How to charge the mobile phone from a power outlet in Brazil

Instructions showing how to charge any mobile phone with a Brazilian power outlet with USB type B connector and a Europlug Type C USB adapter and charging any mobile phone using a Type N power plug.

Brazilian power outlet

Brazil uses 2 different types of voltage depending on the location - both 127 volts and 240 volts. Always ensure that you familiarise yourself with the voltage of the outlet prior to using any electrical appliance in a Brazilian power outlet. Instructions on this page assume that you understand which voltage you will be using, however the safest option is always to use a dual voltage device or appliance.

Complicated region codes and plug types can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the mobile phone when abroad.This page contains step by step instructions telling you exactly how to charge your mobile phone when you're visiting Brazil by using the standard types N or C Brazilian 60Hz plug outlets, a majority of Brazilians normally use the Type N plug outlets. Power sources change from region to region therefore we suggest that you read the WikiConnections travel power sockets guide for a full list showing regions. If your mobile phone does not power up or charges slowly when you are travelling to Brazil from a different country check that it is compatible with a Brazilian power supply. Devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use.

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

Charging any mobile phone in Brazil

Can the mobile phone be used in Brazil?

You can connect any mobile phone to a Brazilian power outlet.

Brazil

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

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for Brazil to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of plug sockets that Brazilians use (types N and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of mobile phone supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers for your trip to Brazil. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online, the power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Brazil

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters 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 most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Brazil using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Brazil. [7]
What is the best travel adapter for any mobile phone in Brazil?

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

Using Type B USB cord and a 3 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter to recharge your mobile phone from a Brazilian power outlet.

  1. To power your mobile phone from the Brazilian 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. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Brazilian power outlet. This unearthed wall supply (sometimes known as the Europlug) can be identified by two round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into. Prior to 2010 buildings may be installed with this power supply.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable 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 adapter).
  4. The USB charging port can normally be found either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile.
  5. Switch on the Brazilian 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 C power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Brazilian power outlet

Charging any mobile phone from a Brazilian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge your mobile phone from a Brazilian power outlet with Type B USB connector with a 3 pinned Type N USB charger.

  1. In order to charge the mobile phone from the Brazilian power outlet you will need a Type N USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by taking the Type N USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can recognise the flattened hexagon shaped plug outlet by 3 circular holes forming a flattened triangular pattern. Since 2010 buildings will use this power supply.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB type B connector 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 for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port can normally be found either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Brazilian 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.
Charging any mobile phone from a Brazilian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Brazilian Wiki 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, 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, priced at between $5 to $10.
  5. iec.ch - Type N power outlet
  6. Type N USB power adapter - The three 4mm rounded pins on a grounded Brazilian Type N USB charger form a flattened triangular pattern, costs 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, costing between $15 to $20.