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

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power the iPhone 4 with a Tanzanian power outlet with a USB 30-pin cable and a three pin Type G USB charger and how to power the iPhone 4 using a three pin Type D USB charger.

Tanzanian power outlet

If you are packing for a trip it can often be helpful to know if you can charge any important devices that you'll be bringing along with you. Without knowing which power socket is being used in Tanzania you could end up either weighing yourself down with unnecessary adaptors or pack the wrong charger, therefore needing to purchase a suitable charger on arrival. Different voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPhone 4 in Tanzania. This page has step-by-step instructions telling you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPhone 4 when staying in Tanzania by using their Type G or D Tanzanian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type G plug outlets will be normally used by most Tanzanians. If travelling to Tanzania from a different region check that the iPhone 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Tanzania

Can the iPhone 4 be used in Tanzania?

You can use the iPhone 4 in Tanzania by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Tanzania?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 4 then the best travel charger for Tanzania to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Tanzanians use (types G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPhone 4 supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 4 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for a multipurpose travel adapter like this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Tanzania

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Tanzania and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Tanzania using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 Tanzania.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Tanzania?

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

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a Type G USB adapter to charge your iPhone 4 from a Tanzanian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 4 from the Tanzanian power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is typically included with the iPhone 4 by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. This plug outlet (technically known as a Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by the 3 rectangular holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger 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. Turn on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Tanzanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 4 with a Tanzanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type D power adapter to charge your iPhone 4 from a Tanzanian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 4 from the Tanzanian power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is usually included with your iPhone 4 by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type D USB power adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. This plug outlet (sometimes known as the Type D power outlet [6]) can be identified by the 3 holes forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the mains USB charger 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. Turn on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Tanzanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanzania - Tanzanian country page on Wikipedia
  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
  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. 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
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters