How to charge your iPhone 4S from a power outlet in Zambia

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 4S from a Zambian power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a two pinned Type C USB adapter, how to recharge the iPhone 4S using a three pin Type G USB adapter and powering the iPhone 4S using a 3 pinned Type D USB charger

Zambian power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to help prepare people wanting to charge their iPhone 4S when going to Zambia.If you are visiting Zambia this page contains instructions showing how to power the iPhone 4S using their Type G, C or D Zambian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note that Type G plug outlets are used by most Zambians. When you are visiting Zambia from a different country please ensure the iPhone 4S can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPhone 4S is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. If you intend to stay at a city such as Lusaka or Kitwe read the Zambian Wikipedia page [1] for further details prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Zambia

Can you use the iPhone 4S in Zambia?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4S in Zambia by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 4S in Zambia?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 4S then the best international travel charger for Zambia is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Zambians use three different types of plug sockets (G, C and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 4S supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy multiple travel adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPhone 4S at the airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used back 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 wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend buying this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Zambia

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4S, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Zambia 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 compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Zambia using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating 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 Zambia.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 4S in Zambia?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Zambian power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 4S with a Zambian power outlet with an Apple 30-pin connector and a Type G USB adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 4S from the Zambian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally supplied with the iPhone 4S by Apple).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 3 slots with plastic shutters forming a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power 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 Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is charging which should take around one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Zambian power outlet

Charging the iPhone 4S from a Zambian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a two pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 4S from a Zambian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 4S from the Zambian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include the cable when you first purchase the iPhone 4S.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [6] or Europlug, is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the bottom of 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. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 4S from a Zambian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Zambian power outlet

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 4S from a Zambian power outlet with a 30 pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 4S using the Zambian power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally included with your iPhone 4S by Apple).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the Zambian power outlet. This wall supply, sometimes called the Type D power outlet [8], looks like three circular holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the cable into the power 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 Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 4S will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Zambian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zambia - Zambian Wikipedia page
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters