Charging the iPhone when planning a trip to Swaziland

How to connect a Swazi power outlet to the iPhone

Swazi power outlet

Varying different standards and plug types can often be daunting when planning on travelling to a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone when travelling to Swaziland.If staying in Swaziland this page contains useful instructions showing charging the iPhone by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz M Type Swazi power supply. When visiting Swaziland from a different country please double check the iPhone can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from over-heating when powering up. If you plan to stay in a destination such as Manzini read the Swaziland Wikipedia page [1] for further details.

This page details the iPhone 1st generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for a full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Swaziland

Can you use the iPhone in Swaziland?

You can use the iPhone in Swaziland by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone in Swaziland?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone the best international travel adapter for Swaziland is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPhone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. Only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Swaziland we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Swaziland

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, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Swaziland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Swaziland. [6] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone in Swaziland?

Charging the iPhone from a Swazi power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Instructions on how to power the iPhone from a Swazi power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type M USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone from a Swazi power outlet you'll need a Type M USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually supplied with your iPhone.
  2. Insert the Type M USB power adapter into the Swazi power outlet. This plug supply, technically called the Type M power outlet [3], looks like 3 large holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Swazi power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes between one-four hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone from a Swazi power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Swaziland Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  3. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  4. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / around C$15).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, costs 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, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).