Charging the iPhone 3G when visiting Gabon

How to connect a Gabonese power outlet to the iPhone 3G

Gabonese power outlet

Varying complicated region codes and plugs can all be daunting when planning on staying in a new country if you've never been there before. These guidelines have been written to help prepare visitors wanting to charge the iPhone 3G when they are visiting Gabon.When visiting Gabon these instructions show how to power your iPhone 3G using the standard 220 volt 50Hz C Type wall outlet, with the Gabonese using Europlugs for wall outlets. When visiting Gabon from another country check your iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check your iPhone 3G is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. If you're planning to visit a city such as Libreville we recommend reading the Gabon country Wiki page [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Gabon

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Gabon?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3G to a Gabonese power outlet.

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

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G the best travel adapter for Gabon to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of iPhone 3G can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters for your trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPhone 3G at an airport or on a plane. 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 be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with only a single power outlet.

If you travel to different continents we recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Gabon

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 3G, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Gabon and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Gabon.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Gabon. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3G in Gabon?

Charging the iPhone 3G from a Gabonese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a 2 pinned Type C power charger to charge the iPhone 3G from a Gabonese power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 3G from a Gabonese power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Gabonese power outlet. This unearthed power outlet, sometimes called a Europlug, can be identified by 2 adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the mains USB 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. Switch on the Gabonese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone 3G will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging and takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3G from a Gabonese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Gabon country Wiki page
  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, priced 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, C$10-C$15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around C$15.