Charging the mobile phone from a power outlet in Scotland

Using micro USB Type B cord with a three pin Type G power adapter to recharge your mobile phone with a Scottish power outlet.

Scottish power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the mobile phone when staying in Scotland.This page contains instructions telling you how to charge your mobile phone when travelling to Scotland using the 230 volt 50Hz Type G power outlet, with the Scottish using BS 1363 13 amp plugs for charging. You will discover that power sockets change depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the power supplies and Europe page for a full list of regions and countries. When visiting Scotland from another region ensure that your mobile phone can be charged using a 240v supply. If your mobile phone was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your mobile phone is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. If you intend on taking a trip to a tourist destination like Edinburgh or Glasgow please refer to the Scottish country Wiki page [1] for more indepth information.

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 Scotland

Can you use any mobile phone in Scotland?

You can use any mobile phone in Scotland.

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

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your mobile phone then the best travel adapter for Scotland is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your mobile phone can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices. This will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to buy individual power adapters. Because you are only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at 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 recommend searching for a versatile power charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Scotland

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, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Scotland 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 is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Scotland. [5] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for any mobile phone in Scotland?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Scottish power outlet

A guide showing how to charge your mobile phone with a Scottish power outlet with USB Micro type B cord with a three pinned Type G power adapter.

  1. In order to power your mobile phone from a Scottish power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. This plug supply (technically called the Type G power outlet [2]) looks like 3 vertical rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the type B Micro USB cable into the bottom of the USB 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 to charge with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is normally located either on the bottom or side of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Scottish power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone will indicate that the phone is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Scottish power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Scottish country Wiki 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, costs £30-£35.
  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 £5-£10.
  5. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.