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

Instructions on how to power your iPhone 4S from a Brazilian power outlet with a 30 pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter and recharging the iPhone 4S using a Type N power charger.

Brazilian power outlet

Brazil uses 2 different types of voltage depending on the location - both 127 volts and 240 volts. Always ensure that you familiarise yourself with the voltage of the outlet prior to using any electrical appliance in a Brazilian power outlet. Instructions on this page assume that you understand which voltage you will be using, however the safest option is always to use a dual voltage device or appliance.

Differing combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were specifically written to help prepare people wanting to charge their iPhone 4S when they're going to Brazil.If you are visiting Brazil this page contains instructions showing how to power the iPhone 4S using their N or C type Brazilian 60Hz wall outlets, please note that Type N plug outlets are used by most Brazilians. If the iPhone 4S slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Brazil from a different region please check that it is compatible with a Brazilian power supply. Typically devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your iPhone 4S is a dual voltage device (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise 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 Brazil

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Brazil?

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

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

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Brazil to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of wall outlets in Brazil (types N and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 4S supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to Brazil. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for charging your iPhone 4S at an airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Brazil

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Brazil.
  • 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 originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Brazil.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4S in Brazil?

Charging the iPhone 4S from a Brazilian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions on how to power your iPhone 4S from a Brazilian power outlet with a 30 pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 4S from a Brazilian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include this cable when you first purchase your iPhone 4S.
  2. Firstly insert the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go. Prior to 2010 buildings may be installed with this power supply.
  3. Then connect one end of the cable into the power 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 Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 4S will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 4S from a Brazilian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 4S from a Brazilian power outlet with a 30 pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 4S using a Brazilian power outlet you will need a Type N USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply this cable with your iPhone 4S.
  2. Plug the Type N USB power adapter in the Brazilian power outlet. The flattened hexagon shaped power supply, sometimes called a Type N power outlet [6], looks like three holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins. Please note that since 2010 buildings will be installed with this power supply.
  3. Then connect one end of the cable into the power 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 Brazilian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 4S will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Brazilian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil - Brazilian 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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C 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/typeN.htm - Type N power outlet
  7. Type N USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type N 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