How to charge the iPhone 4 when planning a trip to Egypt

Instructions on how to charge the iPhone 4 from an Egyptian power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a two pinned Type C power charger and how to charge the iPhone 4 using a two pinned Type F USB plug.

Egyptian power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to buy in advance to power the iPhone 4 in Egypt. This page was specifically written to assist travellers wanting to charge the iPhone 4 when going abroad.The following step by step guide shows you how to power the iPhone 4 when you are travelling to Egypt using their Type F or C Egyptian 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type F plug outlets will be typically used by most Egyptians. When you are visiting Egypt from a different region please ensure your iPhone 4 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone 4 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check the iPhone 4 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you plan on staying somewhere such as Cairo or Alexandria please read the Egypt country page on Wikipedia [1] for more information prior to the area. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Egypt

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Egypt?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4 in Egypt.

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

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Egypt is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Egyptians use two different standards of plug sockets (F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPhone 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to bring seperate power chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel to Egypt we recommend searching for a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Egypt

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but 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 travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Egypt.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Egypt. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4 in Egypt?

Charging the iPhone 4 from an Egyptian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge the iPhone 4 from an Egyptian power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a two pinned Type C USB charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 4 from the Egyptian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is typically included with the iPhone 4 by Apple).
  2. Firstly insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Egyptian power outlet. This ungrounded wall supply (known as the Europlug) can be identified by the two adjacent holes.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the mains 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. Turn on the Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is recharging which should take around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 4 from an Egyptian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 4 with an Egyptian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A step by step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 4 from an Egyptian power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type F power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 4 using the Egyptian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 4.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The recessed circular wall supply can be identified by two large round adjacent holes along with a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  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 Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is charging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4 with an Egyptian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Egypt country page on Wikipedia
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  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, costing under 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 F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, C$15-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 C$15-C$20.