How to charge your iPhone 4 from a power outlet in Hong Kong

How to connect a Hong Kong power outlet to the iPhone 4

Hong Kong power outlet

If organizing a holiday it can be useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use all your important electrical devices when you're there. But, by not knowing which power socket is being used in Hong Kong you could bring the wrong adaptor, therefore having to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive. Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide was specifically written to prevent visitors needing to worry if they'll be able to power the iPhone 4 when they're travelling abroad.This page contains a useful guide demonstrating exactly how to power the iPhone 4 when you are visiting Hong Kong using their 220 volt 50Hz G Type Hong Kong wall outlet, the Hongkongers will use 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. When you are visiting Hong Kong from a different country please ensure that the iPhone 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure the iPhone 4 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. If you intend to visit a Hong Kong destination like Kowloon or Victoria refer to the Hong Kong Wikipedia web page [1] for further details prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Hong Kong

Can the iPhone 4 be used in Hong Kong?

You can connect the iPhone 4 to a Hong Kong power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 4 in Hong Kong?

When you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than just your iPhone 4 the best travel adapter for Hong Kong to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your model of iPhone 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Hong Kong

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 Hong Kong.
  • 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 much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for 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 Hong Kong.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 4 in Hong Kong?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Hong Kong power outlet

Using a 30 pin cable with a Type G power adapter to charge the iPhone 4 with a Hong Kong power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 4 from the Hong Kong power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this cable is typically included with your iPhone 4 by Apple.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the Hong Kong power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by the 3 holes containing plastic shutters in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the USB mains adapter 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. Switch on the Hong Kong power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is recharging taking roughly one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Hong Kong power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong - Hong Kong 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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters