Charging your iPhone 4S from a power outlet in Sri Lanka

A guide showing you how to power the iPhone 4S with a Sri Lankan power outlet using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type G USB charger, charging the iPhone 4S using a three pin Type D power charger and charging the iPhone 4S using a three pin Type M power charger

Sri Lankan power outlet

Varying different frequencies and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country if you've never been there before. These instructions have been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 4S abroad.If planning a trip to Sri Lanka these instructions show charging the iPhone 4S using the Type G, D or M Sri Lankan 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, you'll discover a majority of Sri Lankans use the Type G sockets in their wall outlets. Most power changes depending on which country you are in so we recommend reading the power supplies and Asia page for a full list of regions and countries. When you are travelling to Sri Lanka from another country make sure the iPhone 4S can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v check that the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Sri Lanka

Can you use the iPhone 4S in Sri Lanka?

You can use the iPhone 4S in Sri Lanka.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 4S in Sri Lanka?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 4S then the best travel power adapter for Sri Lanka is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Sri Lankans use three different standards of wall outlets (types G, D and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your type of iPhone 4S supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your Sri Lankan trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer, the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Sri Lanka

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Sri Lanka using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 Sri Lanka.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 4S in Sri Lanka?

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

A guide showing you how to power the iPhone 4S with a Sri Lankan power outlet using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type G USB charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 4S from a Sri Lankan power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already included with the iPhone 4S.
  2. Start by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the 3 vertical holes with plastic shutters forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable 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. Switch on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking between one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Sri Lankan power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Sri Lankan power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 4S with a Sri Lankan power outlet using the Apple USB 30 pin cable and a Type D USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPhone 4S using the Sri Lankan power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the cable is normally already supplied with your iPhone 4S.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. This plug supply, sometimes known as a Type D power outlet [6], can be identified by 3 round holes forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin cable 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. Switch on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking between one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Sri Lankan power outlet

Powering the iPhone 4S with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 4S with a Sri Lankan power outlet using an Apple USB 30 pin cable and a Type M USB charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 4S using the Sri Lankan power outlet you'll need a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should normally supply this USB cable with the iPhone 4S).
  2. Begin by taking the Type M USB power adapter and plugging it into the Sri Lankan power outlet. This wall outlet (known as the Type M power outlet [8]) looks like three round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin cable 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. Switch on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lanka - Sri Lankan 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/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M 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