How to charge the iPhone 4 from a power outlet in Argentina

A step-by-step guide showing how to charge your iPhone 4 from an Argentinean power outlet using a 30 pin connector and a 2 pinned Type C power charger and how to charge the iPhone 4 using a three pinned Type I USB charger.

Argentinean power outlet

If packing for a holiday it can often be helpful to know if you'll be able to charge any indispensable devices when you get there. But without knowing which wall socket to expect you may bring the wrong power adaptor, meaning needing to purchase a suitable adaptor on arrival which might not be compatible. Varying different standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on visiting a different country especially for the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 4 when you're in Argentina.If you're going to Argentina this page has instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 4 using the standard Type I or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Argentinians normally use the Type I plugs in their power outlets. When you are visiting Argentina from a different region please ensure that your iPhone 4 can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone 4 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v check your iPhone 4 is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Argentina

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Argentina?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 4 in Argentina by using a power convertor.

Argentina

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Argentina?

If you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Argentina is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Argentineans use two different types of plug sockets (types I and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPhone 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters for your Argentinean trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for a multipurpose travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer, the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Argentina

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Argentina.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 is a more cost effective alternative to 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 a more 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Argentina. [8]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Argentina?

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

A step-by-step guide showing how to charge your iPhone 4 from an Argentinean power outlet using a 30 pin connector and a 2 pinned Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 4 from an Argentinean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should usually include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 4.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  3. Then connect one end of the charging cord into the bottom of the mains 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. Turn on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is recharging which should take around one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from an Argentinean power outlet

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

Instructions on how to power your iPhone 4 with an Argentinean power outlet by using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a Type I power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 4 from an Argentinean power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should usually include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 4.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type I USB power adapter in the power outlet. This plug outlet, technically called a Type I power outlet [6], can be identified by three thin slots in an upside-down triangle pattern with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth blades. Please note that the neutral and live pins are configured reversed compared to Australian and Chinese plug outlets, please check that your Type I power adaptor is compatible in Argentina.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power 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 Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up which takes roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from an Argentinean power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org page about Argentina
  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, priced 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, £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, around £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.