Charging the mobile phone when planning a trip to Tonga

Using USB Type B connector with a Type I USB charger to charge your mobile phone with a Tongan power outlet.

Tongan power outlet

Differing combinations of region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country for the first time traveller. This page was written to help assist people wanting to power their mobile phone when staying abroad.If you're planning a trip to Tonga this page contains useful instructions showing powering the mobile phone using the 240 volt 50Hz Type I wall outlet. You will discover power supplies vary depending on which country you are in therefore we recommend reading the World power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Tonga from a different country please make sure that your mobile phone can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your mobile phone is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating during charging. If you're planning to visit a destination such as Nuku?alofa read the Wikipedia.org web page about Tonga [1] for further details.

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 visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Tonga

Can you use any mobile phone in Tonga?

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

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

When travelling with more than your mobile phone or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Tonga to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your mobile phone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. By only bringing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for recharging your mobile phone at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger online - the multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Tonga

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Tonga 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 converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Tonga.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Tonga. [5] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for any mobile phone in Tonga?

How to use a Type I power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Tongan power outlet

Using type B Micro USB cable and a 3 pin Type I power adapter to power any mobile phone from a Tongan power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the mobile phone using the Tongan power outlet you will need to use a Type I USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Insert the Type I USB power adapter into the Tongan power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the three slots forming an upside-down triangular configuration with the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Type B USB Micro 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 (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 normally be found either on the side or bottom of the mobile.
  5. Switch on the Tongan power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your 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 I power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Tongan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org web page about Tonga
  2. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  3. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, estimated price £20-£25.
  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 £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.