Charging any mobile phone when visiting Uruguay

A guide showing you how to recharge your mobile phone from a Uruguayan power outlet by using USB micro Type B cable and a three pin Europlug Type C power charger, charging any mobile phone using a Type F Schuko USB plug and charging any mobile phone using a three pin Type L USB charger

Uruguayan power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to visit another country to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power the mobile phone in Uruguay. This guide was written to prepare people wanting to charge the mobile phone when they are travelling to Uruguay.When visiting Uruguay this page has useful instructions showing how to supply power to your mobile phone by using the F, C, I or L type Uruguayan 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please be aware that Type F power outlets are typically used by a majority of Uruguayans. When visiting Uruguay from another country check your mobile phone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check your mobile phone is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. If you're planning on staying at a destination such as Montevideo we recommend reading the wikipedia web page about Uruguay [1] for more indepth information on travelling to the location.

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

Charging any mobile phone in Uruguay

Can you use any mobile phone in Uruguay?

Yes, you can connect any mobile phone to a Uruguayan power outlet.

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

If you are travelling with more than just your mobile phone the best travel power adapter for Uruguay is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four types of power outlets in Uruguay (types F, C, I and L) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of mobile phone supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel adapters and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Uruguay

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Uruguay 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Uruguay.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Uruguay. [9]
What is the best travel adapter for any mobile phone in Uruguay?

Charging any mobile phone from a Uruguayan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge your mobile phone from a Uruguayan power outlet by using type B Micro USB connector with a Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. To power the mobile phone from a Uruguayan power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. First you'll need to plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the Uruguayan power outlet. This unearthed power outlet, sometimes called a Europlug, can be identified by the 2 round adjacent holes.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable 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 you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone to charge with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is normally located either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Uruguayan 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 typically take.
Charging any mobile phone from a Uruguayan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Uruguayan power outlet

Using type B Micro USB connector with a Type F Schuko USB charger to power any mobile phone with a Uruguayan power outlet.

  1. In order to charge any mobile phone using the Uruguayan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. This recessed circular wall supply, sometimes known as a Schuko plug or Type F power outlet [5], can be identified by two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go along with a pair of grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB type B cord into the bottom of the USB mains 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 which came with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port can typically be found either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Uruguayan power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone should 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 Schuko Type F power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Uruguayan power outlet

How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Uruguayan power outlet

Using Micro USB type B cord and a Type L power adapter to charge any mobile phone from a Uruguayan power outlet.

  1. To charge the mobile phone using a Uruguayan power outlet you'll need to use a Type L USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type L USB power adapter into the Uruguayan power outlet. You can recognise the hexagon shaped plug outlet by three large circular holes in a line. You'll find there are two different types of Type L wall supply, one rated at 10 amps and one at 16 amps. The 10 amp power supply has 4mm thick round pins spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB micro Type B cable into 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 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 along one side or on the bottom of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Uruguayan power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone will 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 L power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Uruguayan power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Uruguay
  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 (around £10 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, priced at 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, estimated price under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  7. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  8. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, under $15 USD (£25-£30 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).