Charging the iPhone 4 when staying in Samoa

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type I USB charger to power the iPhone 4 with a Samoan power outlet.

Samoan power outlet

Varying different voltages and region codes can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to prepare people wanting to charge the iPhone 4 abroad.This step by step guide will show how to charge your iPhone 4 when going to Samoa by using their 230 volt 50Hz Type I power supply. If travelling to Samoa from a different country ensure that the iPhone 4 can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. If you are planning on travelling to a destination such as Apia or Vaitele please read the wikipedia.org entry about Samoa [1] for more indepth details on travelling to the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Samoa

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Samoa?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 4 to a Samoan power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 4 in Samoa?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 4 the best travel power adapter for Samoa is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 4 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters for your trip. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Samoa

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 visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Samoa 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Samoa using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Samoa. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 4 in Samoa?

How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Samoan power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 4 from a Samoan power outlet using the Apple 30-pin connector and a Type I power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 4 using the Samoan power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone 4).
  2. Firstly plug the Type I USB power adapter into the Samoan power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth blades.
  3. Connect one end of the 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 Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is powering up and takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Samoan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Samoa
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, priced around £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, priced at around £5.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.