Charging any mobile phone from a power outlet in Bolivia

Instructions showing how to recharge your mobile phone with a Bolivian power outlet with USB type B connector and a Type A power adapter and how to charge any mobile phone using a Europlug Type C USB plug.

Bolivian power outlet

Varying complicated standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to buy in advance to charge the mobile phone . These instructions have been written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your mobile phone when you're in travelling to Bolivia.The following simple instructions shows exactly what you'll need to charge the mobile phone when you are travelling to Bolivia using their standard Type C or A 115 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If the mobile phone charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Bolivia from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check your mobile phone is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you are planning on visiting a Bolivian place such as Santa Cruz de la Sierra please refer to the Bolivian Wikipedia page [1] for more details.

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

Charging any mobile phone in Bolivia

Can you use any mobile phone in Bolivia?

You can connect any mobile phone to a Bolivian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling with more than your mobile phone and visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for Bolivia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. There are two different types of wall outlets in Bolivia (C and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of mobile phone is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers along with support for more power hungry devices.

Having a four port adapter means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your mobile phone at the airport or on a flight. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to different continents we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Bolivia

The 4 port USB travel charger [7] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 option for travellers originating from America going to Bolivia 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 Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 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 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Bolivia.
What is the best power adapter for any mobile phone in Bolivia?

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

Instructions showing how to recharge your mobile phone with a Bolivian power outlet with USB type B connector and a Type A power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your mobile phone using the Bolivian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Plug in the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two thin slots next to each other where the live and neutral blades go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Micro 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 (please note that you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone to charge with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port can normally be found either on the bottom or along one side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Bolivian power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone should indicate that the device is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Bolivian power outlet

Powering any mobile phone with a Bolivian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A guide showing how to recharge any mobile phone from a Bolivian power outlet using Type B USB micro connector with a three pin Europlug Type C power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the mobile phone from a Bolivian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Bolivian power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB 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 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 typically located either on the bottom or along one side of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Bolivian power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone will 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 Bolivian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolivia - Bolivian Wikipedia page
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  3. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, around £10.
  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, costing around £5.
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  6. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, £5-£10.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £15.