Charging the iPhone when planning a trip to Burundi

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type C USB charger to recharge your iPhone with a Burundian power outlet and recharging the iPhone using a 2 pin Type E power charger.

Burundian power outlet

Differing combinations of frequencies and standards can all lead to confusion when planning to visit a new country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your iPhone . These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone when you're visiting abroad.This page contains useful instructions demonstrating how to supply power to the iPhone when you're travelling to Burundi using the types E or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power changes regionally therefore we suggest reading the Africa page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Burundi from a different country please check the iPhone can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it.

This page details the iPhone first generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for the full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Burundi

Can you use the iPhone in Burundi?

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

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone in Burundi?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone then the best travel charger for Burundi to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Burundians use two different types of power outlets (types E and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPhone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters and 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 Burundian trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home as well as 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 an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Burundi

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Burundi 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 Burundi 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 just one less AC outlet at 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Burundi. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone in Burundi?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Burundian power outlet

Using a 30-pin connector with a Type C USB charger to recharge your iPhone with a Burundian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone using the Burundian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPhone.
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB charger 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 Burundian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Burundian power outlet

Charging the iPhone from a Burundian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using a 30-pin connector with a Type E USB charger to charge your iPhone with a Burundian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone from a Burundian power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPhone).
  2. Plug the Type E USB power adapter into the Burundian power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two large holes 19mm adjacent to each other plus one long metal grounding pin protruding the top to form a triangle shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains 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 Burundian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging taking around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Charging the iPhone from a Burundian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org web page about Burundi
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, estimated cost under $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).