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

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 3G from a Zimbabwe power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a three pinned Type G USB adapter and powering the iPhone 3G using a 3 pinned Type D USB charger.

Zimbabwe power outlet

Various standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country, especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your iPhone 3G in Zimbabwe. These instructions were written to stop travellers worrying if they can charge their iPhone 3G when they're visiting Zimbabwe.These instructions shows what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone 3G when you're in Zimbabwe using their G or D type 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note that Type G wall outlets will be used by most Zimbabweans. When you are visiting Zimbabwe from a different country check that the iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 3G was purchased from 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 avoid the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Zimbabwe

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Zimbabwe?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3G in Zimbabwe by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in Zimbabwe?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Zimbabwe is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Zimbabweans use two different standards of wall outlets (G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPhone 3G can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your iPhone 3G at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Zimbabwe

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 those 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 adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Zimbabwe 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 option for travellers originating from North America visiting Zimbabwe.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Zimbabwe. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in Zimbabwe?

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

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 3G from a Zimbabwe power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a three pinned Type G USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 3G using a Zimbabwe power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply this cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Plug the Type G USB power adapter in the Zimbabwe power outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by three vertical rectangular holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord 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 Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Using a 30 pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3G from a Zimbabwe power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 3G using a Zimbabwe power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple will typically supply this cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the Zimbabwe power outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes called a Type D power outlet [6], can be recognised by the three round holes forming a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB 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 Zimbabwe 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 which typically takes around one to four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Zimbabwe Wikipedia page
  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. 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$25.
  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.