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

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power your iPhone 4S with a Filipino power outlet by using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a Type B power adapter, powering the iPhone 4S using a Type A USB adapter and how to recharge the iPhone 4S using a two pinned Type C USB plug

Filipino power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 4S when you're in The Philippines.If you're planning a vacation to The Philippines this page has useful instructions showing how to power the iPhone 4S using their standard types C, A or B Filipino 220 volt 60Hz power outlets, you will find most Filipinos use Type C plug outlets. If travelling to The Philippines from another region check your iPhone 4S can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure the iPhone 4S is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from over-heating when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in The Philippines

Can you use the iPhone 4S in The Philippines?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4S in The Philippines by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 4S in The Philippines?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 4S and visiting more than one country then the best international travel charger for The Philippines is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three types of power outlets in The Philippines (types C, A and B) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPhone 4S is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single international travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and convenient for charging your iPhone 4S at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for The Philippines

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both The Philippines and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK 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 going to The Philippines.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting The Philippines.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 4S in The Philippines?

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

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge the iPhone 4S with a Filipino power outlet with a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type A power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 4S from a Filipino 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 supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone 4S.
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter in the Filipino power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other where the pins go. Please be aware power cords used with type A sockets which are rated at 125 volts should not be used so please check prior to proceeding.
  3. Then connect one end of the cable into 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. Switch on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 4S will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Filipino power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Filipino power outlet

The Wiki Connections page on how to recharge the iPhone 4S with a Filipino power outlet with a USB 30-pin cable with a Type B USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 4S using a Filipino power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 4S.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the Filipino power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the short twin blades sit with a single hole below for the slightly longer ground pin. Please be aware that power cords used with type B sockets which are rated at 125 V should not be used so please check first.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord 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. Turn on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Filipino power outlet

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

Using a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPhone 4S from a Filipino power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 4S from the Filipino power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include the cable with your iPhone 4S).
  2. First plug the Type C USB power adapter into the Filipino power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 2 circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cord into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Filipino power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is recharging which should take around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 4S from a Filipino power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines - The Philippines country entry on Wikipedia.org
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  10. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters