How to charge the iPhone 4 when staying in Malta

How to connect a Maltese power outlet to the iPhone 4

Maltese power outlet

When planning a holiday to Malta it is helpful to know in advance if you can power your indispensable electrical devices like mobiles or laptop computers when you're there. However without knowing which power socket is being used in Malta you may bring the wrong charger, meaning needing to borrow a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 4 when you're going abroad.This page contains simple instructions showing you exactly how to power the iPhone 4 when staying in Malta by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G Maltese plug outlet, with the Maltese using a 13 amp plug for power outlets. If travelling to Malta from another country please ensure the iPhone 4 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPhone 4 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Malta

Can the iPhone 4 be used in Malta?

You can connect the iPhone 4 to a Maltese power outlet.

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What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 4 in Malta?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 4 or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Malta to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included plugs. If your iPhone 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger will also allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Malta or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPhone 4 at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger like this at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Malta

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Malta.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Malta. [6]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 4 in Malta?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Maltese power outlet

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type G power charger to power your iPhone 4 from a Maltese power outlet.

  1. To power your iPhone 4 using a Maltese power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is typically already supplied with the iPhone 4 by Apple).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this power supply by 3 holes containing plastic shutters forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of 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 Maltese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Maltese power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Malta country Wikipedia page
  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, around 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.