How to charge the iPhone 3G when staying in Burundi

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3G from a Burundian power outlet and how to recharge the iPhone 3G using a two pin Type E USB adapter.

Burundian power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to visit another country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what to buy in advance to charge your iPhone 3G in Burundi. If you are going to travel to Burundi the following instructions show charging your iPhone 3G by using the standard types E or C Burundian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If you are travelling to Burundi from a different country check your iPhone 3G can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone 3G originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPhone 3G is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. If you intend to stay at a Burundian place like Bujumbura or Muyinga we suggest referring to the wikipedia.org page about Burundi [1] for further information on visiting the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Burundi

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Burundi?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a Burundian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Burundi?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for Burundi to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of plug sockets that Barundi use (types E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied 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 changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 3G at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for an adaptable power charger similar to this online - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Burundi

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 3G, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Burundi 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 going to Burundi.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 Burundi. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Burundi?

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Burundian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3G from a Burundian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 3G using a Burundian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is usually already supplied with the iPhone 3G by Apple).
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This unearthed power outlet can be identified by two circular holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Turn on the Burundian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Burundian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Burundian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3G from a Burundian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3G from a Burundian power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPhone 3G).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This round power supply (called a Type E power outlet [6] or CEE 7/7 outlet) can be recognised by the two 4.8mm holes 19mm apart from each other where the two pins slide into and one metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Turn on the Burundian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Burundian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Burundi
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G 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 under C$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, under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, C$15-C$20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, C$15-C$20.