Charging the Samsung Galaxy S4 when planning a trip to The United Kingdom

How to connect a UK power outlet to a Samsung Galaxy S4

UK power outlet

Differing combinations of region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially to the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to prepare travellers wanting to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 abroad.If visiting The United Kingdom these instructions show how to supply power to the Samsung Galaxy S4 by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type UK power outlet, with the British using BS 1363 13 amp plugs for charging. You will discover power supplies vary depending on which area you are in therefore please read the travel power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to The United Kingdom from a different country please check the Samsung Galaxy S4 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure your Samsung Galaxy S4 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it.

Please refer to the Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual [2] for more information on the operation of the mobile phone and visit the Galaxy page for more phones by Samsung which can connect to the UK power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in The United Kingdom

Can you use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in The United Kingdom?

You can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in The United Kingdom by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in The United Kingdom?

If you are travelling to more than one country then the best travel charger for The United Kingdom to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of Samsung Galaxy S4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel chargers. By only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to The United Kingdom 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 [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for The United Kingdom

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] 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 adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from America going to The United Kingdom using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 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 a more flexible 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting The United Kingdom.
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in The United Kingdom?

Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a UK power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Learn how to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 with a UK power outlet using USB Type B connector with a Type G USB charger.

  1. To charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a UK power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the UK power outlet. You can identify the power outlet by three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one 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'll find the USB Micro connector on the foot of the Samsung Galaxy located underneath the Home button.
  4. Switch on the UK power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 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 may take longer to fully recharge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a UK power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - The United Kingdom 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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters