Charging the iPhone 4S when staying in Bolivia

The WikiConnections guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 4S from a Bolivian power outlet using the 30-pin Apple connector with a 3 pin Type A USB charger and how to power the iPhone 4S using a two pinned Type C power adapter.

Bolivian power outlet

Various frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPhone 4S . This page was written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 4S abroad.This page has step-by-step instructions demonstrating what you'll need to power your iPhone 4S when you're visiting Bolivia using their standard Type C or A 115 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power sockets change from region to region therefore we suggest reading the power supplies list for a full list of countries. If your iPhone 4S slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when visiting Bolivia from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't power up, check that the device is dual voltage (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. If you plan to visit a city like Santa Cruz de la Sierra read the Bolivia country page on wikipedia [1] for further details on visiting the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Bolivia

Can you use the iPhone 4S in Bolivia?

You can connect the iPhone 4S to a Bolivian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 4S and visiting multiple countries then the best travel power adapter for Bolivia is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Bolivians use two different standards of plug sockets (types C and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 4S supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for a versatile power charger of this nature online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Bolivia

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 the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Bolivia 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 option for travellers originating from North America visiting Bolivia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Bolivia.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 4S in Bolivia?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Bolivian power outlet

The WikiConnections guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 4S from a Bolivian power outlet using the 30-pin Apple connector with a 3 pin Type A USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 4S from the Bolivian power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple will usually include the cable when you buy the iPhone 4S.
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise the wall supply by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the 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 Bolivian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 4S will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Bolivian power outlet

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Bolivian power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to power your iPhone 4S with a Bolivian power outlet with a 30-pin connector and a Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 4S using the Bolivian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - normally already supplied with your iPhone 4S by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the Bolivian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by two circular holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in 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. Switch on the Bolivian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Bolivian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolivia - Bolivia country page on wikipedia
  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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C 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