Charging the iPhone 4S when planning a trip to Russia

Using a 30-pin connector with a Type C USB charger to charge your iPhone 4S with a Russian power outlet and charging the iPhone 4S using a Type F USB plug.

Russian power outlet

Varying different voltages and region codes can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your iPhone 4S . This page contains instructions telling you how to supply power to the iPhone 4S when you're travelling to Russia using the standard Type F or C Russian 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note Type F power outlets will be used by a majority of Russians. If you are visiting Russia from another country ensure that your iPhone 4S can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your iPhone 4S is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from over-heating when powering up. If you intend to stay in a tourist destination such as Moscow or Nizhny Novgorod we also suggest reading the Russia Wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Russia

Can you use the iPhone 4S in Russia?

You can use the iPhone 4S in Russia.

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

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 4S or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Russia is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of power outlets that Russians use (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPhone 4S can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Russian trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Russia

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Russia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Russia using 3 pin type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs. This gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Russia.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 4S in Russia?

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

Using a 30-pin connector with a Type C USB charger to charge your iPhone 4S with a Russian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 4S using the Russian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Russian power outlet. The power outlet is identified by the 2 circular adjacent holes where the plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable into the bottom of 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. Turn on the Russian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 4S screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Russian power outlet

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Russian power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 4S from a Russian power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type F USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 4S using the Russian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically supplied with your iPhone 4S.
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The circular wall outlet (sometimes called the Schuko plug or Type F power outlet [6]) can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins, plus two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin 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. Turn on the Russian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging taking around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Russian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia - Russia Wikipedia 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