Charging the mobile phone when planning a trip to Nicaragua

Using type B Micro USB connector and a 3 pin Type A power adapter to recharge your mobile phone with a Nicaraguan power outlet and how to power any mobile phone using a 3 pin Type B power charger.

Nicaraguan power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and sockets can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to purchase in advance to power your mobile phone . This guide has been written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your mobile phone when staying abroad.If visiting Nicaragua this page has useful instructions showing charging the mobile phone by using the types B or A 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If your mobile phone slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Nicaragua from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you plan on travelling to a Nicaraguan city like Managua or León please refer to the Nicaragua Wiki page [1] for more indepth information.

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

Charging any mobile phone in Nicaragua

Can you use any mobile phone in Nicaragua?

You can use any mobile phone in Nicaragua by using a power adaptor.

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

When travelling with more than just your mobile phone the best international travel charger for Nicaragua to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of wall outlets that Nicaraguans use (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your mobile phone can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters for your Nicaraguan trip. By only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for charging your mobile phone at the airport or on your flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Nicaragua

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Nicaragua.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Nicaragua. [7] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for any mobile phone in Nicaragua?

Powering any mobile phone with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions on how to power any mobile phone from a Nicaraguan power outlet with Type B USB Micro connector with a Type A USB charger.

  1. To charge any mobile phone from a Nicaraguan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Nicaraguan power outlet. The power supply, technically called the Type A power outlet [2], can be identified by the two adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains USB 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 (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. Turn on the Nicaraguan 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 a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Nicaraguan power outlet

Instructions on how to recharge any mobile phone from a Nicaraguan power outlet with Type B USB Micro connector with a Type B USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the mobile phone using the Nicaraguan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The power supply, technically called the Type B power outlet [5], is identified by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into 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 that you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone to charge with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is normally located either on the side or bottom of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Nicaraguan power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone should indicate that the device is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Nicaraguan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Nicaragua Wiki page
  2. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  3. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, priced between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / around C$50).
  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 price between $10 to $15 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$15).
  5. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  6. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, priced at under $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$20-C$25).
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).