Charging the iPhone 4S when planning a trip to New Zealand

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type I power adapter to recharge your iPhone 4S with a New Zealand power outlet.

New Zealand power outlet

Varying complicated region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to purchase in advance to power your iPhone 4S . These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 4S when staying abroad.This page has simple instructions demonstrating how to charge your iPhone 4S when going to New Zealand using the 230 volt 50Hz Type I wall outlet, the New Zealanders will use a special AS/NZS 3112 plug for wall outlets. When travelling to New Zealand from a different country please check the iPhone 4S can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 4S was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure that your iPhone 4S is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. If you plan to stay somewhere such as Auckland we also suggest reading the New Zealand country wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in New Zealand

Can you use the iPhone 4S in New Zealand?

You can use the iPhone 4S in New Zealand by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 4S in New Zealand?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 4S then the best travel charger for New Zealand to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to 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 demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your New Zealand trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also 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 you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to New Zealand we suggest searching for a flexible travel charger like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for New Zealand

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both New Zealand and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to New Zealand.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting New Zealand.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 4S in New Zealand?

How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a New Zealand power outlet

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type I USB charger to charge your iPhone 4S with a New Zealand power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 4S using a New Zealand power outlet you'll need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type I USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the three slots forming a triangle pattern with a single vertical pin at the base and the top two slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB 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 New Zealand power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a New Zealand power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand - New Zealand country 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/typeI.htm - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type I 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters