Charging your iPhone 4S from a power outlet in Scotland

Using a 30-pin Apple cable with a Type G USB adapter to power the iPhone 4S from a Scottish power outlet.

Scottish power outlet

Differing combinations of region codes and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country for the first time traveller. If going to travel to Scotland the following useful instructions show how to power your iPhone 4S by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type wall outlet, the Scottish will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for power outlets. You will discover that power sockets are different depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the Europe and power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When you are travelling to Scotland from another country ensure that your iPhone 4S can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 4S was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure that your iPhone 4S is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overloading when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Scotland

Can you use the iPhone 4S in Scotland?

You can use the iPhone 4S in Scotland.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4S in Scotland?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPhone 4S the best international travel adapter for Scotland is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by switching the heads. If your model of iPhone 4S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters. Because you are only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you’re not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Scotland we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the universal multi-device USB wall charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Scotland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4S, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Scotland 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Scotland using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 Scotland. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4S in Scotland?

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

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 4S with a Scottish power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin cable and a 3 pin Type G USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPhone 4S from the Scottish power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power plug adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include this USB cable with the iPhone 4S).
  2. Start by plugging the Type G USB power plug adapter into the wall supply. The power supply (sometimes called the Type G power outlet [3]) looks like 3 vertical rectangular slots containing shutters forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in 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 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Turn on the Scottish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity. [AD]
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Scottish power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Scotland entry on wikipedia
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power plug adapter - Suitable for use in England, Ireland, and Scotland, a grounded three pin Type G adapter turns UK electrical power outlets into USB ports for reliable charging..
  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. Universal multi-device USB wall charger - A universal multi-device USB wall charger features USB PD and standard ports for fast charging simultaneous. These includes interchangeable international plug adapters making it ideal for travel and certified for safety to protect against current and heat.