How to charge the iPhone 4S in India

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPhone 4S with an Indian power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pin Type M power charger, recharging the iPhone 4S using a two pinned Type C power charger and charging the iPhone 4S using a Type D USB charger

Indian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of region codes and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country, especially to the first time traveller. If you are staying in India this page contains useful instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone 4S by using their types D, C or M Indian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware that Type D power outlets are typically used by a majority of Indians. If you are visiting India from a different country please make sure your iPhone 4S can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check your iPhone 4S is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. If you plan on visiting destinations like Mumbai or Chennai read the wikipedia.org entry about India [1] for more indepth details on travelling to the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in India

Can the iPhone 4S be used in India?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4S in India.

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

When travelling with more than your iPhone 4S the best travel charger for India is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Indians use three different standards of plug sockets (types D, C and M) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of iPhone 4S supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers. By only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPhone 4S at the airport or on the plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for India

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, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power grids. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 visiting India.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting India.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 4S in India?

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

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pinned Type C power charger to charge the iPhone 4S from an Indian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 4S using an Indian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually included with the iPhone 4S.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. This ungrounded wall outlet can be recognised by the two holes adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable into the USB 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 Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up and takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 4S from an Indian 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 an Indian power outlet

Using the Apple USB 30-pin connector with a Type D USB adapter to power the iPhone 4S with an Indian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 4S from the Indian power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with your iPhone 4S by Apple).
  2. Insert the Type D USB power adapter into the Indian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the three round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth.
  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. Turn on the Indian 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 charging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from an Indian power outlet

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

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPhone 4S with an Indian power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pin Type M power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 4S from an Indian power outlet you will need to use a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - typically already included with your iPhone 4S by Apple.
  2. First plug in the Type M USB power adapter in the power supply. The plug supply (called the Type M power outlet [8]) can be identified by the three circular holes forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the bottom of 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 Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4S with an Indian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India - wikipedia.org entry about India
  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/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