Charging the iPhone 4S when visiting Poland

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 4S with a Polish power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a Type C power charger and powering the iPhone 4S using a Type E power adapter.

Polish power outlet

If packing for a vacation to Poland it's useful to know in advance if you can use all your electronics such as cell phones or laptop computers when you get to your hotel. Without knowing which power socket is used in Poland you could bring the wrong power adaptor, meaning having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there. 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 Poland.If travelling to Poland the following instructions show how to charge the iPhone 4S using the standard Type E or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type E wall outlets will be normally used by most Poles. When travelling to Poland from another country check the iPhone 4S can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check your iPhone 4S is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Poland

Can you use the iPhone 4S in Poland?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 4S to a Polish power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 4S in Poland?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 4S then the best travel charger for Poland to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Poles use two different standards of wall outlets (E and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the plugs over. If your iPhone 4S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Poland

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, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Poland 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 portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Poland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Poland.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 4S in Poland?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Polish power outlet

Using an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a two pinned Type C power charger to charge the iPhone 4S from a Polish power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 4S from a Polish power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with your device by Apple).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Polish power outlet. This unearthed wall outlet, sometimes called a Type C power outlet [3], is identified by two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the 30 pin cable into the 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 Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is powering up taking between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Polish power outlet

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

Simple instructions showing you how to recharge your iPhone 4S from a Polish power outlet by using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type E power charger.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 4S using a Polish power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone 4S).
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type E USB power adapter in the Polish power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go and one long metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Polish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 4S will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging and takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Polish power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poland - wikipedia web page about Poland
  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