How to charge the mobile phone when staying in Argentina

A guide on how to power your mobile phone from an Argentinean power outlet with micro USB Type B connector and a Type C power charger and how to recharge any mobile phone using a Type I power charger.

Argentinean power outlet

If you are planning a trip to Argentina it's helpful to know if you can power any electronics that you'll be bringing with you. But, without knowing which power socket is being used in Argentina you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you having to borrow a potentially overpriced power adaptor on arrival. Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to visit another country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your mobile phone in Argentina. This page has been written to assist travellers wanting to charge their mobile phone when they are staying abroad.This page is a guide showing exactly how to power the mobile phone when staying in Argentina by using the standard types I or C Argentinean 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Argentinians use Type I sockets in their plug outlets. If travelling to Argentina from another country please ensure that the mobile phone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid 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 all the latest phones please visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Argentina

Can the mobile phone be used in Argentina?

You can connect any mobile phone to an Argentinean power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Argentina?

When travelling with more than your mobile phone then the best international travel power adapter for Argentina to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of plug sockets that Argentinians use (types I and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of mobile phone supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for recharging your mobile phone at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Argentina

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via 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 useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Argentina 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Argentina.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and offers practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Argentina. [7] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Argentina?

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

A guide on how to power your mobile phone from an Argentinean power outlet with micro USB Type B connector and a Type C power charger.

  1. In order to charge the mobile phone from the Argentinean power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Type B Micro USB connector into the USB 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 (please note that you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone to charge with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Argentinean power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone will indicate that the device is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
Powering any mobile phone with an Argentinean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using micro USB type B connector with a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter to recharge any mobile phone from an Argentinean power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to any mobile phone using an Argentinean power outlet you will need a Type I USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type I USB power adapter in the Argentinean power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type I power outlet [5]) can be identified by three thin slots for the live, neutral and ground. Please be aware that the live and neutral pins are configured reversed compared to Chinese and Australian power outlets therefore please check that your Type I power adaptor is compatible in Argentina.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB 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 for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port can typically be found either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Argentinean 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 typically take.
How to use a Type I power charger for charging your mobile phone from an Argentinean power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Argentina
  2. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  3. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, costs £10-£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, £5-£10.
  5. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  6. 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, £15-£20.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.