Charging your iPhone 4 from a power outlet in Singapore

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 4 with a Singapore power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger, how to charge the iPhone 4 using a 3 pin Type G USB plug and how to charge the iPhone 4 using a 3 pin Type M USB plug

Singapore power outlet

If you are packing for a trip it's useful to know if you can charge all your devices at your hotel. Without knowing which power socket to expect you could end up either weighing your bags down with too many adaptors or pack the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced charger when you need to recharge which might be incompatible. Various combinations of standards and plugs can all lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country if you've never been there before. If planning a holiday to Singapore these instructions show how to supply power to the iPhone 4 by using their types G, C or M 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Singaporeans will normally use Type G plugs in their wall outlets. If you are visiting Singapore from another country please double check the iPhone 4 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. If you intend to visit a destination such as Singapore or Sentosa please refer to the Visit Singapore [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Singapore

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Singapore?

You can use the iPhone 4 in Singapore.

Singapore

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

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just your iPhone 4 then the best travel adapter for Singapore is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three standards of wall outlets that Singaporeans use (G, C and M) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your model of iPhone 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Singapore we recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Singapore

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Singapore 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 most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Singapore using 3 pin type B 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 from North America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Singapore. [10]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 4 in Singapore?

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

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone 4 from a Singapore power outlet with the 30-pin Apple cable and a Type G USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 4 using the Singapore power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is usually supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Singapore power outlet. This plug supply, technically known as a Type G power outlet [3], looks like three rectangular slots forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth. These are the most commonly used sockets in Singapore.
  3. Connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the mains 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 Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 4 with a Singapore power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 4 using the Singapore power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Singapore power outlet. The wall outlet (known as a Europlug) can be recognised by 2 round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral. Please be aware that that Type C electrical sockets are less commonplace in Singapore.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of 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 Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 4 from a Singapore power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 4 with a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone 4 from a Singapore power outlet with the 30-pin Apple cable and a Type M USB charger.

  1. To charge your iPhone 4 using the Singapore power outlet you will need to use a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually include this USB cable with the iPhone 4.
  2. Start by inserting the Type M USB power adapter into the wall supply. The power supply (sometimes called the Type M power outlet [8]) looks like 3 round holes in a triangular shape. These outlets might not be as commonplace in Singapore.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cable into the bottom of the 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 Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. Visitsingapore - Visit Singapore
  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, 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, C$10-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 M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, costing around C$15.
  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.