How to charge the iPhone 4S in Tristan da Cunha

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pin Type G USB charger to recharge the iPhone 4S from a Tristanian power outlet.

Tristanian power outlet

Varying different region codes and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning on visiting a different country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions have been written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 4S abroad.This page contains a guide which shows exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPhone 4S when staying in Tristan da Cunha using their standard 240 volt 50Hz Type G power outlet, with the Tristanians using a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. If you are travelling to Tristan da Cunha from a different country please ensure your iPhone 4S can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your iPhone 4S is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overheating when charging it. If you are planning on travelling to a destination like Edinburgh or Tristan da Cunha please read the wikipedia page about Tristan da Cunha [1] for more indepth details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Tristan da Cunha

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Tristan da Cunha?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4S in Tristan da Cunha.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 4S in Tristan da Cunha?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 4S the best international travel charger for Tristan da Cunha is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPhone 4S is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

This will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers on your Tristanian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPhone 4S at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Tristan da Cunha

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4S, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Tristan da Cunha.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Tristan da Cunha.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 4S in Tristan da Cunha?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Tristanian power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 4S from a Tristanian power outlet by using an Apple USB 30-pin connector with a Type G USB adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 4S using a Tristanian power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPhone 4S.
  2. Plug the Type G USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this power outlet by three vertical slots in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB 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. Turn on the Tristanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 4S will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging which should take around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Tristanian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Helena,_Ascension_and_Tristan_da_Cunha - wikipedia page about Tristan da Cunha
  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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters