Charging the iPhone 4 in Saudi Arabia

Instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone 4 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type A power charger, how to power the iPhone 4 using a three pinned Type G power plug and charging the iPhone 4 using a three pin Type B USB plug

Saudi Arabian power outlet

Various standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially to the first time traveller. This guide was written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 4 when you are going to Saudi Arabia.When visiting Saudi Arabia this page contains useful instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone 4 by using the G, A, B or D type Saudi Arabian 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, you will find most Saudi Arabians normally use the Type G plugs in their plug outlets. Most power supplies will change depending on which area you are travelling to so we suggest reading the Asia page for a complete list of countries. If you are visiting Saudi Arabia from a different region please ensure your iPhone 4 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Saudi Arabia

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Saudi Arabia?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 4 to a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4 in Saudi Arabia?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 4 the best travel power adapter for Saudi Arabia is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Saudi Arabians use four different standards of power outlets (G, A, B and D) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPhone 4 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack seperate travel adapters for your trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Saudi Arabia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge 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 regions with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Saudi Arabia 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Saudi Arabia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Saudi Arabia. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4 in Saudi Arabia?

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

A guide on how to charge the iPhone 4 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet using a 30 pin Apple cable with a three pin Type G USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 4 from the Saudi Arabian power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is normally supplied with the device).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter in the Saudi Arabian power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by three vertical slots in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then 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 Saudi Arabian 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 roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 4 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone 4 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type A power charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 4 from the Saudi Arabian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally supplied with the device).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. This plug outlet, sometimes called the Type A power outlet [6], is identified by two slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  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 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Turn on the Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up which typically takes between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 4 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a Type B power charger to charge the iPhone 4 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 4 from the Saudi Arabian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Plug in the Type B USB power adapter in the power supply. This plug outlet, sometimes called the Type B power outlet [8], is recognised by two slots where the blades go with a hole below for the longer ground pin.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the mains power 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 Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

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

  1. To charge the iPhone 4 using a Saudi Arabian power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone 4.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by the two circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go along with thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the mains power 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 Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Saudi Arabia
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, priced at under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  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 A power outlet
  7. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, estimated price between $5 to $10 USD (£1-£2 GBP / under C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  9. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, costing between $5 to $10 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  10. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  11. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$20).
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).