Charging the iPhone from a power outlet in Afghanistan

Using a 30-pin connector and a Type C USB charger to recharge the iPhone from an Afghan power outlet and powering the iPhone using a Type F USB plug.

Afghan power outlet

Varying different standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country especially for the first time traveller. If you are visiting Afghanistan the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the iPhone using the F or C type Afghan 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If visiting Afghanistan from a different country please make sure your iPhone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it up.

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Charging the iPhone in Afghanistan

Can the iPhone be used in Afghanistan?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone to an Afghan power outlet by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone in Afghanistan?

When you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your iPhone then the best international travel adapter for Afghanistan to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Afghans use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your model of iPhone is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, and compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel adapters. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPhone at the airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Afghanistan

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors 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 can be crucial when visiting counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Afghanistan and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Afghanistan.
  • 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 offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 Afghanistan.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone in Afghanistan?

Powering the iPhone with an Afghan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a 30 pin connector and a Type C USB adapter to power the iPhone with an Afghan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone from an Afghan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPhone).
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the cord into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone with an Afghan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPhone with an Afghan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Learn how to power the iPhone from an Afghan power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a two pinned Type F power adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone using the Afghan power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this USB cable is typically supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this power outlet by two large round adjacent holes where the twin pins go, plus a pair of thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone with an Afghan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan - Afghan Wikipedia web page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/0/MA616/en_US/iPhone_iOS3.1_User_Guide.pdf - The original iPhone product manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C 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/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F 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