How to charge the iPhone 4S when visiting Haiti

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type A USB charger to power the iPhone 4S with a Haitian power outlet and charging the iPhone 4S using a three pin Type B USB charger.

Haitian power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to charge the iPhone 4S . This page was written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they can charge their iPhone 4S when they are staying in Haiti.This page contains instructions which shows exactly what you'll need to charge the iPhone 4S when going to Haiti by using the Type B or A Haitian 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type B power outlets are typically used by a majority of Haitians. If your iPhone 4S charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Haiti from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't power up, check the iPhone 4S is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. If you intend to visit a Haitian city such as Port-au-Prince we recommend reading the Haitian country entry on wikipedia.org [1] for more indepth information on travelling to the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Haiti

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Haiti?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4S in Haiti by using a power convertor.

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

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Haiti is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Haitians use two different standards of power outlets (B and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of 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 switching the heads over. If your iPhone 4S supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters on your Haitian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Haiti

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Haiti and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Haiti.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Haiti.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4S in Haiti?

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

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type A USB charger to power the iPhone 4S with a Haitian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 4S using the Haitian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 4S.
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Haitian power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two thin adjacent slots next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord 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. Switch on the Haitian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Haitian power outlet

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

Using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type B power charger to charge the iPhone 4S from a Haitian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 4S using a Haitian power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone 4S.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the Haitian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet blades go with a single semicircular hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin 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 Haitian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up which typically takes between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Haitian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiti - Haitian country entry on wikipedia.org
  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