How to charge the iPhone when planning a trip to Tunisia

Instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone from a Tunisian power outlet by using the Apple 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type C USB charger and powering the iPhone using a two pin Type E USB plug.

Tunisian power outlet

Various combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. This page was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone abroad.This page contains a step by step guide which shows what you'll need to power the iPhone when you're visiting Tunisia by using their Type E or C Tunisian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note that Type E power outlets are typically used by a majority of Tunisians. When you are visiting Tunisia from another country please check that your iPhone can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it up.

This page details the iPhone first generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for a full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Tunisia

Can the iPhone be used in Tunisia?

Yes, you can use the iPhone in Tunisia by using the correct power convertor.

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What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone in Tunisia?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone then the best travel adapter for Tunisia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Tunisians use two different standards of plug sockets (types E and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPhone supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, and support for more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and on hand for charging your iPhone at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Tunisia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 Tunisia using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Tunisia. [8]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone in Tunisia?

Charging the iPhone from a Tunisian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone with a Tunisian power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector and a Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPhone using the Tunisian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will normally supply this cable when you buy the iPhone.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two circular holes next to each other.
  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. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Tunisian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone from a Tunisian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Tunisian power outlet

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone with a Tunisian power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a Type E power adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone using the Tunisian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type E USB power adapter into the power supply. This recessed circular wall supply, sometimes known as a Type E power outlet [6], can be identified by two large adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins with a single metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Tunisian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up which takes between one to four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Tunisian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Tunisia
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  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, 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, under 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, 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, costs under C$20.