How to charge the iPhone 4 from a power outlet in Malawi

How to connect a Malawian power outlet to the iPhone 4

Malawian power outlet

Varying complicated standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on travelling to a different country especially for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your iPhone 4 in Malawi. If you are staying in Malawi these instructions show how to power the iPhone 4 using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G Malawian plug outlet, the Malawians will use 13 amp plugs for charging. Power supplies will change from country to country so please read the travel power supplies page for a complete list of countries. If visiting Malawi from a different country make sure that the iPhone 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Malawi

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Malawi?

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

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 4 in Malawi?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 4 and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Malawi to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPhone 4 is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Malawi

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these 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 supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Malawi and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Malawi using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 Malawi. [6] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 4 in Malawi?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Malawian power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type G power charger to recharge the iPhone 4 with a Malawian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 4 using a Malawian power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 4.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by three vertical rectangular slots with shutters forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB 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 Malawian 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 4 is recharging taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Malawian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Malawi country entry on
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. - 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, under 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, priced C$10-C$15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing around C$15.