Charging the iPhone 4 in Malaysia

How to connect a Malaysian power outlet to the iPhone 4

Malaysian power outlet

When planning a vacation it can often be helpful to know if you can power all your important electronics like cell phones and laptop computers that you'll be bringing along. However, by not knowing which plug socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore leaving you needing to borrow a suitable power adaptor when you need it that could be incompatible. Different voltages and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on travelling to a different country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to buy in advance to charge the iPhone 4 . These step-by-step instructions tells you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPhone 4 when staying in Malaysia by using a 240 volt 50Hz Type G Malaysian plug outlet, the Malaysians will use a 13 amp plug for charging. If you are travelling to Malaysia from a different country please ensure that your iPhone 4 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Malaysia

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Malaysia?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 4 to a Malaysian power outlet.

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

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 4 the best travel power adapter for Malaysia is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPhone 4 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring multiple power chargers. By only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Malaysia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing 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 adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Malaysia 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 portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Malaysia.
  • 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 and gives almost the same set of features 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 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Malaysia. [6] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 4 in Malaysia?

Powering the iPhone 4 with a Malaysian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pin Type G USB charger to power the iPhone 4 with a Malaysian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 4 from a Malaysian power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 4).
  2. Plug the Type G USB power adapter in the power supply. This plug outlet, sometimes called the Type G power outlet [3], looks like 3 rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangle shape.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into 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. Switch on the Malaysian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is charging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Malaysian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Malaysia
  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, costs C$10-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, 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, priced at C$10-C$15.