Charging your iPhone 4 from a power outlet in Zambia

A guide showing how to charge the iPhone 4 from a Zambian power outlet with a 30 pin connector and a Type D USB charger, how to power the iPhone 4 using a Type G power adapter and powering the iPhone 4 using a two pinned Type C power adapter

Zambian power outlet

If packing for a trip it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge your common electronics when you arrive. Without knowing which wall socket is being used in Zambia you could end up either having to bring too many adaptors or pack the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you having to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible. Differing standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning to visit another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what to buy in advance to charge the iPhone 4 in Zambia. This guide has been specifically written to stop travellers having to worry if they'll be able to charge their iPhone 4 abroad.This useful guide tells you how to supply power to your iPhone 4 when staying in Zambia using the standard G, C or D type Zambian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Zambians will normally use Type G power outlets. Most power sources are different from country to country therefore we recommend that you read our Wikiconnections world power sockets list where you'll find a complete list showing powering devices in different regions and countries. When visiting Zambia from another country make sure the iPhone 4 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check the iPhone 4 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Zambia

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Zambia?

You can connect the iPhone 4 to a Zambian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4 in Zambia?

When you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your iPhone 4 then the best international travel adapter for Zambia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different types of plug sockets in Zambia (G, C and D) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the plugs over. If your type of iPhone 4 can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 4 at an airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Zambia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Zambia.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Zambia. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4 in Zambia?

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

Instructions on how to charge your iPhone 4 with a Zambian power outlet with a 30-pin connector with a 3 pin Type G USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 4 from the Zambian power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually included with the device.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the Zambian power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 3 vertical slots forming a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into 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. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is charging, typically taking between one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Zambian power outlet

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Zambian power outlet

A guide on how to charge your iPhone 4 from a Zambian power outlet with a 30 pin connector and a Type C USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 4 from a Zambian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this USB cable is usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Zambian power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB 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. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Zambian power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Zambian power outlet

Instructions on how to charge your iPhone 4 with a Zambian power outlet with a 30-pin connector with a 3 pin Type D USB charger.

  1. To charge your iPhone 4 using the Zambian power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually included with the device).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type D USB power adapter into the power outlet. The power supply, technically called a Type D power outlet [8], can be identified by 3 circular holes forming a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains 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 Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is charging which takes between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Zambian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Zambia
  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, 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 under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced under C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, estimated cost under C$20.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.