How to charge any mobile phone when planning a trip to Niger

Using Micro USB type B cable and a three pin Type C Europlug power charger to recharge any mobile phone with a Nigerien power outlet, powering any mobile phone using a double pin Type A USB charger and charging any mobile phone using a Type B USB adapter

Nigerien power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they can power their mobile phone abroad.This page is a simple guide demonstrating exactly how to charge your mobile phone when you are visiting Niger by using the D, A, B, C, E or F type Nigerien 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If travelling to Niger from a different region make sure that the mobile phone can be charged using a 240v supply. If your mobile phone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your mobile phone is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you plan on visiting a Nigerien destination such as Niamey or Zinder we also suggest referring to the wikipedia.org entry about Niger [1] for more information prior to the location.

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 Niger

Can the mobile phone be used in Niger?

You can use any mobile phone in Niger by using the correct power convertor.

Niger

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

If you are travelling with more than just your mobile phone then the best travel charger for Niger to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are six different standards of plug sockets that Nigeriens use (D, A, B, C, E and F) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your mobile phone supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate power adapters. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your mobile phone at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Niger

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Niger and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Niger using type B US 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 gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Niger. [15]
What is the best travel adapter for any mobile phone in Niger?

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

A guide on how to recharge any mobile phone with a Nigerien power outlet with USB micro type B cable with a three pin Type A USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your mobile phone using a Nigerien power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by two thin slots next to each other. Please be aware power cords used with type A sockets which are rated at 125 V should not be used in Niger so please check first.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro 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 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 Nigerien 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 A power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Nigerien power outlet

Charging any mobile phone from a Nigerien power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using type B USB micro cord and a Type B power charger to charge any mobile phone from a Nigerien power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the mobile phone from a Nigerien power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Plug in the Type B USB power adapter in the Nigerien power outlet. This wall outlet (known as the Type B power outlet [5]) can be identified by the 2 slots next to each other where the short live and neutral blades sit with a semicircular shaped hole below for the earthed pin. Be aware power cables used with type B plugs which are rated at 125 volts should not be used so please check first.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of 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 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 normally located either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Nigerien power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone will indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
Charging any mobile phone from a Nigerien power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

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

Using Micro USB type B cable and a three pin Type C Europlug power charger to recharge any mobile phone with a Nigerien power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your mobile phone from the Nigerien power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Nigerien power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two circular adjacent holes.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains 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 which came with your mobile phone to charge with any USB charger).
  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 Nigerien 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.
Powering any mobile phone with a Nigerien power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering any mobile phone with a Nigerien power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

A guide showing you how to charge your mobile phone from a Nigerien power outlet using USB type B cord and a 3 pinned Type D power charger.

  1. In order to supply power to any mobile phone from the Nigerien power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type D USB power adapter into the Nigerien power outlet. The power supply, sometimes known as the Type D power outlet [9], looks like three circular holes in a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the 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 you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone to charge with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port can typically be found either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Nigerien 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.
Powering any mobile phone with a Nigerien power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Charging any mobile phone from a Nigerien power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using type B Micro USB connector with a Type E power adapter to charge your mobile phone from a Nigerien power outlet.

  1. In order to power any mobile phone using the Nigerien power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [12] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by plugging the Type E USB power adapter in the Nigerien power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes plus a metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro 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 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 side of the mobile.
  5. Switch on the Nigerien 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.
Charging any mobile phone from a Nigerien power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Nigerien power outlet

Using USB type B connector and a three pinned Type F power adapter to charge any mobile phone from a Nigerien power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your mobile phone using a Nigerien power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [14] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the two round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go along with a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of 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 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 normally located either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Nigerien power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone will indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Nigerien power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Niger
  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, estimated cost between $10 to $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, estimated cost under $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, between $10 to $15.
  7. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  8. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced at between $10 to $15.
  9. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  10. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, under $15.
  11. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  12. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, costs under $15.
  13. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  14. 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, priced at between $10 to $15.
  15. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced around $15.