Charging the iPhone 4 when planning a trip to Qatar

A page showing how to charge your iPhone 4 with a Qatari power outlet using the 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter and recharging the iPhone 4 using a Type D USB plug.

Qatari power outlet

Varying different voltages and region codes can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country, especially if you've never been there before. These guidelines have been specifically written to prepare travellers wanting to power their iPhone 4 abroad.If staying in Qatar this page contains useful instructions showing charging the iPhone 4 by using their standard Type G or D Qatari 240 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type G plug outlets will be normally used by a majority of Qataris. If you are visiting Qatar from another country make sure your iPhone 4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Qatar

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Qatar?

You can use the iPhone 4 in Qatar by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 4 in Qatar?

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 4 or visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Qatar to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of plug sockets in Qatar (G and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPhone 4 supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Qatari trip. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Qatar we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Qatar

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Qatar and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Qatar.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Qatar. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 4 in Qatar?

Charging the iPhone 4 from a Qatari power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

A page showing how to charge your iPhone 4 with a Qatari power outlet using the 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 4 using the Qatari power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPhone 4.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Qatari power outlet. This plug supply (sometimes called the Type G power outlet [3]) can be recognised by three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable into the bottom of the 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 Qatari power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 4 from a Qatari power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type D USB charger to charge your iPhone 4 with a Qatari power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 4 using the Qatari power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually supplied with your iPhone 4.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the Qatari power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the three holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. 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. Turn on the Qatari power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Qatari power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org web page about Qatar
  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, estimated cost 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, under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, estimated price 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, under C$20.