Charging your iPhone 4 from a power outlet in Sri Lanka

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a 3 pin Type D power adapter to recharge your iPhone 4 with a Sri Lankan power outlet, charging the iPhone 4 using a three pinned Type G power adapter and charging the iPhone 4 using a three pin Type M power adapter

Sri Lankan power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 4 when staying in Sri Lanka.This page contains instructions telling you what you'll need to power your iPhone 4 when staying in Sri Lanka using their standard G, D or M type Sri Lankan 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type G wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Sri Lankans. When travelling to Sri Lanka from a different country please make sure that your iPhone 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Sri Lanka

Can the iPhone 4 be used in Sri Lanka?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 4 to a Sri Lankan power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

Sri Lanka

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 4 in Sri Lanka?

If travelling to more than one country then the best travel charger for Sri Lanka is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three standards of plug sockets in Sri Lanka (G, D and M) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied heads. If your iPhone 4 supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers on your Sri Lankan trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 4 at the airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel charger of this nature online; the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Sri Lanka

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Sri Lanka. [10]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 4 in Sri Lanka?

Powering the iPhone 4 with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a 30-pin Apple cable with a Type G power adapter to power the iPhone 4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPhone 4 using the Sri Lankan power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include this USB cable with the iPhone 4).
  2. Start by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the power outlet. The wall outlet (known as a Type G power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 3 vertical holes with plastic shutters in a triangular shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains 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. Turn on the Sri Lankan 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 charging which should take between one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone 4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type D USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the USB cable when you buy your iPhone 4).
  2. Firstly plug the Type D USB power adapter in the Sri Lankan power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the three circular holes in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains 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 Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 4 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is powering up and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet

Using a 30-pin Apple connector with a Type M power adapter to power the iPhone 4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet you'll need a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type M USB power adapter into the Sri Lankan power outlet. This plug supply, technically known as a Type M power outlet [8], looks like three round holes in a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains 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. Turn on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is charging which takes between 1 to 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Sri Lankan power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Sri Lankan country wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, priced 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 D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, under $15.
  8. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, between $10 to $15.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price between $15 to $20.