How to charge your iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Principe

Using a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C power adapter to charge your iPhone 3G from a Prinicipe power outlet and how to charge the iPhone 3G using a two pin Type F USB charger.

Prinicipe power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPhone 3G in Principe. This page is a step by step guide telling you exactly how to charge your iPhone 3G when you're travelling to Principe using their Type F or C Prinicipe 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are visiting Principe from a different region please ensure that the iPhone 3G can be used with a 240v supply. If your iPhone 3G originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check your iPhone 3G is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from over-heating during charging. If you intend on staying in a city such as Santo António please read the wikipedia entry about Principe [1] for more information prior to the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Principe

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Principe?

You can use the iPhone 3G in Principe by using the correct power adaptor.

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

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

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers for your trip to Principe or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 3G at the airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling to Principe we recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this online, the power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Principe

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 wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Principe.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective 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 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Principe. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3G in Principe?

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

Using a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C power adapter to charge your iPhone 3G from a Prinicipe power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3G using the Prinicipe power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3G).
  2. First plug the Type C USB power adapter into the Prinicipe power outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains 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 Prinicipe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging, typically taking around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Prinicipe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Prinicipe power outlet

A guide showing how to power your iPhone 3G with a Prinicipe power outlet by using a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type F power adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 3G from the Prinicipe power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], normally supplied with the device.
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter in the Prinicipe power outlet. The round power outlet can be identified by the two large round adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go and a pair of two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into 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 Prinicipe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Prinicipe power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about Principe
  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, C$15-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 F power outlet
  7. 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, priced under 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.