Charging the iPhone 4S from a power outlet in Ethiopia

Simple instructions showing how to power the iPhone 4S with an Ethiopian power outlet with the Apple 30-pin connector with a Type E USB charger, charging the iPhone 4S using a two pin Type C power plug and charging the iPhone 4S using a 2 pin Type F USB plug

Ethiopian power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plug types can all lead to confusion when planning on visiting another country, especially to the first time traveller. This guide has been specifically written to assist people wanting to power their iPhone 4S when they're staying in Ethiopia.This page has useful instructions telling you what you'll need to power your iPhone 4S when you're visiting Ethiopia using the standard E, C, F or L type Ethiopian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If visiting Ethiopia from a different country please ensure your iPhone 4S can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v double check the iPhone 4S is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Ethiopia

Can you use the iPhone 4S in Ethiopia?

You can connect the iPhone 4S to an Ethiopian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPhone 4S then the best international travel charger for Ethiopia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [11]. Ethiopians use four different standards of power outlets (types E, C, F and L) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 4S supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Because you are only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose power adapter like this online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [11] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Ethiopia

The 4 port USB travel charger [11] 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 strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Ethiopia 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Ethiopia.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Ethiopia.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 4S in Ethiopia?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from an Ethiopian power outlet

Using a 30-pin connector and a Type C USB adapter to power the iPhone 4S with an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 4S from the Ethiopian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually include this cable when you buy your iPhone 4S).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Ethiopian power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the cord into the bottom of the mains power 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 Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone 4S screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is powering up which takes between one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from an Ethiopian power outlet

Charging the iPhone 4S from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Simple instructions showing how to power the iPhone 4S with an Ethiopian power outlet with the Apple 30-pin connector with a Type E USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 4S from an Ethiopian power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is normally supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it into the Ethiopian power outlet. This sunken circular wall supply (sometimes called a CEE 7/7 plug) can be identified by the two large adjacent holes for live and neutral pins plus a metal grounding pin protruding the top in a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable into 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. Turn on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 4S from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from an Ethiopian power outlet

Using a 30 pin cable and a Type F power adapter to power your iPhone 4S with an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPhone 4S using the Ethiopian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually supply the cable when you buy the iPhone 4S).
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by the two circular holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins sit along with two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin cable into 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. Turn on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 4S will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from an Ethiopian power outlet

How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from an Ethiopian power outlet

Using the 30-pin Apple connector with a 3 pin Type L USB charger to recharge the iPhone 4S from an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPhone 4S using the Ethiopian power outlet you'll need a Type L USB power adapter [10] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually supply the cable with the iPhone 4S).
  2. Firstly plug the Type L USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify the squashed hexagon shaped power outlet by three circular adjecent holes in a line for live, neutral and ground pins. There are two different types of Type L wall outlet rated for 10 and 16 amps. A 10 amp plug outlet has 4mm thick round pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart, and a 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power 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 Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from an Ethiopian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia - Ethiopian country entry on wikipedia
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  10. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L mains power outlet
  11. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters