Charging your mobile phone from a power outlet in Ecuador

Using USB micro type B cord with a three pinned Type A power adapter to power any mobile phone with an Ecuadorian power outlet and how to power any mobile phone using a Type B USB charger.

Ecuadorian power outlet

Various combinations of standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country if you've never been there before. If you're planning a holiday to Ecuador these instructions show powering the mobile phone by using the types B or A 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If your mobile phone does not power up or charges slowly when you are visiting Ecuador from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check the device is dual voltage (usually indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. If you intend to visit a destination such as Guayaquil or Quito please refer to the Ecuador entry on wikipedia [1] for more indepth information.

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 Ecuador

Can the mobile phone be used in Ecuador?

Yes, you can connect any mobile phone to an Ecuadorian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

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

If you are travelling with more than your mobile phone the best international travel charger for Ecuador to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. Ecuadorians use two different types of power outlets (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your mobile phone can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy individual travel chargers on your Ecuadorian trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your mobile phone at the airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Ecuador

The 4 port USB travel charger [7] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Ecuador using type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Ecuador.
What is the best power adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Ecuador?

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

Using USB micro type B cord with a three pinned Type A power adapter to power any mobile phone with an Ecuadorian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your mobile phone from an Ecuadorian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the Ecuadorian power outlet. The power supply (sometimes called the Type A power outlet [2]) is recognised by 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other where the twin plug outlet blades go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the micro USB Type B connector into the bottom of the USB power 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 (please note that you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone to charge with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port can typically be found either on the side or bottom of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Ecuadorian 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 typically take.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your mobile phone from an Ecuadorian power outlet

Powering any mobile phone with an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using USB Micro type B cord with a three pinned Type B power adapter to power your mobile phone with an Ecuadorian power outlet.

  1. To charge your mobile phone using the Ecuadorian power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the power supply. The wall outlet (known as the Type B power outlet [5]) is identified by the 2 thin slots parallel to each other where the live and neutral blades go with a hole below for the slightly long ground pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Type B connector into the bottom of the USB power 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 (please note that you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone to charge with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port can typically be found either on the side or bottom of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Ecuadorian 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 typically take.
Powering any mobile phone with an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuador - Ecuador entry on wikipedia
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  3. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  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
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  6. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters