How to charge your iPhone 4 from a power outlet in French Polynesia

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 4 from a French Polynesian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple cable with a Type B power charger, how to recharge the iPhone 4 using a two pinned Type A USB adapter and charging the iPhone 4 using a 2 pinned Type E power plug

French Polynesian power outlet

Varying complicated region codes and plug types can often be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide was specifically written to stop visitors needing to worry if they can power the iPhone 4 when they're staying abroad.These step-by-step instructions tells you exactly how to power the iPhone 4 when you're in French Polynesia using their Type E, A or B French Polynesian 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If your iPhone 4 charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to French Polynesia from another region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check your device is dual voltage (usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power 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 French Polynesia

Can the iPhone 4 be used in French Polynesia?

You can connect the iPhone 4 to a French Polynesian power outlet.

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What is the best power charger for the iPhone 4 in French Polynesia?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 4 then the best travel charger for French Polynesia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. French Polynesians use three different standards of wall outlets (E, A and B) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads. If your iPhone 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

This means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for French Polynesia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both French Polynesia 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 French Polynesia using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting French Polynesia. [10]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 4 in French Polynesia?

Powering the iPhone 4 with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a 30 pin cable with a Type A power adapter to charge the iPhone 4 with a French Polynesian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 4 using a French Polynesian power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPhone 4).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The plug outlet, technically called a Type A power outlet [3], is recognised by two slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the power cord 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. Switch on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is charging which takes around 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 4 from a French Polynesian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple cable with a Type B power charger.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 4 using a French Polynesian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include this cable with your iPhone 4.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the power outlet. This power outlet (sometimes called a Type B power outlet [6]) is recognised by the two thin slots parallel to each other with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the 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. Turn on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 4 with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using an Apple 30 pin connector and a two pin Type E USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 4 from a French Polynesian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 4 using the French Polynesian power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally include the cable when you first purchase the iPhone 4).
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug in the Type E USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The recessed circular plug supply, also called a CEE 7/7 plug, can be identified by two 4.8mm holes 19mm apart from each other for live and neutral along with one metal earth pin protruding from the top forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains 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. Turn on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 4 will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - French Polynesia country 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, 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, estimated price 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, between $10 to $15.
  8. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  9. 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, estimated cost under $15.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15.