How to charge the iPhone in Argentina

Instructions on how to charge the iPhone from an Argentinean power outlet by using an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a Type C USB adapter and charging the iPhone using a Type I USB charger.

Argentinean power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPhone . This page was written to help prepare visitors wanting to power the iPhone abroad.The following step by step guide will show you exactly how to supply power to your iPhone when staying in Argentina using their standard types I or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Argentines will use the Type I plugs in their power outlets. If visiting Argentina from a different country ensure that the iPhone can be used with a 240 volt 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 to stay in a place like Buenos Aires or San Juan we suggest reading the wikipedia page about Argentina [1] for more indepth information on the location.

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 the full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Argentina

Can the iPhone be used in Argentina?

Yes, you can use the iPhone in Argentina.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Argentina?

When travelling with more than your iPhone the best travel power adapter for Argentina is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of wall outlets in Argentina (types I and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the included heads. If your type of iPhone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, and support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring multiple power chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPhone at the airport or on a flight. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to Argentina we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Argentina

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, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Argentina and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor 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 Argentina using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 Argentina. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Argentina?

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

Using a 30 pin cable and a two pinned Type C power charger to charge the iPhone from an Argentinean power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone from an Argentinean power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should typically include the cable when you buy the iPhone.
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go.
  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. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Argentinean 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 between one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone with an Argentinean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPhone with an Argentinean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone with an Argentinean power outlet using the Apple 30-pin cable and a Type I power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone from an Argentinean power outlet you will need to use a Type I USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPhone.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type I USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by three thin slots in a triangular shape with a single vertical pin at the base and the top pair of slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth. Note that the neutral and live blades are configured reversed compared to Chinese and Australian plug outlets, please check that your Type I power adaptor is compatible in Argentina.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable 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. Turn on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone with an Argentinean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Argentina
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  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, under £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, estimated cost £5-£10.
  6. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  7. 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, £10-£15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.