Charging your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Eritrea

A page showing how to charge the iPhone 3GS from an Eritrean power outlet with a 30-pin Apple connector with a two pinned Type C power adapter and charging the iPhone 3GS using a 3 pin Type L power charger.

Eritrean power outlet

Varying complicated standards and sockets can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country especially for the first time traveller. When you're travelling to Eritrea the following useful instructions show how to power your iPhone 3GS by using their standard types L or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If travelling to Eritrea from a different country please check that your iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPhone 3GS was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your iPhone 3GS is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Eritrea

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Eritrea?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to an Eritrean power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Eritrea?

If travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPhone 3GS then the best international travel adapter for Eritrea is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Eritreans use two different types of power outlets (L and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your type of iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. 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, smartphones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of flexible travel adapter online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Eritrea

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 3GS, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power 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 best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Eritrea.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Eritrea. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Eritrea?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from an Eritrean power outlet

A page showing how to charge the iPhone 3GS from an Eritrean power outlet with a 30-pin Apple connector with a two pinned Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 3GS from an Eritrean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should normally supply this USB cable with the iPhone 3GS).
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by two holes next to each other.
  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 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Switch on the Eritrean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 3GS screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up and takes roughly one-four hours to recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from an Eritrean power outlet

Powering the iPhone 3GS with an Eritrean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

A guide showing how to charge your iPhone 3GS from an Eritrean power outlet with the 30-pin Apple cable with a Type L power adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 3GS using the Eritrean power outlet you'll need a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the cable is normally already included with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Firstly plug in the Type L USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the hexagon shaped plug supply by the 3 large adjecent holes forming a line. You'll find there are two different variations of Type L power outlet, one rated for 10 amps and one at 16 amps. A 10 amp power outlet has 4mm thick round pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart and the 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick pins spaced 8mm apart.
  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 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Turn on the Eritrean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with an Eritrean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org web page about Eritrea
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, 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. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  7. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, under C$15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, C$15-C$20.