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

A step-by-step guide showing how to charge any mobile phone from a Bulgarian power outlet with USB micro Type B cable and a Europlug Type C USB adapter and powering any mobile phone using a 2 pinned Schuko Type F power plug.

Bulgarian power outlet

Differing combinations of frequencies and region codes can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country especially for the first time traveller. The following step by step instructions will show you what you'll need to supply power to the mobile phone when travelling to Bulgaria by using the F or C type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Power sources will vary from region to region so we recommend reading our Wikiconnections travel power connections page for a complete list of powering devices in different countries. If you are travelling to Bulgaria from a different country check that the mobile phone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the mobile phone is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from over-heating during charging. If you intend to visit a Bulgarian destination such as Sofia or Plovdiv refer to the Bulgaria Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area.

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

Charging any mobile phone in Bulgaria

Can the mobile phone be used in Bulgaria?

You can connect any mobile phone to a Bulgarian power outlet.

Bulgaria

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

When you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than just your mobile phone the best travel power adapter for Bulgaria to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Bulgarians use two different standards of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your model of mobile phone can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power adapters, along with support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your Bulgarian trip. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single power outlet.

We suggest buying a flexible power charger similar to this online, the power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Bulgaria

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Bulgaria and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Bulgaria.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Bulgaria. [7]
What is the best power charger for recharging any mobile phone in Bulgaria?

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

Using USB micro Type B cable and a Europlug Type C USB adapter to recharge your mobile phone from a Bulgarian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to any mobile phone using the Bulgarian 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. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Bulgarian power outlet. This unearthed wall supply (sometimes called a Type C power outlet [2] or Europlug) is recognised by the two round holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect 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 supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is normally located either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Bulgarian power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone will 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 Bulgarian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

A page on how to recharge any mobile phone with a Bulgarian power outlet with micro USB Type B cable with a Type F power adapter.

  1. In order to charge the mobile phone using a Bulgarian 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 plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by the two adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go and two thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB micro Type B connector into the 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 you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone to charge with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the side or bottom of the mobile.
  5. Switch on the Bulgarian 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 Schuko Type F power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Bulgarian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Bulgaria 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, £10-£15.
  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, costing £5-£10.
  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, costs £15-£20.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced around £10.