Charging the iPhone 4 when staying in Mongolia

A guide on how to charge the iPhone 4 from a Mongolian power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a two pin Type C USB charger and powering the iPhone 4 using a two pinned Type E power charger.

Mongolian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and region codes can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This page is a step-by-step guide telling you how to power your iPhone 4 when you are visiting Mongolia using the standard E or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power supplies vary regionally therefore we suggest reading the Asia and power supplies page for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Mongolia from a different region please check that your iPhone 4 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Mongolia

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Mongolia?

You can connect the iPhone 4 to a Mongolian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

Mongolia

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

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 4 and visiting multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Mongolia is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Mongolians use two different standards of wall outlets (types E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your iPhone 4 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers along with support for more power hungry devices.

This will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters. Only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets using just a single plug socket.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Mongolia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America going to Mongolia using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives 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 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Mongolia. [8]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 4 in Mongolia?

Powering the iPhone 4 with a Mongolian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A guide on how to charge the iPhone 4 from a Mongolian power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a two pin Type C USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 4 from a Mongolian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should normally include this cable when you purchase your iPhone 4).
  2. Firstly plug the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. The power supply (sometimes called a Europlug) can be recognised by the two adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the USB mains 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. Turn on the Mongolian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Mongolian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 4 from a Mongolian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a two pin Type E USB charger to recharge the iPhone 4 from a Mongolian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 4 using a Mongolian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug in the Type E USB power adapter in the power outlet. The sunken round power outlet can be recognised by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes for live and neutral pins plus a metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the 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 Mongolian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 4 from a Mongolian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Mongolian Wikipedia web 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, 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, around $5.
  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, costing between $10 to $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at between $15 to $20.