How to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 when visiting Malawi

Using type B USB cable with a three pin Type G USB charger to power a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Malawian power outlet.

Malawian power outlet

Various standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power the Samsung Galaxy S4 in Malawi. This page was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 when you are travelling to Malawi.This page contains step-by-step instructions showing exactly what you'll need to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 when going to Malawi by using their 230 volt 50Hz Type G Malawian power outlet, the Malawians will use a 13 amp plug for power outlets. Most power supplies differ depending on which area you are travelling to therefore please read the Africa page for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Malawi from another region please make sure that your Samsung Galaxy S4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your Samsung Galaxy S4 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overloading when charging it.

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

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Malawi

Can the Samsung Galaxy S4 be used in Malawi?

Yes, you can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Malawi.

What is the best travel adapter for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Malawi?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your Samsung Galaxy S4 the best international travel charger for Malawi is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the included heads. If your type of Samsung Galaxy S4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers and additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate power adapters on your Malawian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel to Malawi we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature online. The travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Malawi

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Malawi and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Malawi using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Malawi.
What is the best travel adapter for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in Malawi?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Malawian power outlet

Using USB micro Type B cable and a three pinned Type G power charger to charge a Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Malawian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your Samsung Galaxy S4 using a Malawian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the Malawian power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by three vertical slots containing plastic shutters in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB micro type B connector into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You will find the multipurpose jack on the bottom of the Samsung Galaxy S4 located underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the Malawian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears at the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen will show a charging icon with dots underneath to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung whilst charging it will take longer to completely charge the battery.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a Malawian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malawi - Malawian country Wiki 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