How to charge your iPhone 4 from a power outlet in Afghanistan

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power your iPhone 4 from an Afghan power outlet by using a 30 pin cable with a Type C power charger and how to recharge the iPhone 4 using a two pinned Type F USB adapter.

Afghan power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in another country if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 4 abroad.These step-by-step instructions tells you exactly how to power the iPhone 4 when you're in Afghanistan by using their F or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are visiting Afghanistan from another region please ensure that the iPhone 4 can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that 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 an Afghan destination like Kabul or Kandahar refer to the Afghanistan Wikipedia web page [1] for more information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Afghanistan

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Afghanistan?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4 in Afghanistan by using the correct power convertor.

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

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 4 the best travel charger for Afghanistan to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of plug sockets that Afghans use (types F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 4 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional support for 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 seperate travel adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Afghanistan

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Afghanistan 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 power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Afghanistan using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi only has 2 USB charging ports but offers 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Afghanistan.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 4 in Afghanistan?

Charging the iPhone 4 from an Afghan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using an Apple 30 pin connector and a two pin Type C USB adapter to charge the iPhone 4 from an Afghan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 4 using the Afghan power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPhone 4).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. This power outlet, sometimes known as the Europlug or Type C power outlet [3], is recognised by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the power charger 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. Turn on the Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 4 from an Afghan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 4 with an Afghan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 4 from an Afghan power outlet using the 30 pin Apple cable with a Type F power charger.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 4 using an Afghan power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPhone 4.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the Afghan power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by two round holes 19 mm next to each other and metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the charging 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 Afghan 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.
Powering the iPhone 4 with an Afghan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan - Afghanistan 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/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