Charging your mobile phone from a power outlet in Principe

Using type B Micro USB cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge your mobile phone with a Prinicipe power outlet and charging any mobile phone using a double pinned Type F USB plug.

Prinicipe power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge your mobile phone . This guide has been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your mobile phone when you're abroad.If you're staying in Principe this page has instructions showing you charging the mobile phone by using the types F or C 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If you are travelling to Principe from a different region please check the mobile phone can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v check that the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. If you're planning to visit a destination such as Santo António or Ilhéu Bom Bom please refer to the Prinicipe Wikipedia web page [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 a specific mobile phone please visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Principe

Can the mobile phone be used in Principe?

Yes, you can connect any mobile phone to a Prinicipe power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging any mobile phone in Principe?

If you are travelling with more than your mobile phone the best travel charger for Principe to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Prinicipians use two different types of power outlets (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins 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 mobile phone can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal 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 versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers using just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Principe

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the mobile phone, but for those 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 adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Principe and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Principe.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 Principe. [7] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging any mobile phone in Principe?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Prinicipe power outlet

Using USB Type B connector and a 3 pin Europlug Type C power adapter to power any mobile phone with a Prinicipe power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the mobile phone using a Prinicipe power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet is identified by 2 circular holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains 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 which came with your mobile phone for charging with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is normally located either on the bottom or along one side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Prinicipe power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone will indicate that the device is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Prinicipe power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Prinicipe power outlet

Using type B USB micro cable and a Type F Schuko power adapter to charge your mobile phone with a Prinicipe power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge any mobile phone from a Prinicipe power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Firstly plug the Type F USB power adapter in the Prinicipe power outlet. This sunken circular wall outlet, also called the Schuko plug or Type F power outlet [5], can be identified by two circular holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral pins go and a pair of metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 which came with your mobile phone to charge with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Prinicipe power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone should indicate that the device is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Prinicipe power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Prinicipe Wikipedia web page
  2. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  3. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, around $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-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, under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  5. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  6. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, priced at under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).