Charging the iPhone 4 when planning a trip to Uruguay

Instructions showing you how to power the iPhone 4 from a Uruguayan power outlet with the Apple USB 30-pin connector with a Type C USB charger, powering the iPhone 4 using a two pin Type F power adapter and how to power the iPhone 4 using a 3 pin Type L power charger

Uruguayan power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge your iPhone 4 . These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 4 when travelling abroad.This page contains a guide telling you exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone 4 when staying in Uruguay using the types F, C, I or L 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, a majority of Uruguayans will use the Type F power outlets. You will find power is different regionally therefore we suggest reading the South America page for a complete list of regions and countries. When visiting Uruguay from another region ensure your iPhone 4 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your iPhone 4 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Uruguay

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Uruguay?

You can use the iPhone 4 in Uruguay by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 4 in Uruguay?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 4 then the best travel charger for Uruguay to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four different types of power outlets that Uruguayans use (F, C, I and L) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPhone 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

This will also allow you to charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone 4 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Uruguay

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Uruguay and over 150 destinations:

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

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

Instructions showing you how to power the iPhone 4 from a Uruguayan power outlet with the Apple 30-pin connector with a Type C USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 4 using a Uruguayan power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPhone 4).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB power 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 Uruguayan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging taking around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Uruguayan power outlet

Charging the iPhone 4 from a Uruguayan power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 4 with a Uruguayan power outlet using a 30-pin connector with a 2 pin Type F power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 4 from a Uruguayan power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPhone 4).
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter in the Uruguayan power outlet. This recessed round plug supply can be recognised by two circular holes 19 mm apart from each other where the two plug outlet pins slide into and a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power 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 Uruguayan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is powering up and takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 4 from a Uruguayan power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 4 with a Uruguayan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type L USB charger to charge your iPhone 4 with a Uruguayan power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 4 from a Uruguayan power outlet you'll need a Type L USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPhone 4).
  2. Insert the Type L USB power adapter into the Uruguayan power outlet. You can identify the hexagon shaped power outlet by three round holes forming a line. Note there are two types of Type L power supply, one rated at 10 amps and one for 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm round pins spaced 5.5mm apart, and the 16 amp version has larger 5mm round pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB 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 Uruguayan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Uruguayan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org web page about Uruguay
  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, estimated cost £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, £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. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  9. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, estimated price £25-£30.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.