How to charge the mobile phone when staying in Belgium

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge any mobile phone with a Belgian power outlet by using type B USB cord and a Type C power charger and charging any mobile phone using a 2 pinned Type E USB charger.

Belgian power outlet

Complicated region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your mobile phone in Belgium. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the mobile phone when you're going abroad.If you are staying in Belgium the following instructions show powering your mobile phone using their E or C type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Belgians use Type E sockets in their plug outlets. If travelling to Belgium from another country please ensure that the mobile phone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the mobile phone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the mobile phone 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 over-heating whilst powering it up.

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 Belgium

Can the mobile phone be used in Belgium?

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

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

When you are travelling with more than just your mobile phone or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Belgium to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Belgians use two different types of plug sockets (E and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these 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 included heads over. If your model of mobile phone can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and additional support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers for your Belgian trip or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Belgium

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge 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 strips offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Belgium using 3 pinned type B American 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 from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for 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 Belgium. [7] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Belgium?

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

Using USB Micro Type B cable with a 3 pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter to recharge your mobile phone from a Belgian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the mobile phone from the Belgian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply (called the Type C power outlet [2]) is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect the USB end of the type B USB cord 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 (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 can typically be found either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Belgian 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.
Powering any mobile phone with a Belgian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Belgian power outlet

Using USB Micro Type B cable with a 3 pinned Type E USB adapter to recharge any mobile phone from a Belgian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your mobile phone from the Belgian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it into the power supply. This sunken round wall supply can be identified by two large circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins plus a long metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the type B USB cord into the 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 Belgian 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 E power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Belgian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Belgium country Wikipedia page
  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, 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, priced at under $10.
  5. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  6. 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, under $15.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price between $15 to $20.