Charging the iPhone 4 when planning a trip to Slovakia

A page showing how to charge your iPhone 4 with a Slovak power outlet using a 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C power adapter and recharging the iPhone 4 using a 2 pin Type E power adapter.

Slovak power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning to stay in another country especially for the first time traveller. The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone 4 when travelling to Slovakia using the types E or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If visiting Slovakia from a different region please double check the iPhone 4 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 4 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 converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Slovakia

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Slovakia?

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

Slovakia

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 4 in Slovakia?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 4 then the best travel charger for Slovakia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of wall outlets in Slovakia (E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

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 in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included heads. If your iPhone 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel often we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Slovakia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Slovakia 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 Slovakia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 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 Slovakia. [8]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 4 in Slovakia?

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

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C power adapter to recharge your iPhone 4 with a Slovak power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 4 from the Slovak power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPhone 4).
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. This unearthed plug supply, sometimes called the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  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 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Turn on the Slovak power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging which should take roughly one to four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Slovak power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type E USB charger to charge your iPhone 4 with a Slovak power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 4 from a Slovak power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the Slovak power outlet. This recessed round power supply can be recognised by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins along with a metal grounding pin protruding the top to form a triangle pattern.
  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 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Turn on the Slovak power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Slovak power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Slovak country wikipedia 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$5).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, estimated price 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, estimated cost between $15 to $20 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$5).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).