Charging the iPhone 4 from a power outlet in Nicaragua

Using a 30 pin connector and a Type A USB charger to power the iPhone 4 from a Nicaraguan power outlet and powering the iPhone 4 using a three pinned Type B power charger.

Nicaraguan power outlet

Differing standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to charge your iPhone 4 . When you are travelling to Nicaragua these instructions show powering the iPhone 4 using the B or A type Nicaraguan 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If your iPhone 4 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when visiting Nicaragua from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your iPhone 4 is a dual voltage device (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Nicaragua

Can the iPhone 4 be used in Nicaragua?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 4 to a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Nicaragua?

When travelling to multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Nicaragua is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of plug sockets in Nicaragua (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 4 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

Having a four port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Nicaraguan trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone 4 at an airport or on the flight. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Nicaragua

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, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Nicaragua 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Nicaragua 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 from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 Nicaragua. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Nicaragua?

Charging the iPhone 4 from a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin cable and a Type A USB adapter to power the iPhone 4 with a Nicaraguan power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPhone 4 using the Nicaraguan power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPhone 4.
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the Nicaraguan power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by two slots next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the bottom of 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. Turn on the Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 4 from a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 4 with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type B power adapter to power your iPhone 4 with a Nicaraguan power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 4 using a Nicaraguan power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will normally supply the USB cable with the iPhone 4.
  2. Start by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the Nicaraguan power outlet. The wall outlet, technically called the Type B power outlet [6], can be recognised by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet blades sit with a hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable into 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 Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up taking roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Nicaragua wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, estimated price around $5.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, between $5 to $10.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, estimated price under $10.
  8. 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.