Charging the iPhone 4S when planning a trip to Macau

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 4S from a Macanese power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter, powering the iPhone 4S using a Type D USB charger and recharging the iPhone 4S using a 2 pin Type F power adapter

Macanese power outlet

If you are planning to travel it's useful to know if you can use any common electronics when you're there. But by not knowing which wall socket is used in Macau you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you having to borrow a potentially expensive charger when you need to recharge which might not be compatible and cause problems with your iPhone 4S. Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 4S when you're going abroad.When you are planning a holiday to Macau this page contains useful instructions showing charging the iPhone 4S by using their standard G, D, F or M type Macanese 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Macanese will normally use the Type G plug outlets. When travelling to Macau from a different country please double check the iPhone 4S can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 4S was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Macau

Can you use the iPhone 4S in Macau?

You can use the iPhone 4S in Macau by using a power adaptor.

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

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 4S then the best travel power adapter for Macau is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [12]. There are four different types of power outlets that Macanese use (G, D, F and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPhone 4S supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single wall outlet.

For those travelling often we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [12] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Macau

The 4 port USB travel charger [12] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4S, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Macau and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK 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 Macau using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Macau.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 4S in Macau?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Macanese power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 4S from a Macanese power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 4S using the Macanese 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 typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in 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. Turn on the Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which typically takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Macanese power outlet

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

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 4S from a Macanese power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type D power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 4S from a Macanese power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the Macanese power outlet. This plug supply, technically called the Type D power outlet [6], can be recognised by 3 round holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in 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. Turn on the Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 4S screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

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

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type F USB charger to charge your iPhone 4S with a Macanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 4S from a Macanese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the Macanese power outlet. You can identify the power outlet by two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm next to each other and a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB 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 Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which typically takes roughly one-four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Macanese power outlet

How to use a Type M power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Macanese power outlet

Using a 30-pin connector with a Type M USB charger to charge your iPhone 4S with a Macanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 4S using the Macanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPhone 4S.
  2. Start by taking the Type M USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The wall outlet (technically called the Type M power outlet [10]) can be recognised by 3 large circular holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. 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. Turn on the Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 4S screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type M power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Macanese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macau - Wikipedia.org entry about Macau
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  10. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  11. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M mains power outlet
  12. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters