How to charge the iPhone 4S in Taiwan

The Wiki Connections page on how to power your iPhone 4S from a Taiwanese power outlet with an Apple 30-pin cable with a 3 pinned Type A USB adapter and how to recharge the iPhone 4S using a Type B power charger.

Taiwanese power outlet

Differing region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country, especially for the first time traveller. This page has instructions showing exactly how to power the iPhone 4S when you are in Taiwan by using the standard types B or A Taiwanese 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets, a majority of Taiwanese use Type B sockets in their power outlets. Most power supplies change depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore please read the WikiConnections global power connections list where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different destinations. If your iPhone 4S charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Taiwan from another region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your device is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage 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 Taiwan

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Taiwan?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4S in Taiwan.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 4S in Taiwan?

If travelling with more than your iPhone 4S and visiting more than one country then the best international travel power adapter for Taiwan to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Taiwanese use two different types of wall outlets (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included plugs over. If your model of iPhone 4S can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers for your Taiwanese trip or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for charging your iPhone 4S at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this online - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Taiwan

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Taiwan 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to Taiwan using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Taiwan.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 4S in Taiwan?

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

The Wiki Connections page on how to power your iPhone 4S from a Taiwanese power outlet with an Apple 30-pin cable with a 3 pinned Type A USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 4S from the Taiwanese power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 4S.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 adjacent slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the power 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 Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging which should take roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Taiwanese power outlet

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

Using an Apple USB 30-pin cable with a 3 pinned Type B USB charger to recharge your iPhone 4S from a Taiwanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 4S from the Taiwanese power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is typically included with your device).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the Taiwanese power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 slots parallel to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet blades go with a hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB 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. Turn on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 4S will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is recharging and takes between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 4S from a Taiwanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan - Taiwanese Wikipedia 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/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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters