Charging the iPhone from a power outlet in Zimbabwe

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone from a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a USB 30 pin connector and a Type G USB charger and recharging the iPhone using a Type D power adapter.

Zimbabwe power outlet

Different combinations of standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. These guidelines have been specifically written to prevent visitors worrying if they'll be able to power their iPhone when they're going abroad.This page is a guide telling you how to supply power to your iPhone when staying in Zimbabwe using the standard G or D type Zimbabwe 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type G wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Zimbabweans. If you are travelling to Zimbabwe from a different country please check that your iPhone can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure that your iPhone is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it. If you're planning on travelling to places like Harare or Bulawayo please refer to the Zimbabwe Wikipedia web page [1] for more details on visiting the location.

This page details the iPhone 1st generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for a full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Zimbabwe

Can the iPhone be used in Zimbabwe?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone to a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone in Zimbabwe?

When travelling with more than your iPhone or visiting more than one country then the best travel power adapter for Zimbabwe is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Zimbabweans 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. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied heads. If your iPhone is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power adapters or using up additional power sockets. By only needing to bring a single USB travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Zimbabwe

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Zimbabwe and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Zimbabwe using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Zimbabwe. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone in Zimbabwe?

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

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone from a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a USB 30 pin connector and a Type G USB charger.

  1. To power your iPhone using the Zimbabwe power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - typically already included with the iPhone.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the Zimbabwe power outlet. You can identify the wall supply by the 3 vertical holes containing shutters forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains charger 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 Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone with a Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin cable and a Type D USB adapter to power the iPhone from a Zimbabwe power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone from a Zimbabwe power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply the cable when you buy the iPhone).
  2. Start by inserting the Type D USB power adapter into the wall supply. This plug supply, sometimes known as a Type D power outlet [6], can be recognised by three holes forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into 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 Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which takes between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Zimbabwe power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Zimbabwe Wikipedia web page
  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, 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, priced at 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, C$15-C$20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing under C$20.