How to charge the iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Ghana

Using a 30 pin Apple connector and a three pinned Type G USB adapter to charge the iPhone 3G from a Ghanaian power outlet and charging the iPhone 3G using a 3 pinned Type D power plug.

Ghanaian power outlet

Varying complicated region codes and plug types can all cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country to the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3G when Ghana.When staying in Ghana these useful instructions show charging your iPhone 3G using the standard types G or D Ghanaian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are visiting Ghana from a different country make sure that the iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 3G was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Ghana

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Ghana?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a Ghanaian power outlet.

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

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for Ghana 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 Ghanaians use (types G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers for your trip to Ghana. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online, the power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Ghana

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following 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 converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Ghana using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and gives practically 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 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Ghana. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3G in Ghana?

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

Using a 30 pin Apple connector and a three pinned Type G USB adapter to charge the iPhone 3G from a Ghanaian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3G from a Ghanaian power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already supplied with the iPhone 3G).
  2. Start by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the Ghanaian power outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by 3 vertical rectangular holes containing plastic shutters in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect 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 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Turn on the Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is recharging which should take around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Ghanaian power outlet

Instructions on how to power your iPhone 3G from a Ghanaian power outlet with a 30 pin Apple connector and a three pinned Type D USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 3G from the Ghanaian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally supplied with the iPhone 3G by Apple).
  2. Plug in the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 3 holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cord into the power adapter 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 Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Ghanaian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Ghanaian entry on Wikipedia
  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, costing 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, priced under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, costing 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, costs under C$20.