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

Instructions on how to charge the iPhone 4S from an Austrian power outlet using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type C USB adapter and charging the iPhone 4S using a Type F power adapter.

Austrian power outlet

If packing for a vacation to Austria it's useful to know in advance if you can use all your vital electronics like cell phones and laptop computers when you're there. By not knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore having to purchase a suitable charger on arrival. Complicated voltages and plugs can all be confusing when planning on visiting another country to the first time traveller. When you're visiting Austria these instructions show how to power the iPhone 4S using the standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type F power outlets will be typically used by a majority of Austrians. When you are visiting Austria from another region please make sure that your iPhone 4S can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Austria

Can you use the iPhone 4S in Austria?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 4S to an Austrian power outlet.

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

When travelling to more than one country the best international travel charger for Austria is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of power outlets in Austria (types F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 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 model of iPhone 4S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 4S at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Austria

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Austria 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 North America visiting Austria 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 and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Austria.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 4S in Austria?

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

Instructions on how to charge the iPhone 4S from an Austrian power outlet using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 4S from the Austrian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 4S).
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. The plug supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the 2 holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins sit.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into 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. Switch on the Austrian 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 recharging which should take around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4S with an Austrian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a 2 pinned Type F power charger to recharge the iPhone 4S with an Austrian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 4S using the Austrian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 4S.
  2. Plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. This sunken circular plug supply can be identified by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral pins sit and two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into 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. Turn on the Austrian 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 which typically takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4S with an Austrian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austria - Austria Wikipedia web 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