Charging the iPhone 4 when planning a trip to Ireland

Using a 30-pin connector with a Type G USB charger to charge your iPhone 4 with an Irish power outlet.

Irish power outlet

Varying complicated voltages and standards can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 4 when staying abroad.If travelling to Ireland these useful instructions show powering the iPhone 4 by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type Irish power outlet, with the Irish using 13 amp plugs for charging. If you are visiting Ireland from another country make sure your iPhone 4 can accept a 240v supply. If your iPhone 4 was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double 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 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Ireland

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Ireland?

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

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 4 then the best travel charger for Ireland to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts 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 4 is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Irish trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone 4 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single power outlet.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Ireland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Ireland.
  • 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 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 Ireland. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 4 in Ireland?

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

A page showing how to charge your iPhone 4 with an Irish power outlet using the 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 4 from an Irish power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually supplied with your iPhone 4.
  2. Insert the Type G USB power adapter into the Irish power outlet. This plug supply, technically called the Type G power outlet [3], looks like 3 vertical holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of 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 Irish 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 recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4 with an Irish power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Irish country wikipedia page
  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 under $15 USD (£15-£20 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, between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$15).
  6. 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 (under £15 GBP / under C$20).