How to charge the iPhone 4 when planning a trip to Tonga

How to connect a Tongan power outlet to the iPhone 4

Tongan power outlet

Various combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. This page was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 4 abroad.This page contains a step by step guide which shows what you'll need to power the iPhone 4 when you're visiting Tonga by using their 240 volt 50Hz Type I Tongan plug outlet. When you are travelling to Tonga from another country please check your iPhone 4 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Tonga

Can the iPhone 4 be used in Tonga?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4 in Tonga by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Tonga?

When you are travelling to more than one country and bringing more than just your iPhone 4 the best international travel charger for Tonga is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable 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 over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPhone 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility 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 without using up an additional plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Tonga

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 strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Tonga using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as 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 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Tonga. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Tonga?

Powering the iPhone 4 with a Tongan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Using a USB 30-pin connector and a Type I power adapter to charge the iPhone 4 from a Tongan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 4 from the Tongan power outlet you will need a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 4.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type I USB power adapter and inserting it into the Tongan power outlet. The power supply, sometimes known as the Type I power outlet [3], can be identified by 3 slots forming a triangle configuration with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top pair of slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the cord 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 Tongan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging taking around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Tongan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Tonga
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, estimated cost under 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, priced at 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, costs under C$20.