Charging the iPhone 4 from a power outlet in Chile

A guide showing how to power your iPhone 4 with a Chilean power outlet with the 30-pin Apple connector with a two pinned Type C power adapter and powering the iPhone 4 using a Type L power adapter.

Chilean power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and region codes can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country if you've never visited before. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 4 abroad.When you are visiting Chile the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the iPhone 4 by using the Type L or C Chilean 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, please note Type L plug outlets are typically used by a majority of Chileans. If travelling to Chile from a different country please ensure your iPhone 4 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Chile

Can the iPhone 4 be used in Chile?

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

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

When travelling to multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Chile is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of wall outlets in Chile (L and C) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your type of iPhone 4 supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, and compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. This will allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your Chilean trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being suitable for recharging your iPhone 4 at an airport or on the flight. Because of 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 smartphones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Chile

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Chile 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 best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Chile.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Chile.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Chile?

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

A guide showing how to power your iPhone 4 with a Chilean power outlet with the 30-pin Apple connector with a two pinned Type C power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 4 from the Chilean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually already included with the iPhone 4.
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. This ungrounded power outlet, also known as the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, can be recognised by the 2 circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the cord into the bottom of 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. Switch on the Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging taking around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Chilean power outlet

How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Chilean power outlet

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

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 4 from a Chilean power outlet you will need to use a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this USB cable is usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type L USB power adapter in the Chilean power outlet. This squashed hexagon shaped wall supply, technically called a Type L power outlet [6], can be identified by three circular adjecent holes in a line. Note there are two different variations of Type L plug outlet, one rated for 10 amps and one at 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm round pins spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst a 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB 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 Chilean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is charging, typically taking between one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type L power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Chilean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chile - Chilean Wikipedia web page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  7. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters