Charging the iPhone 4S when staying in Burundi

The WikiConnections guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 4S from a Burundian power outlet using the 30-pin Apple connector with a 2 pin Type C USB charger and charging the iPhone 4S using a two pin Type E power plug.

Burundian power outlet

Complicated combinations of voltages and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country especially to the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 4S when you are travelling to Burundi.This page contains a step-by-step guide showing exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPhone 4S when you are in Burundi by using their types E or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. Power supplies will vary regionally therefore we suggest reading the list of World power supplies for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Burundi from another region please check your iPhone 4S can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 4S came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. If you intend on visiting a Burundian place such as Bujumbura we also recommend referring to the Burundian Wikipedia page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Burundi

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Burundi?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4S in Burundi.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4S in Burundi?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 4S the best international travel charger for Burundi to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Burundians use two different standards of plug sockets (types E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPhone 4S can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Burundian trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPhone 4S at the airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to different continents we recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Burundi

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Burundi and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Burundi.
  • 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 is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Burundi.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4S in Burundi?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Burundian power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to power your iPhone 4S with a Burundian power outlet with a 30-pin connector and a Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 4S using the Burundian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple usually supply the cable with the iPhone 4S.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. The power supply (sometimes called a Europlug) can be recognised by the 2 adjacent holes where the twin pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power adapter 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 Burundian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is powering up which should take between one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Burundian power outlet

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

The WikiConnections guide showing how to power the iPhone 4S from a Burundian power outlet using the 30-pin Apple connector with a 2 pin Type E USB charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 4S using a Burundian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - normally already supplied with your iPhone 4S by Apple.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type E USB power adapter and inserting it in the Burundian power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two large round holes 19mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins with a single metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangle shape.
  3. Then 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 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Switch on the Burundian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 4S from a Burundian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burundi - Burundian Wikipedia 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, between $10 to $15 USD (around £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, priced between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$15).
  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, costing between $10 to $15 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$25).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).