Charging your iPhone 4S from a power outlet in Ecuador

Using an Apple USB 30 pin connector with a two pinned Type A power adapter to power the iPhone 4S with an Ecuadorian power outlet and powering the iPhone 4S using a 3 pin Type B power charger.

Ecuadorian power outlet

Varying complicated region codes and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to help assist people wanting to power the iPhone 4S when they are abroad.When you are visiting Ecuador this page has instructions showing you charging the iPhone 4S using the types B or A 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. Power sockets will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so we recommend reading the power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. If the iPhone 4S doesn't power up or recharges slowly when travelling to Ecuador from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your iPhone 4S is dual-voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Ecuador

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Ecuador?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 4S to an Ecuadorian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

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

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 4S the best international travel adapter for Ecuador to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Ecuadorians use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your model of iPhone 4S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy individual travel chargers on your Ecuadorian trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 4S at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Ecuador we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Ecuador

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Ecuador and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Ecuador.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically 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 a generous 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 Ecuador.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 4S in Ecuador?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from an Ecuadorian power outlet

Using an Apple USB 30 pin connector with a two pinned Type A power adapter to power the iPhone 4S with an Ecuadorian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 4S from an Ecuadorian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by the two adjacent slots for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains 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 Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 4S screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from an Ecuadorian power outlet

Charging the iPhone 4S from an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Simple instructions showing you how to power the iPhone 4S from an Ecuadorian power outlet using a 30-pin Apple cable with a Type B USB adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 4S from an Ecuadorian power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. This plug supply (sometimes called the Type B power outlet [6]) is recognised by 2 thin slots next to each other where the live and neutral blades go with a semicircle hole below for the slightly long grounded pin.
  3. Connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of 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 Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which should take roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 4S from an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuador - Wikipedia.org entry about Ecuador
  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