Charging your mobile phone from a power outlet in Jamaica

A guide showing how to power any mobile phone from a Jamaican power outlet using USB Type B connector and a 3 pin Type A power charger and charging any mobile phone using a three pin Type B power adapter.

Jamaican power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on staying in another country if you've never been there before. This page was written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your mobile phone when staying abroad.When you are planning a holiday to Jamaica the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the mobile phone by using their standard Type B or A 110 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type B wall outlets are typically used by most Jamaicans. If your mobile phone doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are travelling to Jamaica from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) can take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your mobile phone is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. If you intend to stay in a Jamaican place like Kingston or Spanish Town please refer to the Jamaican 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 Jamaica

Can the mobile phone be used in Jamaica?

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

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your mobile phone then the best international travel adapter for Jamaica is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of plug sockets in Jamaica (B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of mobile phone is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage and convenient for charging your mobile phone at the airport or on your flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Jamaica we suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter online; the travel adapter illustrated 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 Jamaica

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 the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Jamaica.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Jamaica. [7] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for any mobile phone in Jamaica?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Jamaican power outlet

A guide showing how to power any mobile phone from a Jamaican power outlet using USB Type B connector and a 3 pin Type A power charger.

  1. In order to supply power to your mobile phone from a Jamaican power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the Jamaican power outlet. This unearthed plug supply (technically called the Type A power outlet [2]) is recognised by 2 thin adjacent slots for live and neutral blades.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Type B connector 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 (please note you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone to charge with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Jamaican power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone should indicate that the device is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Jamaican power outlet

Powering any mobile phone with a Jamaican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

A guide showing how to power any mobile phone from a Jamaican power outlet by using USB Type B connector and a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

  1. To charge any mobile phone from the Jamaican power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the 2 thin slots where the live and neutral blades slide into with a single hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Type B connector 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 (please note you can usually connect the cable which came 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 phone.
  5. Switch on the Jamaican 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 take.
Powering any mobile phone with a Jamaican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Jamaican country Wiki page
  2. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  3. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, under £2.
  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, estimated price £5-£10.
  5. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  6. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, costing £15-£20.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing under £15.