Charging your mobile phone from a power outlet in The US Virgin Islands

A page showing how to recharge any mobile phone from a Virgin Islands power outlet with type B Micro USB cable and a Type A USB charger and recharging any mobile phone using a 3 pin Type B power charger.

Virgin Islands power outlet

Varying different voltages and plugs can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country especially for the first time traveller. If planning a trip to The US Virgin Islands the following useful instructions show how to charge the mobile phone by using their standard Type B or A 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If your mobile phone doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are travelling to The US Virgin Islands from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check the device is dual voltage (usually indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use.

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

Charging any mobile phone in The US Virgin Islands

Can you use any mobile phone in The US Virgin Islands?

You can use any mobile phone in The US Virgin Islands.

What is the best travel charger for any mobile phone in The US Virgin Islands?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your mobile phone then the best international travel adapter for The US Virgin Islands is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Virgin Islanders use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads over. If your type of mobile phone is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power chargers or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your mobile phone at an airport or on your flight. Due to their 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 tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for The US Virgin Islands

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting The US Virgin Islands using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 most travellers from around the world visiting The US Virgin Islands. [7] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for any mobile phone in The US Virgin Islands?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Virgin Islands power outlet

A page showing how to recharge any mobile phone from a Virgin Islands power outlet with type B Micro USB cable and a Type A USB charger.

  1. In order to power your mobile phone from a Virgin Islands 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. Firstly plug in the Type A USB power adapter in the Virgin Islands power outlet. This unearthed plug supply, technically called a Type A power outlet [2], can be recognised by two adjacent slots for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then 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 that you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone for charging 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 Virgin Islands power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone will indicate that the phone is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Virgin Islands power outlet

Powering any mobile phone with a Virgin Islands power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Instructions on how to power any mobile phone from a Virgin Islands power outlet by using type B USB micro cable and a Type B USB charger.

  1. If you want to power the mobile phone using the Virgin Islands power outlet you will 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 inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. This plug supply (technically called the Type B power outlet [5]) can be recognised by two slots next to each other where the live and neutral blades go with a single hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains 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 (note you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone for charging with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is normally located either on the bottom or along one side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Virgin Islands 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 a Virgin Islands power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Virgin Islands Wikipedia 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, costing between $5 to $10 USD (under £2 GBP / under 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, estimated cost between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 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, between $5 to $10 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  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 (under £15 GBP / under C$20).