Charging the iPhone 4S when staying in Guatemala

The WikiConnections guide on how to charge the iPhone 4S from a Guatemalan power outlet by using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type A power adapter and how to power the iPhone 4S using a Type B power adapter.

Guatemalan power outlet

Varying complicated frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 4S abroad.This step-by-step guide will show exactly how to supply power to your iPhone 4S when staying in Guatemala by using their types B or A 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If your iPhone 4S does not power up or charges slowly when you are visiting Guatemala from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) can take longer to charge or won't power up, check the device is dual-voltage (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power 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 Guatemala

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Guatemala?

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

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

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 4S and visiting more than one country then the best travel power adapter for Guatemala is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of wall outlets in Guatemala (B and A) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your model of iPhone 4S is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, and compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single plug socket.

If you travel to Guatemala we recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Guatemala

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Guatemala 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 best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Guatemala.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Guatemala.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 4S in Guatemala?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Guatemalan power outlet

Using a 30 pin cable and a Type A USB adapter to power your iPhone 4S with a Guatemalan power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 4S from the Guatemalan power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the cable is normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type A USB power adapter into the power supply. The wall outlet, technically called a Type A power outlet [3], can be identified by the two slots adjacent to each other where the two pins sit.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 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 Guatemalan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone 4S screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is powering up which takes between one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Guatemalan power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Guatemalan power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 4S from a Guatemalan power outlet with a 30 pin cable and a Type B USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 4S from the Guatemalan power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by the 2 thin slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Connect one end of the power cable into 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 Guatemalan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 4S will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Guatemalan power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemala - Guatemala 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/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