How to charge your mobile phone from a power outlet in Afghanistan

Instructions showing how to charge any mobile phone with an Afghan power outlet with Type B USB connector with a 3 pinned Europlug Type C power charger and powering any mobile phone using a Type F power adapter.

Afghan power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. When you're travelling to Afghanistan this page contains instructions showing how to power the mobile phone using their Type F or C Afghan 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power supplies will vary depending on which country you're taking a trip to therefore please read the Wikiconnections world power connections list where you'll find a complete list showing regions and countries. If you are travelling to Afghanistan from a different country double check your mobile phone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the mobile phone was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. If you intend on taking a trip to a city such as Kabul or Kandahar we also recommend referring to the Afghanistan Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area.

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 visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Afghanistan

Can the mobile phone be used in Afghanistan?

You can connect any mobile phone to an Afghan power outlet.

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

When you are travelling with more than your mobile phone the best travel charger for Afghanistan to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. There are two types of plug sockets that Afghans use (types F and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your type of mobile phone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Afghanistan

The 4 port USB travel charger [7] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the mobile phone, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Afghanistan.
  • 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 originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Afghanistan.
What is the best power adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Afghanistan?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your mobile phone from an Afghan power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge any mobile phone with an Afghan power outlet with Type B USB connector with a 3 pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to power the mobile phone from the Afghan 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. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Afghan power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes known as the Europlug) can be identified by 2 holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect one end of the type B Micro USB cord 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 supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Afghan 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 typically take.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your mobile phone from an Afghan power outlet

Charging any mobile phone from an Afghan power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing how to charge any mobile phone with an Afghan power outlet with Type B USB connector with a 3 pinned Schuko Type F power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to any mobile phone using an Afghan power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by two holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into along with grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the type B Micro USB cord 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 supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Afghan 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 typically take.
Charging any mobile phone from an Afghan power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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