How to charge your iPhone 4 from a power outlet in Bulgaria

Using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C USB charger to power your iPhone 4 from a Bulgarian power outlet and charging the iPhone 4 using a 2 pinned Type F USB charger.

Bulgarian power outlet

Various voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially for the first time traveller. If you're visiting Bulgaria these useful instructions show how to supply power to your iPhone 4 using their standard types F or C Bulgarian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are visiting Bulgaria from another region please ensure that the iPhone 4 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the iPhone 4 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 overheating when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Bulgaria

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Bulgaria?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4 in Bulgaria by using the correct power adaptor.

Bulgaria

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 4 in Bulgaria?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 4 then the best international travel charger for Bulgaria is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Bulgarians use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPhone 4 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power adapters on your trip to Bulgaria. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Bulgaria

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Bulgaria 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 most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Bulgaria using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Bulgaria. [8]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 4 in Bulgaria?

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

Using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C USB charger to power your iPhone 4 from a Bulgarian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 4 using the Bulgarian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually supply this cable with your iPhone 4.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Bulgarian power outlet. The plug outlet, also called a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, is recognised by two circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord 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 Bulgarian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 4 from a Bulgarian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 4 with a Bulgarian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type F USB charger to power your iPhone 4 from a Bulgarian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 4 using a Bulgarian power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally supply this cable when you first purchase your iPhone 4.
  2. Firstly insert the Type F USB power adapter into the wall outlet. This sunken circular plug outlet can be identified by two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord 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 Bulgarian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Bulgarian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Bulgaria Wikipedia web 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, around £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, priced £5-£10.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. 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, £15-£20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.