How to charge your iPhone from a power outlet in Bolivia

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone from a Bolivian power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a three pinned Type A USB adapter and powering the iPhone using a 2 pinned Type C USB charger.

Bolivian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to pick up in advance to charge your iPhone in Bolivia. These instructions were specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone when Bolivia.This page contains step by step instructions telling you exactly how to charge your iPhone when you're visiting Bolivia by using the standard Type C or A 115 volt 50Hz power outlets. Most power sockets will change depending on which region you are visiting therefore we suggest reading the power supplies and South America page for a complete list of countries. If your iPhone charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Bolivia from another region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. If you are planning on travelling to a city such as Santa Cruz de la Sierra we also recommend reading the Wikipedia page about Bolivia [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area.

This page details the iPhone first 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 that you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Bolivia

Can you use the iPhone in Bolivia?

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

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

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone then the best international travel power adapter for Bolivia is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Bolivians use two different standards of wall outlets (C and A) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your type of iPhone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers for your trip to Bolivia. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of flexible power charger at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Bolivia

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Bolivia 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 option for travellers originating from North America visiting Bolivia.
  • 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 and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Bolivia.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone in Bolivia?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Bolivian power outlet

Instructions on how to power your iPhone from a Bolivian power outlet using a 30 pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type A USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone from the Bolivian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally supplied with the iPhone by Apple).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the Bolivian power outlet. This unearthed wall supply, sometimes called the Type A power outlet [3], is identified by two thin adjacent slots next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of 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. Switch on the Bolivian 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 is recharging taking roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Bolivian power outlet

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

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

  1. To supply power to the iPhone using the Bolivian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually supply this cable with your iPhone.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Bolivian power outlet. The plug outlet, also called a Type C power outlet [6] 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 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 Bolivian 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 from a Bolivian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolivia - Wikipedia page about Bolivia
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/0/MA616/en_US/iPhone_iOS3.1_User_Guide.pdf - The original iPhone product manual
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, costs £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, under £4.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, costs £5-£10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £15.