How to charge any mobile phone when planning a trip to Reunion

Using USB type B cord and a 3 pinned Type E power charger to recharge any mobile phone with a Reunionese power outlet.

Reunionese power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the mobile phone . When you're visiting Reunion these instructions show how to power the mobile phone using a standard 220 volt 50Hz Type E power outlet, with the Reunionese using CEE 7/5 French sockets for wall outlets. Most power sockets will change depending on which area you taking a trip to so we recommend reading the WikiConnections travel power sockets page where you'll find a complete list of regions. When you are visiting Reunion from a different region please ensure your mobile phone can be used with a 240v supply. If the mobile phone was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the mobile phone is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from overheating when charging it.

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 Reunion

Can you use any mobile phone in Reunion?

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

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

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Reunion is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of mobile phone can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your mobile phone at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Reunion

The 4 port USB travel charger [5] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Reunion using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Reunion.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Reunion?

Powering any mobile phone with a Reunionese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using type B Micro USB connector with a Type E power adapter to charge your mobile phone from a Reunionese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your mobile phone from the Reunionese power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type E USB power adapter into the Reunionese power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two large circular adjacent holes plus a metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains 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 (please note that you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port can typically be found either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Reunionese power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone should indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
Powering any mobile phone with a Reunionese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A9union - Reunion Wikipedia web page
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  3. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters