Charging the iPhone 4S when planning a trip to Tonga

How to connect a Tongan power outlet to the iPhone 4S

Tongan power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your iPhone 4S . This page contains a guide demonstrating exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone 4S when travelling to Tonga using the 240 volt 50Hz Type I wall outlet. If you are travelling to Tonga from another region make sure that the iPhone 4S can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 4S was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from over-heating when powering up. If you plan to stay in a destination such as Nuku?alofa we suggest reading the Tongan 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 Tonga

Can you use the iPhone 4S in Tonga?

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

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

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 4S or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Tonga is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 4S is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. By only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Tonga

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 are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Tonga 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 Tonga.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 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 Tonga.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 4S in Tonga?

Powering the iPhone 4S with a Tongan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type I USB charger to charge your iPhone 4S with a Tongan power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 4S from a Tongan 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 your iPhone 4S).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type I USB power adapter into the wall supply. The power supply, technically called the Type I power outlet [3], can be identified by the 3 thin slots in 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 Tongan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Tongan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonga - Tongan 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