Charging your iPhone from a power outlet in Tanzania

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone with a Tanzanian power outlet with the 30-pin Apple cable with a Type G power adapter and how to power the iPhone using a Type D USB charger.

Tanzanian power outlet

When organizing a trip it can often be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to use any important gadgets at your hotel. Without knowing which power socket is being used you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you having to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you need to recharge which might be incompatible and damage the device. Different standards and sockets can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to buy in advance to charge your iPhone . When you are visiting Tanzania the following useful instructions show how to charge the iPhone by using their types G or D 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type G plug outlets will be used by a majority of Tanzanians. When travelling to Tanzania from a different country ensure your iPhone can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you're planning to stay somewhere such as Dar es Salaam we also suggest reading the Wikipedia.org web page about Tanzania [1] for more indepth information.

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Charging the iPhone in Tanzania

Can you use the iPhone in Tanzania?

You can use the iPhone in Tanzania.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone in Tanzania?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just your iPhone then the best international travel adapter for Tanzania is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Tanzanians use two different types of power outlets (G and D) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Tanzania we recommend buying a versatile power adapter of this nature online; the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Tanzania

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, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Tanzania.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Tanzania. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone in Tanzania?

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

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone with a Tanzanian power outlet with the 30-pin Apple cable with a Type G power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone using a Tanzanian power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should normally supply this USB cable with the iPhone).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the Tanzanian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by three rectangular holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes roughly one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Tanzanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Tanzanian power outlet

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type D USB charger to power the iPhone from a Tanzanian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone from a Tanzanian power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - typically already included with the iPhone.
  2. Plug the Type D USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify the power supply by the three round holes in a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the cord into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up which should take between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Tanzanian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org web page about Tanzania
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  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, priced at C$10-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 C$10-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, around C$15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.