Charging the iPhone 4S when visiting Cameroon

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge the iPhone 4S from a Cameroonian power outlet with a USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type C USB adapter and recharging the iPhone 4S using a Type E power charger.

Cameroonian power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a different country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPhone 4S in Cameroon. When you are travelling to Cameroon this page has useful instructions showing how to supply power to your iPhone 4S by using the E or C type Cameroonian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are travelling to Cameroon from another country please double check your iPhone 4S can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Cameroon

Can you use the iPhone 4S in Cameroon?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 4S to a Cameroonian power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4S in Cameroon?

When you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPhone 4S the best travel power adapter for Cameroon is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of power outlets in Cameroon (types E and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPhone 4S supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 4S at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Cameroon

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4S, but for visitors also wishing 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 necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Cameroon and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from North America visiting Cameroon.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 Cameroon.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4S in Cameroon?

Powering the iPhone 4S with a Cameroonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

The Wiki Connections guide on how to charge the iPhone 4S from a Cameroonian power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 4S using the Cameroonian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 4S).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Cameroonian power outlet. This unearthed wall outlet (sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by two round holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Switch on the Cameroonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is recharging, typically taking around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Cameroonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 4S with a Cameroonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type E USB charger to power the iPhone 4S with a Cameroonian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 4S from the Cameroonian power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type E USB power adapter in the Cameroonian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two round adjacent holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins go plus a metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Turn on the Cameroonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Cameroonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameroon - wikipedia web page about Cameroon
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters