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

Using an Apple 30 pin connector and a two pin Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 4S from an Afghan power outlet and how to recharge the iPhone 4S using a two pinned Type F USB charger.

Afghan power outlet

Complicated voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide has been written to stop visitors needing to worry if they can power the iPhone 4S when they are staying abroad.This page contains a useful guide showing you exactly how to power the iPhone 4S when you are travelling to Afghanistan by using their F or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are travelling to Afghanistan from another country please ensure the iPhone 4S can be used with a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you plan to visit an Afghan place such as Kabul or Kandahar refer to the wikipedia.org page about Afghanistan [1] for further details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Afghanistan

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Afghanistan?

You can connect the iPhone 4S to an Afghan power outlet.

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

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Afghanistan to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Afghans use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your iPhone 4S is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your Afghan trip or occupying additional power outlets. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your iPhone 4S at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a flexible power charger similar to this online, the power charger illustrated here 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 Afghanistan

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4S, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Afghanistan.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Afghanistan.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 4S in Afghanistan?

Charging the iPhone 4S 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 recharge your iPhone 4S from an Afghan power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 4S from an Afghan power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPhone 4S.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Afghan power outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains 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 Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 4S will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 4S from an Afghan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

Using the Apple 30 pin cable with a Type F power adapter to charge the iPhone 4S with an Afghan power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 4S 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 this cable with your iPhone 4S.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the power supply. You can recognise the power supply by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes and two thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of 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 Afghan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4S with an Afghan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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