Charging the iPhone 4S from a power outlet in Ghana

A guide showing how to recharge your iPhone 4S with a Ghanaian power outlet with the Apple 30-pin connector with a 3 pin Type G USB charger and powering the iPhone 4S using a three pinned Type D power adapter.

Ghanaian power outlet

Varying different standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially for the first time traveller. This page has been written to stop people having to worry if they can charge the iPhone 4S abroad.If travelling to Ghana these useful instructions show how to power your iPhone 4S by using their types G or D 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. Power supplies are different regionally therefore we suggest reading the power supplies list for a full list of countries. When you are travelling to Ghana from another country check that the iPhone 4S can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your iPhone 4S is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you're planning on travelling to a Ghanaian place such as Accra please refer to the Ghanaian Wikipedia web page [1] for more details on visiting the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Ghana

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Ghana?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 4S to a Ghanaian power outlet by using a power adaptor.

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

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 4S and visiting more than one country the best travel charger for Ghana is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of power outlets in Ghana (G and D) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 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 much quicker charging times by using one of these travel chargers along with support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring multiple power adapters on your trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone 4S at an airport or on the flight. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for an adaptable travel adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Ghana

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 visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Ghana 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 Ghana.
  • 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. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Ghana.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 4S in Ghana?

Powering the iPhone 4S with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

A guide showing how to recharge your iPhone 4S with a Ghanaian power outlet with the Apple 30-pin connector with a 3 pin Type G USB charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 4S using the Ghanaian power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type G USB power adapter in the power outlet. The wall supply, technically called a Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by 3 rectangular slots containing plastic shutters in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the bottom of the mains 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 Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Ghanaian power outlet

Using a 30 pin connector and a Type D USB adapter to power the iPhone 4S with a Ghanaian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 4S from the Ghanaian power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is usually supplied with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type D USB power adapter into the Ghanaian power outlet. You can identify the wall supply by the 3 round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect one end of the power cable into the USB mains 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. Turn on the Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 4S screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is powering up which should take between 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Ghanaian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghana - Ghanaian Wikipedia web 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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply, 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, under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet, estimated cost between $15 to $20 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).