How to charge the iPhone when planning a trip to Indonesia

A step by step guide showing how to power your iPhone with an Indonesian power outlet by using an Apple USB 30-pin cable with a two pin Type C USB adapter, charging the iPhone using a Type G power adapter and how to power the iPhone using a two pinned Type F USB plug

Indonesian power outlet

Various standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a new country for the first time traveller. This guide was written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone abroad.This page has simple instructions telling you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPhone when staying in Indonesia by using their types G, C or F Indonesian 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you will find most Indonesians use Type G plug outlets. When visiting Indonesia from another country please check your iPhone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure that your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overloading during charging.

This page details the iPhone 1st generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for a full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Indonesia

Can the iPhone be used in Indonesia?

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

What is the best power charger for the iPhone in Indonesia?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone and visiting more than one country the best travel adapter for Indonesia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Indonesians use three different standards of power outlets (G, C and F) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPhone can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate power chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel 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 Indonesia

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 wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Indonesia.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Indonesia. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone in Indonesia?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone from an Indonesian power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a Type G power charger to charge the iPhone from an Indonesian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone from an Indonesian power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually include the USB cable with your iPhone).
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 rectangular holes containing shutters forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the charging cord into the bottom of the mains 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 Indonesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up taking between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone from an Indonesian power outlet

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

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPhone from an Indonesian power outlet by using an Apple 30-pin cable with a two pin Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone from the Indonesian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Indonesian power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the USB 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. Turn on the Indonesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone with an Indonesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging the iPhone from an Indonesian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone from an Indonesian power outlet by using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a Type F USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone from the Indonesian power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPhone.
  2. Plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the Indonesian power outlet. This circular plug outlet (sometimes known as the Schuko outlet) can be identified by two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other, plus metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  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. Turn on the Indonesian 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 is recharging which should take around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone from an Indonesian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Indonesian wikipedia page
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  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, priced £10-£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, estimated price £5-£10.
  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, £10-£15.
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, around £15.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced under £15.