How to charge any mobile phone when visiting Tristan da Cunha

A guide on how to charge any mobile phone from a Tristanian power outlet using type B USB cable with a three pin Type G USB charger.

Tristanian power outlet

Differing frequencies and region codes can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power the mobile phone in Tristan da Cunha. This page was written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the mobile phone when you are visiting Tristan da Cunha.This page contains useful instructions showing what you'll need to power the mobile phone when you're in Tristan da Cunha using their standard 240 volt 50Hz Type G plug outlet, with the Tristanians using a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. When travelling to Tristan da Cunha from another country double check 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 110v) double check the mobile phone is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. If you plan on visiting a Tristanian place such as Edinburgh or Tristan da Cunha please read the Tristanian page on [1] for more indepth details on travelling 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 Tristan da Cunha

Can the mobile phone be used in Tristan da Cunha?

Yes, you can use any mobile phone in Tristan da Cunha.

What is the best power adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Tristan da Cunha?

If travelling with more than just your mobile phone the best travel power adapter for Tristan da Cunha is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the included heads over. If your mobile phone can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters and additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters on your Tristanian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling regularly we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated 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 Tristan da Cunha

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 visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 North America visiting Tristan da Cunha.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Tristan da Cunha. [5] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Tristan da Cunha?

Powering any mobile phone with a Tristanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge your mobile phone from a Tristanian power outlet by using micro USB Type B cable and a three pinned Type G power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your mobile phone from the Tristanian power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet, sometimes called the Type G power outlet [2], looks like 3 rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect 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 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. Switch on the Tristanian 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.
Powering any mobile phone with a Tristanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Tristanian page on
  2. - Type G power outlet
  3. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, 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, between $10 to $15.
  5. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15.