How to charge your mobile phone from a power outlet in American Samoa

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your mobile phone from an American Samoan power outlet by using USB type B cable and a three pin Type A USB adapter, powering any mobile phone using a Type B USB adapter and powering any mobile phone using a double pin Type F Schuko USB charger

American Samoan power outlet

Complicated combinations of standards and sockets can often be confusing when planning on travelling to another country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the mobile phone . These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the mobile phone when you're in going to American Samoa.If you're going to American Samoa this page has instructions showing how to supply power to your mobile phone by using the standard Type I, A, B or F 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, a majority of American Samoans normally use the Type I plugs in their power outlets. If the mobile phone doesn't power up or recharges slowly when travelling to American Samoa 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 may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check the mobile phone is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power 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 please visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in American Samoa

Can the mobile phone be used in American Samoa?

You can use any mobile phone in American Samoa by using the correct power adaptor.

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What is the best power charger for recharging any mobile phone in American Samoa?

When you are travelling with more than your mobile phone and visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for American Samoa to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four standards of power outlets in American Samoa (types I, A, B and F) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your mobile phone is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters, and support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage and suitable for recharging your mobile phone at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for American Samoa

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the mobile phone, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to American Samoa.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting American Samoa. [11]
What is the best power charger for recharging any mobile phone in American Samoa?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your mobile phone from an American Samoan power outlet

A step by step guide showing you how to charge any mobile phone from an American Samoan power outlet using Type B USB cable with a Type A USB adapter.

  1. To power the mobile phone from an American Samoan 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. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The power supply (technically known as a Type A power outlet [2]) is recognised by the 2 adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the power 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 to charge with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is normally located either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the American Samoan power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone should indicate that the device is charging, refer to the 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 an American Samoan power outlet

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

Using type B USB connector with a Type B power adapter to charge any mobile phone from an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to any mobile phone using the American Samoan 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. Insert the Type B USB power adapter in the American Samoan power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two thin slots for live and neutral blades with a semicircular shaped hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the micro USB Type B cord into the bottom of 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 (please note that you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the bottom or side of the mobile.
  5. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the 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 an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your mobile phone from an American Samoan power outlet

Instructions on how to charge any mobile phone from an American Samoan power outlet with type B USB connector with a Type F USB adapter.

  1. To power the mobile phone from an American Samoan power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes for live and neutral and two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB type 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 (note that 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 side or bottom of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the American Samoan 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.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your mobile phone from an American Samoan power outlet

Charging any mobile phone from an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your mobile phone from an American Samoan power outlet by using USB type B cable and a three pin Type I USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to your mobile phone from the American Samoan power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type I USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet, technically called a Type I power outlet [9], can be identified by three thin slots in an upside-down triangle shape with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into 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 along one side or on the bottom of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the American Samoan power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone will indicate that the device is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
Charging any mobile phone from an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - American Samoa Wikipedia web 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, £2-£3.
  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, priced £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, estimated price around £20.
  7. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  8. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, under £15.
  9. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  10. 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, around £20.
  11. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price around £10.