How to charge your iPhone 4 from a power outlet in Benin

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 4 from a Beninese power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a two pinned Type C USB adapter and recharging the iPhone 4 using a Type E power charger.

Beninese power outlet

Various voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning on travelling to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This page has useful instructions demonstrating exactly how to charge your iPhone 4 when you're travelling to Benin by using their E or C type 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Power sources are different depending on which area you visiting therefore please read the Wiki Connections world power supplies page where you'll find a complete list of regions and countries. If travelling to Benin from a different region check your iPhone 4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating when powering up. If you plan on staying at a Beninese place such as Cotonou or Abomey-Calavi read the Benin Wikipedia web page [1] for further details prior to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Benin

Can the iPhone 4 be used in Benin?

You can connect the iPhone 4 to a Beninese power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Benin?

If travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Benin is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Beninois use two different types of plug sockets (types E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads. If your iPhone 4 supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Benin

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Benin and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Benin using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one 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 Benin.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Benin?

Powering the iPhone 4 with a Beninese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 4 from a Beninese power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a two pinned Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 4 using a Beninese power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is typically included with your device).
  2. Begin by inserting 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 two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Turn on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 4 will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Beninese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 4 from a Beninese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 4 with a Beninese power outlet with an Apple 30 pin connector and a Type E USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 4 from a Beninese power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically supply this cable with your iPhone 4).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by two round holes 19mm adjacent to each other and one metal grounding pin protruding from the top forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Turn on the Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is charging which takes around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 4 from a Beninese power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin - Benin 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/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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters