How to charge the iPhone 4S when staying in Belgium

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 4S with a Belgian power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger and how to recharge the iPhone 4S using a Type E USB charger.

Belgian power outlet

Differing voltages and sockets can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially if you've never been there before. This page has been specifically written to stop visitors needing to worry if they'll be able to power the iPhone 4S when going to Belgium.This page contains a step by step guide demonstrating what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone 4S when you're travelling to Belgium by using the standard types E or C Belgian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type E power outlets are used by most Belgians. Most power sockets will vary regionally so please read our Wiki Connections travel power sockets guide where you'll find a complete list of countries. If travelling to Belgium from another country please make sure your iPhone 4S can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Belgium

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Belgium?

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

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 4S in Belgium?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 4S or visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for Belgium is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Belgians use two different types of wall outlets (E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPhone 4S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers for your trip to Belgium or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Belgium

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] 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 converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North 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 best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Belgium.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Belgium.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 4S in Belgium?

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

Learn how to recharge the iPhone 4S with a Belgian power outlet by using a USB 30-pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 4S from the Belgian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically supply this USB cable with your iPhone 4S).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise this power supply by 2 holes next to each other.
  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 Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Belgian power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Belgian power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 4S with a Belgian power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type E power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 4S using a Belgian power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is typically already supplied with the iPhone 4S by Apple).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise this power supply by two holes 19mm apart from each other plus a single long metal grounding pin protruding from the top to form a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin 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 Belgian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Belgian power outlet

See also

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