How to charge the iPhone 4S in Tuvalu

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

Tuvaluan power outlet

Differing combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning on visiting a new country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPhone 4S . These instructions have been written to help prepare visitors wanting to power the iPhone 4S abroad.If you're travelling to Tuvalu this page contains useful instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone 4S by using the 220 volt 50Hz I Type Tuvaluan plug outlet. You will find power sockets differ depending on which country you are travelling to therefore we suggest reading the Oceania page for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Tuvalu from a different region please make sure that your iPhone 4S can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check your iPhone 4S is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you intend on visiting a Tuvaluan destination such as Vaiaku or Asau we suggest reading the Tuvaluan Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth information on travelling to the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Tuvalu

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Tuvalu?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4S in Tuvalu.

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

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 4S then the best travel adapter for Tuvalu to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. 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 Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPhone 4S can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tuvalu

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing 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 regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Tuvalu and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Tuvalu using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Tuvalu.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4S in Tuvalu?

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

Using a 30 pin cable and a three pinned Type I power charger to charge the iPhone 4S from a Tuvaluan power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 4S using a Tuvaluan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is typically supplied with the device).
  2. Start by taking the Type I USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by three thin slots in an upside-down triangular shape with the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the 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 Tuvaluan 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 phone is powering up taking between one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Tuvaluan power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuvalu - Tuvaluan Wikipedia web 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