How to charge the iPhone 4 when staying in India

A step-by-step guide showing you how to recharge the iPhone 4 from an Indian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple cable with a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter, how to recharge the iPhone 4 using a Type C USB charger and how to recharge the iPhone 4 using a Type D power charger

Indian power outlet

Complicated region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your iPhone 4 in India. This page has instructions which shows exactly how to charge the iPhone 4 when you are visiting India by using the standard types D, C or M Indian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, a majority of Indians use Type D sockets in their power outlets. Most power supplies will change depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore please read the WikiConnections global power connections guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different destinations. If travelling to India from another region please make sure that your iPhone 4 can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in India

Can the iPhone 4 be used in India?

You can connect the iPhone 4 to an Indian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 4 in India?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for India to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Indians use three different standards of wall outlets (D, C and M) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

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

Alternative travel adapter for India

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting India.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting India. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 4 in India?

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

A step-by-step guide showing you how to recharge the iPhone 4 from an Indian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 4 using an Indian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply the USB cable with your iPhone 4.
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 holes next to each other where the twin pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the USB 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. Switch on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from an Indian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 4 with an Indian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing you how to recharge the iPhone 4 from an Indian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 4 from the Indian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally included with your device).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and plugging it into the Indian power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type D power outlet [6]) looks like three round holes forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cable into the USB 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. Switch on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 4 with an Indian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from an Indian power outlet

A page on how to power your iPhone 4 from an Indian power outlet with a USB 30-pin cable with a Type M power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 4 using an Indian power outlet you will need a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this cable when you first purchase the iPhone 4.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type M USB power adapter in the power supply. This wall supply (called a Type M power outlet [8]) can be recognised by the three large circular holes in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the mains 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 Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type M power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from an Indian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Indian Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  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, around £5.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, estimated cost £5-£10.
  8. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  9. 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, estimated cost under £10.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.