How to charge your iPhone from a power outlet in Ethiopia

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone from an Ethiopian power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a two pinned Type E USB adapter, powering the iPhone using a Type C power charger and how to charge the iPhone using a Type F USB adapter

Ethiopian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country if you've never visited before. This page has simple instructions demonstrating exactly how to charge your iPhone when you're visiting Ethiopia by using the E, C, F or L type 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. When you are travelling to Ethiopia from another country please ensure that the iPhone can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure the iPhone is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it.

This page details the iPhone 1st 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 are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Ethiopia

Can you use the iPhone in Ethiopia?

Yes, you can use the iPhone in Ethiopia by using the correct power adaptor.

Ethiopia

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone in Ethiopia?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel adapter for Ethiopia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four types of wall outlets in Ethiopia (types E, C, F and L) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your type of iPhone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Ethiopia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come 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 travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Ethiopia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Ethiopia. [12]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone in Ethiopia?

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

Using a 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C USB charger to power your iPhone from an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone using an Ethiopian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply this cable with your iPhone).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Ethiopian power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the power 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 Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which typically takes between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPhone with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPhone with an Ethiopian power outlet by using an Apple 30 pin cable and a Type E power adapter.

  1. In order to power your iPhone using an Ethiopian power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will usually supply this cable with your iPhone).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the power supply. This round power outlet can be identified by two 4.8mm holes 19mm apart from each other for live and neutral plus a single long metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord 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. Switch on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking between 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone with an Ethiopian power outlet with an Apple 30 pin cable and a Type F power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone from the Ethiopian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include this cable when you first purchase your iPhone.
  2. Plug the Type F USB power adapter in the Ethiopian power outlet. The recessed circular power supply, also called a Schuko plug, can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go and thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cord 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. Switch on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone from an Ethiopian power outlet

How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPhone from an Ethiopian power outlet

Using a 30 pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter to recharge your iPhone from an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone from the Ethiopian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type L USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include this cable when you first purchase your iPhone.
  2. Insert the Type L USB power adapter in the Ethiopian power outlet. The flattened hexagon shaped power supply, sometimes called a Type L power outlet [10], looks like 3 holes in a line for live, neutral and earth pins. Note there are two variations of Type L wall supply, one rated for 10 amps and one at 16 amps. The 10 amp power supply has 4mm pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm pins that are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect one end of the cable into the power charger 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 Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPhone from an Ethiopian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia web page about Ethiopia
  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, costs under $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, estimated cost between $5 to $10.
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. 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, between $10 to $15.
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. 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, between $10 to $15.
  10. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  11. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, priced under $15.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15.