet by using USB Type B connector and a 3 pin Type B power charger.

  1. To charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from the Thai power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the Thai power outlet. This plug supply (technically called the Type B power outlet [6]) is recognised by 2 thin slots for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the type B Micro USB cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You'll find the multipurpose jack on the foot of the Samsung Galaxy located underneath the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 display will show a charging icon with to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung Galaxy S4 while charging it may take longer to completely charge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Thai power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Thai power outlet

Using type B Micro USB cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Thai power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Thai power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You will find the USB Micro connector on the base of the Samsung Galaxy S4 situated below the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Thai 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 will take longer to fully recharge the battery.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Thai power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand - Thai Wikipedia page
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  10. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters