How to charge the iPhone 4S when staying in Egypt

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 4S with an Egyptian power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter and charging the iPhone 4S using a 2 pinned Type F power charger.

Egyptian power outlet

If organizing a holiday to Egypt it's helpful to know if you'll be able to power your vital electronics like mobiles or laptop computers that you are bringing along. But, by not knowing which power socket is being used in Egypt you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore having to buy a potentially overpriced power adaptor on arrival. Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a foreign country especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your iPhone 4S in Egypt. This page has been specifically written to prevent people worrying if they can charge their iPhone 4S abroad.If you are staying in Egypt the following instructions show charging your iPhone 4S by using the standard types F or C Egyptian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Egyptians use Type F sockets in their power outlets. When you are travelling to Egypt from a different region please ensure the iPhone 4S can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 4S originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure that your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Egypt

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Egypt?

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

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4S in Egypt?

If travelling with more than your iPhone 4S then the best international travel power adapter for Egypt is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of plug sockets that Egyptians use (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your iPhone 4S supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers or using up additional power 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 as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 4S at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Egypt

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] 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 strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Egypt 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Egypt.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Egypt.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4S in Egypt?

Powering the iPhone 4S with an Egyptian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Simple instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 4S with an Egyptian power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 4S using an Egyptian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPhone 4S.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Egyptian power outlet. The plug outlet can be identified by two circular holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power 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 Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4S with an Egyptian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from an Egyptian power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 4S with an Egyptian power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a two pin Type F USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 4S using an Egyptian power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 4S).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the Egyptian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into and grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  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 Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from an Egyptian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt - Egyptian Wikipedia page
  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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C 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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F 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