Charging your mobile phone from a power outlet in Eritrea

A guide showing how to recharge your mobile phone with an Eritrean power outlet with Type B Micro USB cable and a Type C Europlug USB charger and how to power any mobile phone using a Type L USB charger.

Eritrean power outlet

Differing frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to buy in advance to charge your mobile phone . These instructions were specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the mobile phone when staying in Eritrea.When you are visiting Eritrea the following useful instructions show how to power your mobile phone by using their types L or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Most power supplies will change depending on which area you are visiting so please read the power supplies and Africa page for a full list of regions and countries. If you are visiting Eritrea from another country double check the mobile phone can be used with a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it.

This how-to guide is 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 visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Eritrea

Can the mobile phone be used in Eritrea?

Yes, you can connect any mobile phone to an Eritrean power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging any mobile phone in Eritrea?

If travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your mobile phone the best international travel charger for Eritrea to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of plug sockets in Eritrea (L and C) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your mobile phone supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters or using up additional power sockets. Only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your mobile phone at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend buying a flexible travel charger of this nature online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Eritrea

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, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Eritrea 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 option for travellers originating from America going to Eritrea.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Eritrea. [7] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging any mobile phone in Eritrea?

Powering any mobile phone with an Eritrean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using type B USB micro connector with a three pinned Type C USB charger to power any mobile phone from an Eritrean power outlet.

  1. To power the mobile phone using the Eritrean 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. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify the wall outlet by the two round holes next to each other.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Type B Micro USB cable into the bottom of the mains power 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 which came with your mobile phone for charging 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 Eritrean power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone should indicate that the device is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
Powering any mobile phone with an Eritrean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering any mobile phone with an Eritrean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Using type B USB micro connector with a three pinned Type L power adapter to recharge your mobile phone with an Eritrean power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the mobile phone using the Eritrean power outlet you'll need a Type L USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start by inserting the Type L USB power adapter into the wall supply. The flattened hexagon shaped plug supply, sometimes known as a Type L power outlet [5], can be recognised by three round adjecent holes in a line. Note that there are two variations of Type L plug supply rated for 10 and 16 amps. A 10 amp plug supply has 4mm thick pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB power 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 that you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone to charge with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port can normally be found either on the bottom or side of the mobile.
  5. Switch on the Eritrean 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.
Powering any mobile phone with an Eritrean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Eritrean country entry on Wikipedia.org
  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, priced 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, priced at under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  5. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  6. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, costing between $10 to $15 USD (£25-£30 GBP / around C$15).
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).