Charging the iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Gambia

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

Gambian power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and region codes can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. If staying in Gambia the following instructions show how to power the iPhone 3G by using a 230 volt 50Hz Type G Gambian power outlet, the Gambians will use a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. Power supplies change regionally therefore we recommend reading the Africa and power supplies page for a full list of regions and countries. If you are visiting Gambia from another region please check your iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 3G was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating when powering up. If you intend on staying at a Gambian city like Serekunda refer to the Gambian Wikipedia web page [1] for further details on visiting the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Gambia

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Gambia?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a Gambian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3G in Gambia?

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 3G and visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for Gambia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Gambian trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for a versatile power charger of this nature online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Gambia

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 visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Gambia 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Gambia.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Gambia. [6] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3G in Gambia?

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Gambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using the 30-pin Apple connector with a 3 pin Type G USB charger to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Gambian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3G from a Gambian power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - normally already supplied with your iPhone 3G by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. This plug supply (known as the Type G power outlet [3]) looks like 3 vertical rectangular slots in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Gambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 3G screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging, typically taking roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Gambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Gambian Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, under C$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, costs under C$15.
  6. 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.