How to charge the iPhone 4 from a power outlet in Puerto Rico

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 4 from a Puerto Rican power outlet using a 30 pin connector and a three pin Type A USB adapter and how to recharge the iPhone 4 using a three pinned Type B USB plug.

Puerto Rican power outlet

Different combinations of standards and sockets can all be confusing when planning to visit another country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 4 abroad.When going to Puerto Rico this page has instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 4 using the standard types B or A 120 volt 60Hz power outlets, Type B power outlets will be typically used by a majority of Puerto Ricans. If your iPhone 4 charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Puerto Rico from a different region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on, check the iPhone 4 is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. If you are planning on travelling to destinations such as San Juan please read the Puerto Rico entry on wikipedia.org [1] for more information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Puerto Rico

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Puerto Rico?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4 in Puerto Rico by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Puerto Rico?

If travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your iPhone 4 the best travel power adapter for Puerto Rico to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Puerto Ricans use (types B and A) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPhone 4 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters for your Puerto Rican trip. Because you are only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and convenient for charging your iPhone 4 at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for an adaptable travel adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Puerto Rico

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Puerto Rico 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Puerto Rico.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Puerto Rico. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Puerto Rico?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Puerto Rican power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin cable and a two pin Type A USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 4 from a Puerto Rican power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 4 from the Puerto Rican power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 4).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the Puerto Rican power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the twin blades sit.
  3. Connect one end of the power cord into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging and takes roughly one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Puerto Rican power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Puerto Rican power outlet

A page on how to recharge the iPhone 4 with a Puerto Rican power outlet with a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type B power adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 4 from a Puerto Rican power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include the cable when you first purchase your iPhone 4).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 slots parallel to each other with a single hole below for the long earthed pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Puerto Rican power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Puerto Rico entry on wikipedia.org
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. 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, costing around $5 USD (around £1 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, priced between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. 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, estimated price between $5 to $10 USD (£20-£25 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 (around £10 GBP / under C$20).