Charging the iPhone 4 when visiting Ethiopia

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type F USB charger, how to charge the iPhone 4 using a 2 pin Type C power adapter and how to power the iPhone 4 using a 2 pin Type E power adapter

Ethiopian power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. If visiting Ethiopia these instructions show powering the iPhone 4 by using their standard E, C, F or L type Ethiopian 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If you are visiting Ethiopia from another country make sure that the iPhone 4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 4 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Ethiopia

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Ethiopia?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 4 to an Ethiopian power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 4 in Ethiopia?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 4 and visiting multiple countries the best international travel charger for Ethiopia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four standards of plug sockets in Ethiopia (E, C, F and L) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPhone 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Ethiopian trip. By only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for recharging your iPhone 4 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel to different places we suggest searching for a versatile power charger like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous 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 around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Ethiopia using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Ethiopia. [12] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 4 in Ethiopia?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet with the Apple 30-pin connector with a Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 4 using the Ethiopian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPhone 4).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Ethiopian power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB power 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 Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is powering up and takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type E power adapter to power the iPhone 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the iPhone 4.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two 4.8mm round holes 19mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins plus one long metal grounding pin protruding in the top in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the USB power 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 Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is powering up and takes around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet

Charging the iPhone 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type F USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 4 using the Ethiopian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually include this USB cable with the iPhone 4).
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Ethiopian power outlet. You can identify the power outlet by the two large adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins, plus two grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB power 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 Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 4 from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 4 with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type L power charger to recharge your iPhone 4 with an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 4 using the Ethiopian power outlet you will need to use a Type L USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually include this USB cable with the iPhone 4).
  2. Insert the Type L USB power adapter in the Ethiopian power outlet. You can identify the squashed hexagon shaped plug supply by the three circular holes in a line for live, neutral and earth. There are two different variations of Type L plug supply rated for 10 and 16 amps. The 10 amp wall outlet has 4mm thick pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart whilst a 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power 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. Switch on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is charging which should take roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4 with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Ethiopia Wiki page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  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 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, costing 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, priced 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, estimated cost under $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, under $15.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20.