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

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

Swazi power outlet

Various voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. This useful guide shows what you'll need to charge the iPhone 3G when travelling to Swaziland by using their 230 volt 50Hz M Type power outlet. When you are travelling to Swaziland from another region please ensure that the iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device 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 over-heating when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Swaziland

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Swaziland?

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

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

If travelling with more than your iPhone 3G the best travel charger for Swaziland is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters on your trip to Swaziland. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall 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 and using just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for a flexible power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Swaziland

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, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Swaziland using 3 pinned type B US 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. This is a much cheaper 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 a more 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 Swaziland. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Swaziland?

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

Using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3G from a Swazi power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 3G using a Swazi power outlet you will need a Type M USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is usually already supplied with the device).
  2. Plug the Type M USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet (sometimes called a Type M power outlet [3]) looks like 3 holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable 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 Swazi power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is recharging taking roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Swazi power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Swaziland Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  4. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, 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, estimated price around C$15.