How to charge the iPhone 4S when staying in Malaysia

How to connect a Malaysian power outlet to the iPhone 4S

Malaysian power outlet

Differing voltages and standards can all cause confusion when planning on visiting another country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your iPhone 4S in Malaysia. This page is a simple guide which shows exactly how to charge the iPhone 4S when going to Malaysia by using the standard 240 volt 50Hz Type G Malaysian wall outlet, with the Malaysians using a 13 amp plug for charging. When you are travelling to Malaysia from a different region check that your iPhone 4S can accept a 240v supply. If the iPhone 4S came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure the iPhone 4S is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Malaysia

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Malaysia?

You can connect the iPhone 4S to a Malaysian power outlet.

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

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Malaysia is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 4S can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual 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 travel chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Malaysia

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] 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 Malaysia 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Malaysia using 3 pinned type B US 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 North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 Malaysia.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 4S in Malaysia?

Charging the iPhone 4S from a Malaysian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 4S from the Malaysian power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically supply the USB cable with your iPhone 4S.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply (sometimes called a Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by three vertical rectangular holes with plastic shutters forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  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 Malaysian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which should take roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 4S from a Malaysian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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