Charging the Samsung Galaxy S4 when planning a trip to India

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Indian power outlet with USB Micro type B connector and a 3 pin Type C USB charger, how to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a 3 pin Type D power charger and how to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a 3 pin Type M power charger

Indian power outlet

If you are packing for a trip to India it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power your indispensable electrical devices when you get there. Without knowing which power socket to expect you could pack the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and cause damage to the Samsung Galaxy S4. Various combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 . The following useful guide will show exactly what you'll need to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 when staying in India using the Type D, C or M 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, a majority of Indians will use the Type D power outlets. You'll discover that power supplies are different depending on which country you are in therefore we recommend reading the World power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to India from a different country please check that the Samsung Galaxy S4 can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your Samsung Galaxy S4 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. If you're planning on staying somewhere like Mumbai read the Wikipedia entry about India [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 Indian power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in India

Can you use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in India?

Yes, you can connect a Samsung Galaxy S4 to an Indian power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in India?

When you are travelling with more than your Samsung Galaxy S4 or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for India to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Indians use three different types of power outlets (types D, C and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. 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 USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy multiple power adapters for your Indian 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 you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to India we suggest searching for a flexible power charger like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for India

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 visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both India 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 best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to India.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting India.
What is the best power adapter for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in India?

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Indian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Simple instructions showing you how to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Indian power outlet with type B USB Micro cable and a 3 pin Type C USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 using the Indian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] 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 recognise this plug supply by the two adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the type B USB Micro cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You'll find the multipurpose jack on the base of the phone situated below the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Indian 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 phone whilst charging it may take longer to completely charge the battery.
Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Indian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Indian power outlet

A guide showing how to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Indian power outlet with Type B USB Micro cable and a Type D USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the Samsung Galaxy S4 using the Indian power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type D USB power adapter in the Indian power outlet. This plug supply, technically called the Type D power outlet [6], can be identified by the 3 round holes in a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Micro type B connector into the bottom of 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 found underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Indian 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 mobile whilst charging it will take longer to fully recharge the battery.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Indian power outlet

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Indian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

A guide showing how to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Indian power outlet with Type B USB Micro cable and a Type M USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Indian power outlet you'll need a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type M USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise this power supply by the three round holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Micro type B connector into the bottom of 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 found underneath the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Indian 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 mobile whilst charging it will take longer to fully recharge the battery.
Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 from an Indian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India - Wikipedia entry about India
  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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C 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/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M 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