How to charge the iPhone 4 when planning a trip to Estonia

A guide showing you how to charge your iPhone 4 from an Estonian power outlet using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C USB adapter and how to recharge the iPhone 4 using a Type F power charger.

Estonian power outlet

Complicated combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning on travelling to a different country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPhone 4 in Estonia. This guide was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 4 abroad.When visiting Estonia the following instructions show how to charge the iPhone 4 using their standard types F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. If travelling to Estonia from a different region check that the iPhone 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your iPhone 4 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Estonia

Can the iPhone 4 be used in Estonia?

You can use the iPhone 4 in Estonia by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Estonia?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 4 and visiting more than one country the best travel power adapter for Estonia is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Estonians use two different standards of plug sockets (types F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPhone 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a flexible travel adapter similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Estonia

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 visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Estonia using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Estonia. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Estonia?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from an Estonian power outlet

A guide showing you how to charge your iPhone 4 from an Estonian power outlet using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 4 using an Estonian power outlet you'll need to use 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 the iPhone 4.
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. The plug outlet, also called the Europlug, can be identified by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into 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 Estonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is charging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from an Estonian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 4 with an Estonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A guide showing you how to charge your iPhone 4 from an Estonian power outlet using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a Type F USB adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 4 using the Estonian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 4).
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm next to each other where the two plug outlet pins go, plus a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into 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 Estonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4 with an Estonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Estonia Wikipedia web 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, estimated price around $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-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 F power outlet
  7. 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, between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 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).