How to charge the iPhone 4S when staying in Colombia

A guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 4S with a Colombian power outlet with an Apple 30 pin cable with a 3 pinned Type A USB adapter and how to recharge the iPhone 4S using a Type B power charger.

Colombian power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. This page has been specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 4S when abroad.If you're going to travel to Colombia the following instructions show charging your iPhone 4S using their Type B or A Colombian 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If the iPhone 4S slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Colombia from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the iPhone 4S is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Colombia

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Colombia?

You can connect the iPhone 4S to a Colombian power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 4S then the best international travel power adapter for Colombia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Colombians use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 4S can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPhone 4S at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online - the power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Colombia

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4S, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Colombia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 Colombia using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Colombia.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 4S in Colombia?

Charging the iPhone 4S from a Colombian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

A guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 4S with a Colombian power outlet with an Apple 30 pin cable with a 3 pinned Type A USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 4S using a Colombian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 4S).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the Colombian power outlet. The plug outlet (called a Type A power outlet [3]) can be identified by two thin slots adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB 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. Switch on the Colombian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 4S from a Colombian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 4S from a Colombian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 4S using a Colombian power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should typically supply the USB cable with your iPhone 4S.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the Colombian power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type B power outlet [6]) can be identified by two thin slots with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cord 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 Colombian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging and takes between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Colombian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombia - wikipedia.org page about Colombia
  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/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B 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