How to charge your iPhone 4S from a power outlet in Gambia

How to connect a Gambian power outlet to the iPhone 4S

Gambian power outlet

Various region codes and plug types can all be daunting when planning to stay in a different country if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your iPhone 4S in Gambia. This useful guide shows what you'll need to charge the iPhone 4S when visiting Gambia by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G power outlet, the Gambians will use 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. You will find that most power sockets vary depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore please read the WikiConnections travel power sockets list for a full list showing countries. If travelling to Gambia from another country please make sure your iPhone 4S can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v make sure that the iPhone 4S is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. If you plan on staying in a Gambian destination like Serekunda we suggest referring to the Gambia country entry on wikipedia.org [1] for further details on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Gambia

Can you use the iPhone 4S in Gambia?

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

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 4S in Gambia?

If you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel adapter for Gambia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 4S is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets and using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Gambia

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4S, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Gambia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to Gambia.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Gambia.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 4S in Gambia?

Charging the iPhone 4S from a Gambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 3 pinned Type G power charger to power your iPhone 4S from a Gambian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 4S using a Gambian power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually supply this cable with your iPhone 4S.
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the Gambian power outlet. You can recognise the power outlet by 3 slots with shutters forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the USB 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 Gambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 4S will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which takes around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 4S from a Gambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gambia - Gambia country entry on wikipedia.org
  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, costing under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-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, between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$15).
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).