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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Bhutanese power outlet with an Apple 30 pin connector and a Type G USB adapter, how to recharge the iPhone 3G using a two pinned Type C USB adapter and charging the iPhone 3G using a 3 pinned Type D power plug

Bhutanese power outlet

Various voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning on travelling to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This page has useful instructions demonstrating exactly how to charge your iPhone 3G when you're travelling to Bhutan by using their G, C, D, F or M type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Power sources are different depending on which area you visiting therefore please read the Wiki Connections world power supplies page where you'll find a complete list of regions and countries. If travelling to Bhutan from a different region check your iPhone 3G can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 3G originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating when powering up. If you plan on staying at a Bhutanese place such as Thimphu or Phuntsholing read the Bhutan Wikipedia web page [1] for further details prior to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Bhutan

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Bhutan?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a Bhutanese power outlet.

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

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G then the best travel charger for Bhutan is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are five different types of plug sockets that Bhutanese use (types G, C, D, F and M) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Bhutan

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 visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Bhutan 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Bhutan using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Bhutan. [14]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in Bhutan?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Bhutanese power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Bhutanese power outlet with an Apple 30 pin connector and a Type G USB adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 3G from the Bhutanese power outlet you'll need to buy 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. Start the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the Bhutanese power outlet. The wall supply, sometimes called the Type G power outlet [3], looks like 3 slots with plastic shutters forming a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of 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 Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Bhutanese power outlet

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Bhutanese power outlet

Using an Apple 30 pin connector and a Type C USB adapter to charge the iPhone 3G with a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3G from the Bhutanese power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3G.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Bhutanese power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 2 holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the power 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. Switch on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Bhutanese power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Bhutanese power outlet

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

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3G from a Bhutanese power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply this cable with your iPhone 3G).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise the plug outlet by 3 holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord 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. Switch on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is recharging taking roughly one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Bhutanese power outlet

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Bhutanese power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Bhutanese power outlet with an Apple 30 pin connector and a Type F USB adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 3G from the Bhutanese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply this cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the Bhutanese power outlet. The round wall supply (called the Type F power outlet [10]) can be identified by two 4.8mm holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral, plus a pair of two grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of 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 Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Bhutanese power outlet

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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Bhutanese power outlet with a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a three pin Type M USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 3G using a Bhutanese power outlet you will need to use a Type M USB power adapter [13] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is typically included with your device by Apple).
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type M USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by three large round holes forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable 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 Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Bhutan Wikipedia web 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, C$4-C$5.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, costing C$10-C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, under C$5.
  8. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, under C$5.
  10. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  11. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, costing C$4-C$5.
  12. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  13. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, costs C$4-C$5.
  14. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.