Charging the iPhone 4 when planning a trip to Botswana

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type M USB charger to recharge your iPhone 4 with a Botswana power outlet, how to power the iPhone 4 using a 3 pin Type G power adapter and how to power the iPhone 4 using a 3 pin Type D power adapter

Botswana power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. This page contains instructions telling you how to supply power to the iPhone 4 when you're visiting Botswana using the standard Type G, D or M Botswana 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Most power changes from region to region therefore we suggest reading the Africa page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Botswana from a different country please check that the iPhone 4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 4 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure that your iPhone 4 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from over-heating when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Botswana

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Botswana?

You can use the iPhone 4 in Botswana by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 4 in Botswana?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 4 then the best travel charger for Botswana to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Batswana use three different types of power outlets (types G, D and M) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type G. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 4 is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Botswana trip or using up additional power sockets. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone 4 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying a multipurpose travel charger like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Botswana

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Botswana 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 option for travellers originating from America going to Botswana 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 travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 Botswana.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 4 in Botswana?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Botswana power outlet

Using a 30-pin connector with a Type G USB charger to charge your iPhone 4 with a Botswana power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 4 using the Botswana power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in 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 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Turn on the Botswana power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Botswana power outlet

Charging the iPhone 4 from a Botswana power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using a 30-pin connector with a Type D USB charger to charge your iPhone 4 with a Botswana power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 4 from the Botswana power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPhone 4).
  2. Plug the Type D USB power adapter into the power outlet. The power outlet (sometimes called the Type D power outlet [6]) can be recognised by 3 round holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in 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 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Turn on the Botswana power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 4 from a Botswana power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Botswana power outlet

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type M USB charger to recharge your iPhone 4 with a Botswana power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 4 using the Botswana power outlet you will need to use a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type M USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The wall outlet (technically called the Type M power outlet [8]) can be recognised by three circular holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. 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 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Turn on the Botswana power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Botswana power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botswana - Botswana page 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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M 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