How to charge the iPhone 4S when planning a trip to Burkina Faso

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 4S with a Burkinabe power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type C power adapter and how to charge the iPhone 4S using a two pinned Type E power plug.

Burkinabe power outlet

Varying different region codes and sockets can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to charge the iPhone 4S . This page contains a step by step guide showing how to power the iPhone 4S when you're travelling to Burkina Faso by using the Type E or C Burkinabe 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If travelling to Burkina Faso from a different region make sure the iPhone 4S can accept a 240v supply. If your iPhone 4S originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check the iPhone 4S is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from overheating when charging it. If you are planning to visit a city like Ouagadougou we recommend reading the wikipedia.org entry about Burkina Faso [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Burkina Faso

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Burkina Faso?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4S in Burkina Faso by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 4S in Burkina Faso?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 4S then the best travel adapter for Burkina Faso to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Burkinabe use two different standards of wall outlets (E and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPhone 4S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPhone 4S at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Burkina Faso

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Burkina Faso using type B American 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Burkina Faso.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 4S in Burkina Faso?

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

Using an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a two pinned Type C power charger to recharge the iPhone 4S from a Burkinabe power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 4S from the Burkinabe power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone 4S.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise this power outlet by the 2 round adjacent holes.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord 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. Switch on the Burkinabe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 4S will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging taking around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Burkinabe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 4S from a Burkinabe power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type E USB charger to recharge the iPhone 4S with a Burkinabe power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 4S using the Burkinabe power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type E USB power adapter in the Burkinabe power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go along with one long metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the mains USB 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. Switch on the Burkinabe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 4S will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 4S from a Burkinabe power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burkina_Faso - wikipedia.org entry about Burkina Faso
  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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E 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