How to charge the mobile phone in Puerto Rico

Instructions showing how to charge any mobile phone with a Puerto Rican power outlet by using USB type B cable with a Type A power charger and powering any mobile phone using a Type B power plug.

Puerto Rican power outlet

Complicated region codes and plug types can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country if you've never visited before. The following simple guide will show you what you'll need to supply power to your mobile phone when you are in Puerto Rico by using the standard types B or A Puerto Rican 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, please note that Type B plug outlets are used by most Puerto Ricans. If your mobile phone charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Puerto Rico from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check the mobile phone is a dual voltage device (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use.

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 Puerto Rico

Can the mobile phone be used in Puerto Rico?

You can connect any mobile phone to a Puerto Rican power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

If travelling with more than your mobile phone then the best travel charger for Puerto Rico is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of power outlets in Puerto Rico (B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of mobile phone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices. This means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Puerto Rico. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your mobile phone at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend buying this type of flexible power charger online, the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Puerto Rico

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 America visiting Puerto Rico using 3 pin type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Puerto Rico. [7] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for any mobile phone in Puerto Rico?

Powering any mobile phone with a Puerto Rican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using Type B USB cord and a three pinned Type A USB adapter to charge any mobile phone with a Puerto Rican power outlet.

  1. If you want to power any mobile phone using a Puerto Rican power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the Puerto Rican power outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by 2 slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of 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 (note 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 side or bottom of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone should indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
Powering any mobile phone with a Puerto Rican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Puerto Rican power outlet

Using Type B USB cord and a three pinned Type B USB adapter to charge any mobile phone with a Puerto Rican power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the mobile phone from the Puerto Rican power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type B power outlet [5]) can be identified by two thin slots next to each other with a single hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect one 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 supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is normally located either on the side or bottom of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone should 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 B power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Puerto Rican power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Puerto Rican country entry on Wikipedia.org
  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, priced at around £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, estimated cost 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, priced at £10-£15.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.