Charging your iPhone 4S from a power outlet in Tanzania

Using the Apple USB 30-pin connector with a 3 pin Type G power adapter to power the iPhone 4S from a Tanzanian power outlet and powering the iPhone 4S using a Type D USB plug.

Tanzanian power outlet

Differing combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to purchase in advance to power your iPhone 4S . When you are staying in Tanzania the following useful instructions show how to charge your iPhone 4S by using their standard G or D type Tanzanian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you will discover a majority of Tanzanians typically use Type G power outlets. If you are visiting Tanzania from another region please double check the iPhone 4S can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 4S was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure your iPhone 4S is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overheating during charging. If you're planning to stay somewhere such as Dar es Salaam or Mwanza read the wikipedia entry about Tanzania [1] for further information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Tanzania

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Tanzania?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 4S to a Tanzanian power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 4S in Tanzania?

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your iPhone 4S then the best travel power adapter for Tanzania is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Tanzanians use two different types of power outlets (types G and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPhone 4S can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy multiple power adapters for your Tanzanian trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel to Tanzania we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Tanzania

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Tanzania.
  • 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 America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Tanzania.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 4S in Tanzania?

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

Using a 30-pin cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter to recharge your iPhone 4S with a Tanzanian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 4S from the Tanzanian power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this USB cable is normally already included with the iPhone 4S.
  2. Insert the Type G USB power adapter in the Tanzanian power outlet. This plug supply (technically called the Type G power outlet [3]) looks like 3 vertical holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Tanzanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Learn how to recharge the iPhone 4S from a Tanzanian power outlet with the Apple 30-pin connector with a 3 pin Type D power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 4S using the Tanzanian power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is normally already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the Tanzanian power outlet. The wall outlet, sometimes known as a Type D power outlet [6], looks like 3 round holes in a triangular shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB 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. Switch on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Tanzanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanzania - wikipedia entry about Tanzania
  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, priced at 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, under $20 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).