Charging your iPhone 4S from a power outlet in Thailand

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge the iPhone 4S from a Thai power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type A USB charger, charging the iPhone 4S using a Type B power adapter and charging the iPhone 4S using a Type C power adapter

Thai power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. This page was specifically written to prepare travellers wanting to power their iPhone 4S abroad.This page has simple instructions demonstrating how to supply power to your iPhone 4S when visiting Thailand using the Type B, A or C Thai 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type B wall outlets are typically used by most Thai. If you are travelling to Thailand from a different region please check the iPhone 4S can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check that the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you're planning on taking a trip to destinations like Bangkok refer to the Thailand entry on wikipedia [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Thailand

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Thailand?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 4S to a Thai power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 4S in Thailand?

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 4S the best international travel charger for Thailand to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Thai use three different types of power outlets (types B, A and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 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 type of iPhone 4S supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 4S at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Thailand we recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Thailand

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] 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 wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come supplied 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Thailand using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Thailand.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 4S in Thailand?

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

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge the iPhone 4S from a Thai power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type A USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 4S from a Thai power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the Thai power outlet. The power supply (sometimes called the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by 2 thin slots next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cable 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 Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking around 60-240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Thai power outlet

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

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector and a 3 pin Type B power charger to charge your iPhone 4S with a Thai power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 4S from a Thai power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the Thai power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two slots for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the earthed pin.
  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. Turn on the Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Thai power outlet

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

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector and a 2 pin Type C power charger to charge your iPhone 4S with a Thai power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 4S using the Thai power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPhone 4S by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet is identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Thai power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Thai power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand - Thailand entry on wikipedia
  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