Charging the iPhone 4 when visiting Cote d Ivoire

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone 4 with an Ivorian power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a Type C power charger and how to charge the iPhone 4 using a two pinned Type E power plug.

Ivorian power outlet

Varying different region codes and sockets can all be confusing when planning on travelling to another country to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to stop people having to worry if they'll be able to power the iPhone 4 when they are travelling abroad.When visiting Cote d Ivoire these useful instructions show how to power the iPhone 4 using the standard Type E or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll find power changes depending on which country you are travelling to so we recommend reading the Africa page for a complete list of countries. If you are visiting Cote d Ivoire from a different country please ensure that your iPhone 4 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone 4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the iPhone 4 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you intend on taking a trip to a place like Abidjan we also recommend referring to the Cote d Ivoire country Wiki page [1] for further information on the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Cote d Ivoire

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Cote d Ivoire?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 4 to an Ivorian power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 4 in Cote d Ivoire?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 4 then the best travel charger for Cote d Ivoire to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Ivorians use two different standards of power outlets (E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPhone 4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate power adapters. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Cote d Ivoire

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Cote d Ivoire 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 and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Cote d Ivoire. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 4 in Cote d Ivoire?

Charging the iPhone 4 from an Ivorian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector and a Type C power adapter to charge the iPhone 4 from an Ivorian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 4 using the Ivorian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 4).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the Ivorian power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by two circular holes next to each other.
  3. Connect 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 Ivorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 4 from an Ivorian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 4 with an Ivorian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 4 with an Ivorian power outlet with a USB 30-pin connector and a 2 pinned Type E power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 4 from the Ivorian power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type E USB power adapter into the Ivorian power outlet. This round plug outlet can be identified by the two adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go plus a single metal grounding pin protruding from the top forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in 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 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Switch on the Ivorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is charging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4 with an Ivorian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Cote d Ivoire country Wiki page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced between $10 to $15 USD (under £10 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, around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, between $10 to $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$15).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).