Charging the Samsung Galaxy S4 when planning a trip to Ghana

A guide showing how to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Ghanaian power outlet with Type B micro USB cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter and how to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a 3 pin Type D power adapter.

Ghanaian power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country especially for the first time traveller. This page was written to stop people worrying if they'll be able to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 when they are going abroad.When you are planning a holiday to Ghana these useful instructions show powering the Samsung Galaxy S4 by using their standard Type G or D 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When visiting Ghana from a different region please check that the Samsung Galaxy S4 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your Samsung Galaxy S4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging.

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 in the Samsung Galaxy range which can connect to the Ghanaian power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Ghana

Can you use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Ghana?

You can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Ghana by using a power adaptor.

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

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your Samsung Galaxy S4 then the best travel power adapter for Ghana is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of power outlets that Ghanaians use (G and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G.

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 around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of Samsung Galaxy S4 is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single wall outlet.

For those travelling often we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Ghana

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips 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 are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Ghana 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 Ghana 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 is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 Ghana.
What is the best power adapter for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Ghana?

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

A guide showing how to recharge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Ghanaian power outlet with Type B micro USB cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter.

  1. To charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Ghanaian 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. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one 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 Samsung Galaxy S4 found below the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Ghanaian 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 will take longer to fully recharge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using USB Micro type B cord with a Type D USB charger to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Ghanaian power outlet.

  1. To charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Ghanaian power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by taking the Type D USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this power supply by the three holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into 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 base of the Samsung Galaxy S4 found below the Home button.
  4. Switch on the Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found at 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 may take longer to completely charge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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