Charging the iPhone 4 when planning a trip to Bolivia

Instructions on how to power the iPhone 4 from a Bolivian power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type A USB charger and how to power the iPhone 4 using a 2 pin Type C power charger.

Bolivian power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country for the first time traveller. If visiting Bolivia these instructions show how to supply power to the iPhone 4 by using their standard C or A type Bolivian 115 volt 50Hz power outlets. If the iPhone 4 charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Bolivia from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that your iPhone 4 is dual-voltage (normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Bolivia

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Bolivia?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 4 to a Bolivian power outlet.

Bolivia

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 4 then the best travel charger for Bolivia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets that Bolivians use (C and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPhone 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

This will allow you to charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone 4 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel often we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Bolivia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Bolivia and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from America going to Bolivia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Bolivia. [8]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 4 in Bolivia?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Bolivian power outlet

Instructions on how to power the iPhone 4 from a Bolivian power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type A USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 4 using the Bolivian power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually supplied with your iPhone 4 by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply (sometimes called the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the two adjacent slots where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable 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 Bolivian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Bolivian power outlet

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

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger to charge your iPhone 4 with a Bolivian power outlet.

  1. To power your iPhone 4 using the Bolivian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPhone 4.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Bolivian power outlet. This unearthed power supply (sometimes called the Type C power outlet [6] or Europlug) can be identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of 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 Bolivian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Bolivian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Bolivia 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 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, priced around $5.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, under $15.
  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.