How to charge the iPhone 4 when planning a trip to Pakistan

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 4 with a Pakistani power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a Type C power charger, charging the iPhone 4 using a three pin Type G USB charger and how to charge the iPhone 4 using a three pinned Type D power plug

Pakistani power outlet

Various standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country if you've never been there before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPhone 4 in Pakistan. This page was specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 4 abroad.When visiting Pakistan these instructions show how to power the iPhone 4 using the standard Type G, C, D or M 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. If visiting Pakistan from a different country ensure the iPhone 4 can accept a 240v supply. If your iPhone 4 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPhone 4 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Pakistan

Can the iPhone 4 be used in Pakistan?

You can use the iPhone 4 in Pakistan by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4 in Pakistan?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 4 then the best travel charger for Pakistan to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Pakistanis use four different standards of power outlets (G, C, D and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of iPhone 4 can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Pakistan

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Pakistan and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Pakistan.
  • 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. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Pakistan. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 4 in Pakistan?

Charging the iPhone 4 from a Pakistani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type G power charger to recharge the iPhone 4 with a Pakistani power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 4 from a Pakistani power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually already included with your iPhone 4 by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter in the Pakistani power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 rectangular holes containing shutters forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 4 from a Pakistani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Pakistani power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a 2 pinned Type C power charger to charge the iPhone 4 from a Pakistani power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 4 from a Pakistani power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is usually already included with your iPhone 4 by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Pakistani power outlet. This plug outlet, also called a Europlug, is identified by two holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins sit.
  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 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Turn on the Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Pakistani power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Pakistani power outlet

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone 4 with a Pakistani power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a 3 pinned Type D power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 4 using the Pakistani power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally supply this cable when you buy the iPhone 4).
  2. Start by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by three round holes in a triangle shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the USB 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 Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up which should take between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Pakistani power outlet

Powering the iPhone 4 with a Pakistani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type M USB charger to recharge the iPhone 4 with a Pakistani power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 4 from the Pakistani power outlet you will need a Type M USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 4).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type M USB power adapter into the Pakistani power outlet. The wall supply, technically known as the Type M power outlet [10], can be identified by 3 circular holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging which should take around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Pakistani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Pakistan
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, costing £15-£20.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, costs 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, costs under £10.
  8. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, estimated price £5-£10.
  10. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  11. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, priced £5-£10.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.