How to charge the iPhone 4S when staying in Malawi

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

Malawian power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what to pick up in advance to charge your iPhone 4S in Malawi. This page has been specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 4S when Malawi.This guide shows what you'll need to charge the iPhone 4S when travelling to Malawi by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G power outlet, the Malawians will use 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. If travelling to Malawi from another country please ensure that the iPhone 4S can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Malawi

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Malawi?

You can connect the iPhone 4S to a Malawian power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel adapter for Malawi 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 to 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 plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger will allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers or using up additional wall outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Malawi

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Malawi using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Malawi.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 4S in Malawi?

Charging the iPhone 4S from a Malawian 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 Malawian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 4S from the Malawian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone 4S).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by three vertical rectangular holes containing plastic shutters in a triangle configuration.
  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 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Switch on the Malawian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 4S from a Malawian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malawi - Wikipedia.org page about Malawi
  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 (£15-£20 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, between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 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, between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).