How to charge the iPhone when visiting Egypt

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type C USB charger to power the iPhone with an Egyptian power outlet and how to charge the iPhone using a Type F power charger.

Egyptian power outlet

Varying different region codes and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to power the iPhone in Egypt. These guidelines have been written to help prepare travellers wanting to power the iPhone abroad.If you are going to Egypt the following instructions show how to power the iPhone using the standard F or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type F power outlets will be typically used by most Egyptians. If you are travelling to Egypt from a different country please ensure that your iPhone can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it.

This page details the iPhone first generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for the full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Egypt

Can the iPhone be used in Egypt?

Yes, you can use the iPhone in Egypt.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Egypt?

When travelling with more than your iPhone the best travel power adapter for Egypt is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets that Egyptians use (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of iPhone supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers. Because you are only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to Egypt we recommend buying a multipurpose power adapter of this nature online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Egypt

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, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power 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 converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Egypt.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Egypt. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Egypt?

Powering the iPhone with an Egyptian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type C USB charger to power the iPhone with an Egyptian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone from an Egyptian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is usually included with the iPhone.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Egyptian power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up which should take between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone with an Egyptian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone from an Egyptian power outlet

Instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone from an Egyptian power outlet by using the 30-pin Apple connector with a Type F USB adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone using an Egyptian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should typically include the cable with the iPhone.
  2. First plug in the Type F USB power adapter into the Egyptian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins and a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in 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. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone from an Egyptian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Egyptian page on Wikipedia.org
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, around $10.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, around $5.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, costs under $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15.