Charging the iPhone 4 when visiting Gabon

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a Type C power adapter to charge the iPhone 4 from a Gabonese power outlet.

Gabonese power outlet

Complicated frequencies and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. These guidelines were written to help prepare travellers wanting to power the iPhone 4 when they're going to Gabon.When you're visiting Gabon this page has useful instructions showing how to supply power to your iPhone 4 by using the 220 volt 50Hz C Type Gabonese wall outlet, the Gabonese will use Europlugs for power outlets. If travelling to Gabon from another region check that the iPhone 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check your iPhone 4 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 Libreville we also recommend referring to the Gabon country Wiki page [1] for further information on the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Gabon

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Gabon?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 4 to a Gabonese power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4 in Gabon?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 4 the best travel adapter for Gabon to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of iPhone 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters for your trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPhone 4 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 on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with only a single power outlet.

If you travel to different continents we recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Gabon

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 4, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Gabon and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Gabon.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Gabon. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4 in Gabon?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Gabonese power outlet

A step by step guide showing you how to power your iPhone 4 with a Gabonese power outlet with a USB 30-pin connector and a Type C power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 4 using the Gabonese power outlet you'll need to buy 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 4.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two circular holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger 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 Gabonese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is powering up, typically taking roughly one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Gabonese power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Gabon country Wiki page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. - 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, priced at between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 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. 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).