How to charge the iPhone 4S when staying in Laos

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 4S with a Lao power outlet by using a USB 30-pin cable with a 2 pinned Type F USB adapter, how to recharge the iPhone 4S using a Type C power plug and how to recharge the iPhone 4S using a Type E power plug

Lao power outlet

Differing frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country especially to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 4S when you're travelling abroad.This page contains step-by-step instructions demonstrating exactly how to power the iPhone 4S when visiting Laos by using the standard types F, C or E Lao 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll find that most power sockets will vary regionally so please read the WikiConnections world power supplies page for a full list showing regions and countries. If travelling to Laos from another country please ensure that the iPhone 4S can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 4S originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPhone 4S is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. If you are planning to stay at a Lao destination like Vientiane please read the wikipedia.org page about Laos [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Laos

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Laos?

You can connect the iPhone 4S to a Lao power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Laos is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Laos use three different types of plug sockets (F, C and E) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPhone 4S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Laos

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Laos and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Laos.
  • 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 more cost effective alternative to 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 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Laos.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 4S in Laos?

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

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger to power your iPhone 4S from a Lao power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 4S from the Lao power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPhone 4S by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Lao power outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes known as the Europlug, is recognised by the two round holes adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains 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 Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which should take roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Lao power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type E power charger to power your iPhone 4S from a Lao power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 4S from the Lao power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 4S.
  2. Insert the Type E USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two adjacent holes and one metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into 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. Switch on the Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 4S will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 4S from a Lao power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 4S from a Lao power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 4S with a Lao power outlet by using a USB 30-pin cable with a 2 pinned Type F USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 4S from the Lao power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPhone 4S by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the Lao power outlet. The recessed circular plug outlet, sometimes known as the Schuko plug, can be recognised by the two large circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains 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 Lao power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 4S from a Lao power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laos - wikipedia.org page about Laos
  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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters