Charging the iPhone 4S when staying in Kosovo

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type C power charger to charge the iPhone 4S from a Kosovan power outlet and powering the iPhone 4S using a Type F USB charger.

Kosovan power outlet

Various frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning on staying in a new country especially if you've never visited before. This guide was written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 4S abroad.When you are going to Kosovo these instructions show how to power your iPhone 4S by using their Type F or C Kosovan 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. If you are visiting Kosovo from a different country please make sure your iPhone 4S can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check the iPhone 4S is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from over-heating during charging. If you plan to visit a city like Pristina read the Kosovo page on Wikipedia.org [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Kosovo

Can you use the iPhone 4S in Kosovo?

You can connect the iPhone 4S to a Kosovan power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4S in Kosovo?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 4S the best travel charger for Kosovo is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Kosovars use two different standards of plug sockets (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your model of iPhone 4S is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters and additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for an adaptable power adapter like this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Kosovo

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Kosovo 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 power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Kosovo using type B American 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Kosovo.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4S in Kosovo?

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

Using the 30-pin Apple connector with a Type C USB charger to power the iPhone 4S with a Kosovan power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 4S using a Kosovan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually include the cable when you buy the iPhone 4S.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the Kosovan power outlet. This unearthed power outlet is recognised by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the twin pins go.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Turn on the Kosovan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging which typically takes around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 4S from a Kosovan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 4S from a Kosovan power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a two pin Type F USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 4S from a Kosovan power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually already included with your iPhone 4S.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins along with two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Switch on the Kosovan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is powering up which should take between 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Kosovan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosovo - Kosovo page on Wikipedia.org
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, priced 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, priced C$10-C$15.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet, under C$25.
  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.