Charging the iPhone 4S when planning a trip to Costa Rica

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your iPhone 4S with a Costa Rican power outlet using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type A power adapter and powering the iPhone 4S using a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

Costa Rican power outlet

Varying different voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to prepare travellers wanting to power the iPhone 4S abroad.If visiting Costa Rica this page has instructions showing you powering the iPhone 4S by using their standard B or A type Costa Rican 120 volt 60Hz power outlets, most Costa Ricans normally use Type B plugs in their wall outlets. If the iPhone 4S does not power up or charges slowly when visiting Costa Rica from a different region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your iPhone 4S is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Costa Rica

Can you use the iPhone 4S in Costa Rica?

You can use the iPhone 4S in Costa Rica by using a power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling to more than one country then the best travel charger for Costa Rica to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of plug sockets in Costa Rica (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 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 (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Costa Rican trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Costa Rica

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 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 travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Costa Rica using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 and offers practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 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 Costa Rica.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 4S in Costa Rica?

Powering the iPhone 4S with a Costa Rican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your iPhone 4S with a Costa Rican power outlet using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type A power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 4S from a Costa Rican power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPhone 4S).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the two adjacent slots for live and neutral blades.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the 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 Costa Rican 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 one-four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Costa Rican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 4S with a Costa Rican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your iPhone 4S with a Costa Rican power outlet using a 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 4S from a Costa Rican power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPhone 4S).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 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. Turn on the Costa Rican 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 which takes roughly one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Costa Rican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Rica - Costa Rican country entry on wikipedia
  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/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A 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/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B 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