How to charge your mobile phone from a power outlet in Sierra Leone

Using USB micro Type B connector and a Type G USB adapter to charge any mobile phone from a Sierra Leonean power outlet and powering any mobile phone using a Type D power adapter.

Sierra Leonean power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and sockets can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country, especially for the first time traveller. The following step by step guide will show what you'll need to charge the mobile phone when staying in Sierra Leone by using their G or D type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Power supplies will vary from region to region so we recommend reading our Wiki Connections global power connections page for a complete list of regions and countries. If you are visiting Sierra Leone from a different country make sure that the mobile phone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure the mobile phone is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid 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 Sierra Leone

Can you use any mobile phone in Sierra Leone?

Yes, you can use any mobile phone in Sierra Leone by using the correct power convertor.

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

If travelling with more than your mobile phone and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Sierra Leone is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. There are two different standards of plug sockets that Sierra Leoneans use (types G and D) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type G. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads over. If your mobile phone is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port charger will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for recharging your mobile phone at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Sierra Leone we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Sierra Leone

The 4 port USB travel charger [7] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the mobile phone, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Sierra Leone using type B American 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Sierra Leone.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Sierra Leone?

Powering any mobile phone with a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using USB micro Type B connector and a Type G USB adapter to charge any mobile phone from a Sierra Leonean power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to any mobile phone using the Sierra Leonean power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the Sierra Leonean power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 3 vertical rectangular holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB micro Type B connector into 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 (note you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone to charge with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the side or bottom of the mobile.
  5. Switch on the Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone will indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
Powering any mobile phone with a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Charging any mobile phone from a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge any mobile phone from a Sierra Leonean power outlet with USB micro Type B cable and a Type D USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to any mobile phone from the Sierra Leonean power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the Sierra Leonean power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by three round holes forming a triangular shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the Type B Micro USB cord into the bottom of 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 (please note that you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone to charge 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. Turn on the Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone should 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 Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Leone - wikipedia entry about Sierra Leone
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  3. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  6. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters