How to charge the mobile phone when staying in Latvia

A step by step guide showing you how to charge any mobile phone with a Latvian power outlet by using Type B Micro USB connector and a Type C power charger and charging any mobile phone using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter.

Latvian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to charge your mobile phone in Latvia. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the mobile phone when you're visiting abroad.When you're visiting Latvia the following instructions show charging your mobile phone using their F or C type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If visiting Latvia from another country please ensure the mobile phone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the mobile phone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the mobile phone is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it up.

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 please visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Latvia

Can the mobile phone be used in Latvia?

You can connect any mobile phone to a Latvian power outlet by using a power convertor.

Latvia

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

When you are travelling with more than just your mobile phone or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Latvia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Letts use two different types of plug sockets (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 plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of mobile phone can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Latvia or occupying additional power outlets. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets and using just a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Latvia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the mobile phone, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Latvia 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Latvia 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 offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 1 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 Latvia. [7]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Latvia?

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

A step by step guide showing you how to charge any mobile phone with a Latvian power outlet by using Type B Micro USB connector and a Type C power charger.

  1. In order to charge the mobile phone from the Latvian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This unearthed power supply, sometimes known as the Type C power outlet [2], is recognised by the two round adjacent holes.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains USB 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 which came with your mobile phone to charge with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Latvian 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.
Powering any mobile phone with a Latvian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Latvian power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge any mobile phone with a Latvian power outlet by using USB Micro Type B cable with a 3 pinned Schuko Type F power charger.

  1. To supply power to any mobile phone using a Latvian power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the Latvian power outlet. The sunken round power supply (called a Type F power outlet [5] or Schuko outlet) can be identified by two large circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins along with a pair of grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the type B USB connector into the USB 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 which came with your mobile phone to charge with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Latvian power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone should indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Latvian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Latvia country Wikipedia 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, between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$5).
  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, estimated cost between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under 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, under $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  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 (around £10 GBP / under C$20).