Charging any mobile phone in Poland

A guide showing you how to recharge your mobile phone from a Polish power outlet by using USB micro Type B cable and a three pin Europlug Type C power charger and recharging any mobile phone using a Type E power adapter.

Polish power outlet

Complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to charge the mobile phone . This page was written to prepare people wanting to charge their mobile phone when they are travelling to Poland.This page contains instructions which shows what you'll need to charge the mobile phone when you are in Poland by using their Type E or C Polish 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type E power outlets will be typically used by most Poles. If travelling to Poland from a different country ensure the mobile phone can accept a 240v supply. If the mobile phone was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the mobile phone is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating 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 a specific mobile phone please visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Poland

Can you use any mobile phone in Poland?

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

What is the best power adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Poland?

If travelling with more than just your mobile phone then the best travel adapter for Poland to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of wall outlets in Poland (types E and C) and using a travel charger like 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 heads. If your type of mobile phone supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your mobile phone at the airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Poland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the mobile phone, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Poland and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Poland using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Poland. [7] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Poland?

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

A guide showing you how to recharge your mobile phone from a Polish power outlet by using USB micro Type B cable with a three pin Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. In order to supply power to any mobile phone from the Polish power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Polish power outlet. This ungrounded wall supply, sometimes known as a Europlug or Type C power outlet [2], is identified by two adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go.
  3. 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 for charging with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port can typically be found either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Polish 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. [AD]
Powering any mobile phone with a Polish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging any mobile phone from a Polish power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using USB micro Type B cable and a three pinned Type E power charger to recharge any mobile phone with a Polish power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the mobile phone from a Polish power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. First plug in the Type E USB power adapter into the Polish power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two large round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins with a single long metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Micro 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 Polish 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. [AD]
Charging any mobile phone from a Polish power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Polish country Wiki 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.
  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.
  5. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  6. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.