How to charge any mobile phone when visiting Tuvalu

How to connect a Tuvaluan power outlet to any mobile phone

Tuvaluan power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and sockets can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the mobile phone . These simple instructions tells you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the mobile phone when staying in Tuvalu by using their 220 volt 50Hz Type I Tuvaluan power outlet. If travelling to Tuvalu from a different region make sure the mobile phone can accept a 240v supply. If the mobile phone was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from being damaged during charging.

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

Charging any mobile phone in Tuvalu

Can the mobile phone be used in Tuvalu?

Yes, you can use any mobile phone in Tuvalu.

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

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Tuvalu to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs over. If your mobile phone is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Tuvalu

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Tuvalu and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Tuvalu using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with one 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 generous 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Tuvalu. [5] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for any mobile phone in Tuvalu?

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Tuvaluan power outlet

Using type B Micro USB connector with a three pin Type I USB charger to power any mobile phone with a Tuvaluan power outlet.

  1. In order to charge any mobile phone using the Tuvaluan power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type I USB power adapter into the Tuvaluan power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes known as the Type I power outlet [2]) can be identified by the three slots in a triangular shape with a single vertical pin at the base and the top pair of slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the micro USB Type B cable into the mains USB 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 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 side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Tuvaluan power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone should indicate that the phone is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Tuvaluan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Tuvalu
  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, £5-£10.
  5. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced £10-£15.