How to charge the iPhone 4 from a power outlet in Netherlands

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 4 with a Dutch power outlet with an Apple 30-pin connector and a Type C USB adapter and how to recharge the iPhone 4 using a two pinned Type F USB adapter.

Dutch power outlet

If you are packing for a holiday it can be useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use all your important electrical devices when you arrive. Without knowing which wall socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to purchase a suitable charger when you arrive. Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be daunting when planning to stay in a different country to the first time traveller. The following step by step instructions will show exactly how to power the iPhone 4 when you're in Netherlands by using the standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware Type F wall outlets will be typically used by a majority of Dutch. You'll discover most power sockets differ regionally so we recommend reading our Wikiconnections global power sockets guide where you'll find a full list showing countries. If you are travelling to Netherlands from a different country double check your iPhone 4 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 4 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overloading when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Netherlands

Can the iPhone 4 be used in Netherlands?

You can connect the iPhone 4 to a Dutch power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4 in Netherlands?

If travelling to multiple countries the best international travel power adapter for Netherlands to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of wall outlets in Netherlands (F and C) 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 model of iPhone 4 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 travel chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPhone 4 at an airport or on the plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

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

Alternative travel adapter for Netherlands

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 wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Netherlands and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Netherlands using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 Netherlands. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4 in Netherlands?

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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 4 with a Dutch power outlet with an Apple 30-pin connector and a Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 4 from the Dutch power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include the cable when you first purchase the iPhone 4.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes called a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, is recognised by two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power 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 Dutch power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is recharging which typically takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Dutch power outlet

Powering the iPhone 4 with a Dutch power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a two pin Type F USB adapter to charge the iPhone 4 from a Dutch power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 4 using a Dutch power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply this cable with your iPhone 4.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the Dutch 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 metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the 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 Dutch power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging which typically takes between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Dutch power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia web page about Netherlands
  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, 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, costs between $5 to $10.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. 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, priced at 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, around $15.