How to charge any mobile phone when planning a trip to Vietnam

A guide showing you how to recharge your mobile phone from a Vietnamese power outlet by using USB type B connector and a three pinned Type C Europlug power charger, how to recharge any mobile phone using a 3 pinned Type G power plug and recharging any mobile phone using a double pin Type A USB charger

Vietnamese power outlet

Various voltages and plugs can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the mobile phone in Vietnam. This guide has been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your mobile phone abroad.If you are staying in Vietnam this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your mobile phone using the standard Type G, A or C 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, a majority of Vietnamese normally use the Type G plugs in their power outlets. Most power sources differ regionally so we suggest that you read the Wiki Connections travel power connections page where you'll find a complete list of regions. If you are visiting Vietnam from a different country ensure that the mobile phone can accept a 240v supply. If your mobile phone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check your mobile phone is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering 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 a specific mobile phone please visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Vietnam

Can you use any mobile phone in Vietnam?

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

What is the best travel charger for any mobile phone in Vietnam?

If you are travelling with more than just your mobile phone then the best international travel charger for Vietnam is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are three standards of power outlets that Vietnamese use (types G, A and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A, C and G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of mobile phone can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage and suitable for charging your mobile phone at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for a versatile travel adapter similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Vietnam

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come 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 travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Vietnam.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Vietnam.
What is the best travel charger for any mobile phone in Vietnam?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Vietnamese power outlet

Learn how to power your mobile phone with a Vietnamese power outlet by using type B USB micro cord and a Type G power charger.

  1. If you want to charge your mobile phone using a Vietnamese power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Plug in the Type G USB power adapter in the Vietnamese power outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by three vertical slots with shutters forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 to charge with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port can normally be found either on the bottom or along one side of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone will indicate that the device is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Vietnamese power outlet

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Vietnamese power outlet

Using type B Micro USB cord with a Type A power adapter to charge any mobile phone from a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. To power the mobile phone from a Vietnamese power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Vietnamese power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by two thin slots next to each other.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the type B Micro USB cord into the bottom of the mains power charger 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 supplied with your mobile phone to charge 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.
  5. Turn on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone should indicate that the device is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Vietnamese power outlet

Powering any mobile phone with a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your mobile phone from a Vietnamese power outlet by using USB Type B cord and a three pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. In order to supply power to any mobile phone using the Vietnamese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by two circular adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB type B cable into the USB power charger 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 (please note that you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port can typically be found either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Vietnamese 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.
Powering any mobile phone with a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam - wikipedia.org entry about Vietnam
  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/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  6. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  8. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  9. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters