How to charge the iPhone 4 from a power outlet in Swaziland

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a Type M power charger to power your iPhone 4 from a Swazi power outlet.

Swazi power outlet

Various region codes and plug types can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country to the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 4 when you are staying abroad.The following step-by-step guide shows you what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone 4 in Swaziland by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz M Type power outlet. When you are visiting Swaziland from a different country make sure that the iPhone 4 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 4 came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you intend on visiting a Swazi destination like Manzini we suggest referring to the wikipedia entry about Swaziland [1] for more indepth details on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Swaziland

Can the iPhone 4 be used in Swaziland?

You can connect the iPhone 4 to a Swazi power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 4 in Swaziland?

If travelling with more than your iPhone 4 the best travel charger for Swaziland is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 4 supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters on your trip to Swaziland. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel 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 recommend searching for a flexible power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Swaziland

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Swaziland using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper 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 Swaziland.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 4 in Swaziland?

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Swazi power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 4 from a Swazi power outlet with an Apple 30-pin cable and a Type M power charger.

  1. To power your iPhone 4 from the Swazi power outlet you'll need to use a Type M USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally include this cable when you first purchase the iPhone 4.
  2. Begin by taking the Type M USB power adapter and inserting it into the Swazi power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by three large round holes forming a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter 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. Switch on the Swazi power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which should take roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Swazi power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swaziland - wikipedia entry about Swaziland
  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/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  4. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M mains power outlet
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters