How to charge the mobile phone when staying in Mali

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge any mobile phone with a Malian power outlet by using type B USB cord and a Type C power charger and powering any mobile phone using a two pinned Type E USB adapter.

Malian power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never visited before. If you are going to travel to Mali these useful instructions show how to supply power to the mobile phone using their E or C type 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. When you are visiting Mali from a different country check your mobile phone can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure that the mobile phone is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging.

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 a specific mobile phone visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Mali

Can the mobile phone be used in Mali?

You can use any mobile phone in Mali.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Mali?

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for Mali is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. Malians use two different types of wall outlets (E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included heads over. If your mobile phone supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for recharging your mobile phone at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Mali

The 4 port USB travel charger [7] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the mobile phone, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Mali using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Mali.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Mali?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Malian power outlet

Using USB Micro Type B connector and a Type C power charger to power your mobile phone from a Malian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to any mobile phone using a Malian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Malian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the Type B micro USB cord into the USB power charger 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 you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port can normally be found either on the bottom or along one side of the mobile.
  5. Switch on the Malian power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone should indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Malian power outlet

Charging any mobile phone from a Malian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge any mobile phone with a Malian power outlet by using type B USB cord and a Type E power charger.

  1. In order to charge the mobile phone from the Malian power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This round wall supply, also called a Type E power outlet [5], can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes and one metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangle shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains USB 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 (please note you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port can normally be found either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile.
  5. Switch on the Malian power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone will indicate that the device is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
Charging any mobile phone from a Malian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali - Malian page on wikipedia.org
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  3. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$20).
  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, priced between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / around C$10).
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  6. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet, estimated cost between $15 to $20 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$20).
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$20).