How to charge the iPhone 3G when staying in Niger

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Nigerien power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type A power charger, recharging the iPhone 3G using a Type B power plug and how to recharge the iPhone 3G using a Type C power plug

Nigerien power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to visit a foreign country if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 3G when going to Niger.If you are staying in Niger the following instructions show powering your iPhone 3G using their D, A, B, C, E or F type 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. When you are visiting Niger from a different region make sure that the iPhone 3G can accept a 240 volt 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 a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Niger

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Niger?

You can use the iPhone 3G in Niger.

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

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Niger is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are six standards of wall outlets in Niger (types D, A, B, C, E and F) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs 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 plugs. If your iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power adapters, and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPhone 3G at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Niger

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Niger using 3 pinned type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Niger. [16] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Niger?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Nigerien power outlet

A page on how to power your iPhone 3G from a Nigerien power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a three pin Type A USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3G using a Nigerien power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type A USB power adapter into the Nigerien power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 slots next to each other where the twin blades slide into. Please note that power cords used with type A plugs which are rated at less that 240 V should not be used so we suggest checking prior to continuing.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cord 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. Switch on the Nigerien power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which should take roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity. [AD]
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Nigerien power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Nigerien power outlet

Using a USB 30-pin connector and a Type B power charger to power your iPhone 3G from a Nigerien power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 3G from the Nigerien power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3G).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the Nigerien power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin. Note power cables with type B sockets which are rated at 125 volts shouldn't be used in Niger so please check prior to proceeding.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into 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 Nigerien 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 phone is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity. [AD]
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Nigerien power outlet

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Nigerien power outlet

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger to power your iPhone 3G from a Nigerien power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 3G using a Nigerien power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Nigerien power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Nigerien 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 phone is powering up which takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge. [AD]
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Nigerien power outlet

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

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Nigerien power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type D power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3G from the Nigerien power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 3G).
  2. Plug in the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply (called a Type D power outlet [10]) looks like three round holes forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin 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. Switch on the Nigerien power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge. [AD]
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Nigerien power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Nigerien power outlet

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 3G from a Nigerien power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type E USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3G using a Nigerien power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [13] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the Nigerien power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two 4.8mm round holes 19mm apart from each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into plus a single long metal grounding pin protruding from the top forming a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cord 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. Switch on the Nigerien power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which should take roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity. [AD]
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Nigerien power outlet

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Nigerien power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type F power charger to power your iPhone 3G from a Nigerien power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3G from the Nigerien power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [15] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 3G).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This round power supply, also known as the Schuko plug, can be recognised by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes and grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Nigerien 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 mobile is charging which should take roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge. [AD]
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Nigerien power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Nigerien Wiki page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade.
  8. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart.
  10. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  11. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape.
  12. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  13. 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.
  14. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  15. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart.
  16. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.