How to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 when staying in South Korea

Using USB Micro Type B cable with a 3 pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter to recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a South Korean power outlet and charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB charger.

South Korean power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent people worrying if they can power the Samsung Galaxy S4 when going abroad.When visiting South Korea the following instructions show charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 using their Type F or C 220 volt 60Hz plug outlets, most South Koreans will typically use the Type F wall outlets. Most power supplies are different depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore we suggest that you read our Wikiconnections global power connections list where you'll find a full list showing regions and countries. If travelling to South Korea from another country please ensure the Samsung Galaxy S4 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the Samsung Galaxy S4 came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check that your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it.

We recommend referring to the Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual [2] for more information on the operation of the mobile phone and visit the Galaxy page for more phones from the Samsung Galaxy range which can connect to the South Korean power outlet.

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in South Korea

Can the Samsung Galaxy S4 be used in South Korea?

You can use a Samsung Galaxy S4 in South Korea.

What is the best power charger for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in South Korea?

If travelling with more than just your Samsung Galaxy S4 or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for South Korea to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. South Koreans use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included plugs. If your type of Samsung Galaxy S4 supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your Samsung Galaxy S4 at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for South Korea

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but 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 which cover Continental Europe, North 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 South Korea 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 South Korea.
What is the best power charger for a Samsung Galaxy S4 in South Korea?

Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a South Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using Type B micro USB cord and a Type C power charger to power your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a South Korean power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 from the South Korean power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply (called a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) can be identified by the two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins. Type C plug sockets in South Korea might not be as common as Type F sockets.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the type B USB connector into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You can find the USB Micro connector on the bottom of the Samsung Galaxy situated underneath the Home button.
  4. Turn on the South Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which is found in the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will show a charge icon with to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung whilst charging it may take longer to fully charge the battery.
Powering a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a South Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a South Korean power outlet

Using USB Micro Type B cable with a 3 pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter to recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a South Korean power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to a Samsung Galaxy S4 using a South Korean power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the South Korean power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two adjacent holes where the pins slide into along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below. Type F power outlets will be the most common outlets found in South Korea.
  3. Connect one end of the type B USB cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the multipurpose jack on a Samsung Galaxy S4. You will find the USB jack on the foot of the phone found below the Home button.
  4. Switch on the South Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top corner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 screen will show a charge icon with to indicate that the device is charging.
  6. If you are using the Samsung whilst charging it may take longer to fully charge the battery.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 from a South Korean power outlet

See also

  1. http://www.visitkorea.com.my/ - Korea Tourism Organization site
  2. http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/201304/20130430133529298/GT-I9505_UM_EU_Jellybean_Eng_Rev.1.1_130426.pdf - Samsung Galaxy S4 instruction manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  5. 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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters