How to charge the iPhone from a power outlet in Mali

A guide showing how to power the iPhone with a Malian power outlet with a USB 30-pin cable and a two pin Type C USB charger and how to recharge the iPhone using a 2 pinned Type E power plug.

Malian power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on travelling to another country to the first time traveller. This page has step-by-step instructions telling you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPhone when staying in Mali by using the E or C type Malian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You'll discover that most power sources are different regionally so we suggest that you read the Wiki Connections travel power connections page where you'll find a complete list of regions. If you are visiting Mali from a different country please ensure that the iPhone can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your iPhone is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you plan on visiting a Malian destination like Bamako or Sikasso we also recommend referring to the wikipedia page about Mali [1] for further information.

This page details the iPhone first generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for the full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Mali

Can the iPhone be used in Mali?

You can use the iPhone in Mali by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone in Mali?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone then the best travel charger for Mali to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Malians use (types E and C) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPhone can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single international travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Mali

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, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Mali.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Mali. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone in Mali?

Charging the iPhone from a Malian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a 2 pinned Type C power charger to recharge the iPhone with a Malian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone using a Malian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include the cable with your iPhone).
  2. Firstly insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Malian power outlet. This unearthed wall outlet can be recognised by the 2 holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Malian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone from a Malian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Malian power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type E power adapter to charge the iPhone from a Malian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone using a Malian power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPhone.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type E USB power adapter into the Malian power outlet. The sunken round wall outlet (called a Type E power outlet [6] or CEE 7/7 outlet) can be recognised by the two holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit and a long metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangular configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Malian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging taking roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Malian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Mali
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  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, under £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, costing around £5.
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. 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, priced at £5-£10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing £10-£15.