Charging your mobile phone from a power outlet in Wales

Using type B Micro USB cable and a 3 pin Type G USB charger to charge your mobile phone with a Welsh power outlet.

Welsh power outlet

Varying complicated voltages and plugs can often be confusing when planning on travelling to a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to help assist people wanting to power the mobile phone when they are abroad.If you're planning a holiday to Wales the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the mobile phone by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G wall outlet, the Welsh will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for power outlets. If you are visiting Wales from another country make sure that the mobile phone can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your mobile phone came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your mobile phone is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you plan on travelling to a Welsh city like Cardiff or Bangor please refer to the Wikipedia web page about Wales [1] for more indepth information.

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 all the latest phones please visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Wales

Can the mobile phone be used in Wales?

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

What is the best power adapter for any mobile phone in Wales?

When travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your mobile phone then the best international travel adapter for Wales is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of mobile phone supports 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 charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers for your Welsh trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling and on hand for recharging your mobile phone at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Wales we suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Wales

The 4 port USB travel charger [5] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the mobile phone, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Wales 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Wales using type B American 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 from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Wales.
What is the best power adapter for any mobile phone in Wales?

Powering any mobile phone with a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using USB Type B connector and a 3 pin Type G power adapter to recharge your mobile phone with a Welsh power outlet.

  1. To power your mobile phone using the Welsh power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. First you'll need to plug the Type G USB power adapter in the Welsh power outlet. This power outlet, sometimes known as a Type G power outlet [2], looks like three rectangular slots forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in one end of the type B USB Micro cable into the mains power 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 that you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone to charge with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is normally located either on the bottom or side of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Welsh power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone will indicate that the phone is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
Powering any mobile phone with a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - Wikipedia web page about Wales
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters