How to charge the iPhone 4S from a power outlet in Puerto Rico

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 4S with a Puerto Rican power outlet by using the Apple 30 pin cable with a 3 pinned Type A power charger and how to recharge the iPhone 4S using a Type B USB adapter.

Puerto Rican power outlet

Differing combinations of standards and plugs can often be confusing when planning to stay in another country, especially for the first time traveller. If you're visiting Puerto Rico this page contains instructions showing you how to charge the iPhone 4S using their B or A type 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, please be aware that Type B wall outlets will be typically used by a majority of Puerto Ricans. Most power supplies will vary depending on which country you're taking a trip to therefore please read the WikiConnections travel power connections list for a full list showing charging devices in different regions. If your iPhone 4S does not power up or charges slowly when you are travelling to Puerto Rico from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Puerto Rico

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Puerto Rico?

You can connect the iPhone 4S to a Puerto Rican power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4S in Puerto Rico?

If travelling to multiple countries or bringing along more than just your iPhone 4S the best travel charger for Puerto Rico is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Puerto Ricans use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your iPhone 4S supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Puerto Rico. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling to different continents we recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Puerto Rico

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Puerto Rico.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Puerto Rico.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4S in Puerto Rico?

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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 4S with a Puerto Rican power outlet by using the Apple 30 pin cable with a 3 pinned Type A power charger.

  1. To power your iPhone 4S from the Puerto Rican power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include this cable when you first purchase the iPhone 4S.
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the Puerto Rican power outlet. This unearthed wall supply, sometimes called a Type A power outlet [3], is recognised by two thin slots adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cord into the 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 Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 4S will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Puerto Rican power outlet

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

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a three pin Type B USB adapter to charge the iPhone 4S with a Puerto Rican power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 4S from the Puerto Rican 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 usually supply this cable with your iPhone 4S).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the Puerto Rican power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 slots next to each other where the short live and neutral plug outlet blades go with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Plug in 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. Switch on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging which typically takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Puerto Rican power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rico - Wikipedia page about Puerto Rico
  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