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

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a Type G power charger to power your iPhone 3G from a Ugandan power outlet.

Ugandan power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 3G when abroad.If you are going to travel to Uganda the following instructions show charging your iPhone 3G using a 240 volt 50Hz Type G Ugandan wall outlet, with the Ugandans using a 13 amp plug for charging. When you are travelling to Uganda from another region please ensure the iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 3G came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check that your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it. If you are planning to stay at a Ugandan place such as Kampala or Gulu we suggest referring to the wikipedia.org page about Uganda [1] for further information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Uganda

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Uganda?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3G in Uganda.

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

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel power adapter for Uganda to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for recharging your iPhone 3G at the airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Uganda

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, 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 Uganda.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This offers almost 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 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Uganda. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Uganda?

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

Using an Apple 30-pin cable with a Type G power charger to power your iPhone 3G from a Ugandan power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 3G from a Ugandan power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the Ugandan power outlet. The plug outlet (technically known as a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like three vertical rectangular holes containing plastic shutters forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord 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 Ugandan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is recharging which typically takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Ugandan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Uganda
  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, 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, 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, priced at C$15-C$20.