How to charge any mobile phone from a power outlet in Panama

Using USB Type B cord and a 3 pinned Type A power charger to recharge any mobile phone with a Panamanian power outlet and how to charge any mobile phone using a three pinned Type B power plug.

Panamanian power outlet

Different voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the mobile phone in Panama. This page has step-by-step instructions telling you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the mobile phone when staying in Panama by using their Type B or A Panamanian 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If the mobile phone slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when visiting Panama from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts either take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the mobile phone is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use.

This how-to guide is 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 visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Panama

Can the mobile phone be used in Panama?

You can use any mobile phone in Panama by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for any mobile phone in Panama?

If you are travelling with more than just your mobile phone then the best travel charger for Panama to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Panamanians use (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of mobile phone supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your mobile phone at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for a multipurpose travel adapter like this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Panama

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Panama and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Panama 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 from North America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 Panama. [7] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for any mobile phone in Panama?

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

Using USB Type B cord and a 3 pinned Type A power charger to recharge any mobile phone with a Panamanian power outlet.

  1. To power the mobile phone from a Panamanian power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Firstly insert the Type A USB power adapter in the Panamanian power outlet. This unearthed wall outlet, technically known as a Type A power outlet [2], can be identified by the two adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains 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 is normally located either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Panamanian 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 take.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Panamanian power outlet

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

Instructions showing how to power your mobile phone with a Panamanian power outlet with type B Micro USB cord with a Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to any mobile phone using the Panamanian power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 slots for live and neutral blades with a semicircular shaped hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable 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 you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone to charge 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 Panamanian power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the 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.
Powering any mobile phone with a Panamanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Panamanian page on wikipedia
  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, £15-£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. 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, £10-£15.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs £10-£15.