How to charge your iPhone 4S from a power outlet in England

Using a 30 pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type G USB charger to power your iPhone 4S from a British power outlet.

British power outlet

When packing for a holiday it can be useful to know if you'll be able to use all your essential electrical devices when you get there. Without knowing which wall socket is used you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, leaving you needing to buy a suitable charger when you're there. Different region codes and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power the iPhone 4S in England. These guidelines were written to stop travellers worrying if they can power their iPhone 4S when they are staying abroad.If you are visiting England this page contains instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 4S using their 230 volt 50Hz Type G British wall outlet, with the Britons using a BS 1363 13 amp plug for power outlets. When you are visiting England from a different country make sure that the iPhone 4S can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your iPhone 4S is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. If you intend on staying somewhere such as London or York read the Wikipedia web page about England [1] for further details prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in England

Can you use the iPhone 4S in England?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4S in England by using the correct power adaptor.

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

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 4S then the best travel charger for England is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 4S supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power chargers, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your British trip. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for England

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4S, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both England and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from America visiting England using type B American 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 from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as 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 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 most travellers from around the world visiting England.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 4S in England?

Powering the iPhone 4S with a British power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a three pin Type G USB adapter to charge the iPhone 4S from a British power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 4S using a British power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically supply this cable with your iPhone 4S).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the British power outlet. The wall supply, sometimes called the Type G power outlet [3], looks like three slots with shutters forming a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of 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. Turn on the British power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is charging which should take around one to four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a British power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - Wikipedia web page about England
  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