Charging your iPhone 4S from a power outlet in Hong Kong

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

Hong Kong power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This guide has been written to help prepare travellers wanting to power their iPhone 4S when they are travelling to Hong Kong.This page is a useful guide showing you exactly what you'll need to charge the iPhone 4S when you're travelling to Hong Kong using a standard 220 volt 50Hz G Type Hong Kong wall outlet, with the Hong Kongese using 13 amp plugs for charging. Most power changes depending on which area you are in so please read the power supplies and Asia page for a full list of regions and countries. When you are visiting Hong Kong from another country make sure that the iPhone 4S can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v double check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Hong Kong

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Hong Kong?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 4S to a Hong Kong power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4S in Hong Kong?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 4S then the best travel charger for Hong Kong is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 4S can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Hong Kong we suggest buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer; the power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different 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 4S, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Hong Kong.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi only has 2 USB charging ports but offers a generous 6 AC outlets. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, B, E, F, G and I making it perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Hong Kong.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4S in Hong Kong?

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

Using the 30-pin Apple cable with a Type G power adapter to power your iPhone 4S with a Hong Kong power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 4S from a Hong Kong power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should normally supply this USB cable with the iPhone 4S.
  2. First insert the Type G USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the three holes with shutters in a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the cord 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 Hong Kong power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears 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 which should take between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Hong Kong power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong - Hong Kong country Wiki 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