How to charge the iPhone 4S when planning a trip to Macedonia

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 4S with a Macedonian power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a Type C power adapter and recharging the iPhone 4S using a Type F power adapter.

Macedonian power outlet

Differing voltages and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 4S when you are going to Macedonia.If travelling to Macedonia the following instructions show how to charge the iPhone 4S using the standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When visiting Macedonia from another country please check your iPhone 4S can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Macedonia

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Macedonia?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4S in Macedonia by using the correct power convertor.

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

When travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Macedonia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of plug sockets that Macedonians use (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPhone 4S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPhone 4S at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel to Macedonia we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Macedonia

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4S, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Macedonia 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Macedonia using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 Macedonia.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 4S in Macedonia?

Powering the iPhone 4S with a Macedonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 4S with a Macedonian power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 4S from the Macedonian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone 4S.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two circular holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin 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. Switch on the Macedonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is charging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Macedonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 4S with a Macedonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using the Apple 30-pin cable with a two pin Type F USB charger to power the iPhone 4S with a Macedonian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 4S from a Macedonian power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the Macedonian power outlet. The sunken round power outlet (known as the Schuko outlet) can be identified by the two adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go along with a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Macedonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is powering up, typically taking roughly one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Macedonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Macedonia - Macedonia country Wiki 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/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/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F 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