How to charge your mobile phone from a power outlet in England

How to connect a British power outlet to any mobile phone

British power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in another country if you've never visited before. This page has been written to stop visitors worrying if they can power the mobile phone when they are staying abroad.The following useful guide shows how to power the mobile phone when visiting England by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type power outlet, the Britons will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for charging. When you are visiting England from a different region please ensure that the mobile phone can be charged using a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure the mobile phone is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it.

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

Charging any mobile phone in England

Can you use any mobile phone in England?

Yes, you can use any mobile phone in England by using the correct power convertor.

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What is the best power charger for recharging any mobile phone in England?

When you are travelling with more than just your mobile phone the best travel charger for England to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your mobile phone supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

This means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your British trip or occupying additional power outlets. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your mobile phone at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for England

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the mobile phone, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both England 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America visiting England using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting England. [5]
What is the best power charger for recharging any mobile phone in England?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your mobile phone from a British power outlet

Using type B USB Micro cord and a three pin Type G USB adapter to recharge your mobile phone from a British power outlet.

  1. To supply power to any mobile phone from the British power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug outlet, technically known as a Type G power outlet [2], can be recognised by the three vertical rectangular slots forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the 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 (please 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 normally be found either on the bottom or along one side of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the British 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.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your mobile phone from a British power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - England Wikipedia web page
  2. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  3. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, around £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, around £5.
  5. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost around £10.