How to charge the iPhone 4S when planning a trip to Niger

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 4S with a Nigerien power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector and a Type C power adapter, charging the iPhone 4S using a Type A USB adapter and powering the iPhone 4S using a three pin Type B USB charger

Nigerien power outlet

Differing combinations of standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially if you've never visited before. When you are travelling to Niger this page has useful instructions showing how to supply power to your iPhone 4S by using the D, A, B, C, E or F type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power sources will vary from region to region therefore please read our Wiki Connections global power sockets guide for a complete list of countries. When you are visiting Niger from another region please make sure your iPhone 4S can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you intend on travelling to a place like Niamey we also recommend referring to the Niger Wikipedia web page [1] for further information on the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Niger

Can the iPhone 4S be used in Niger?

You can use the iPhone 4S in Niger by using the correct power convertor.

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

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 4S and visiting more than one country the best travel adapter for Niger to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Nigeriens use six different standards of wall outlets (D, A, B, C, E and F) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these 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 included plugs. If your model of iPhone 4S is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate power adapters. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with only a single power outlet.

If you travel to Niger we recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Niger

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via 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 travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Niger 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 option for travellers originating from America visiting Niger.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Niger. [16] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4S in Niger?

Powering the iPhone 4S with a Nigerien power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type A USB charger to power the iPhone 4S with a Nigerien power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 4S from the Nigerien power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 4S).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Nigerien power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the two pins go. Note power cables used with type A plugs which are rated at 125 volts should not be used so please check first.
  3. Connect 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 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Switch on the Nigerien power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging which typically takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Nigerien power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 4S with a Nigerien power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using a USB 30-pin connector and a 3 pinned Type B power charger to charge the iPhone 4S from a Nigerien power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 4S from the Nigerien power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 4S).
  2. Begin by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the Nigerien power outlet. The power supply, sometimes known as the Type B power outlet [6], is identified by two slots parallel to each other where the short live and neutral plug outlet blades sit with a semicircular shaped hole below for the earthed pin. Please be aware power cords used with type B sockets which are rated at 125 V should not be used in Niger so please check first.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable 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 Nigerien power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is charging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Nigerien power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Nigerien power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a Type C power charger to charge the iPhone 4S from a Nigerien power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 4S from a Nigerien power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will normally supply this cable when you buy the iPhone 4S.
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the Nigerien power outlet. This plug outlet, also called the Europlug, can be identified by two holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins sit.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into 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 Nigerien power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Nigerien power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Nigerien power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 4S with a Nigerien power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a Type D power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 4S using the Nigerien power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone 4S).
  2. Start by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. The plug supply, sometimes called the Type D power outlet [10], looks like three circular holes in a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the mains 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. Turn on the Nigerien power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up which typically takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Nigerien power outlet

Powering the iPhone 4S with a Nigerien power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type E USB charger to power the iPhone 4S with a Nigerien power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 4S from the Nigerien power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [13] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually already included with your device by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type E USB power adapter into the Nigerien power outlet. This round plug outlet can be identified by the two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral with a single long metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect 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 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Switch on the Nigerien power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging which typically takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4S with a Nigerien power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Nigerien power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a Type F power charger to charge the iPhone 4S from a Nigerien power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 4S using a Nigerien power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [15] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 4S.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm next to each other where the two plug outlet pins go, plus a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into 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 Nigerien power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 4S from a Nigerien power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Niger Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, between $10 to $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 between $5 to $10.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, estimated cost under $10.
  8. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, between $10 to $15.
  10. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  11. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, between $10 to $15.
  12. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  13. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, under $15.
  14. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  15. 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, costing under $15.
  16. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at between $10 to $15.