Charging the iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Bhutan

Using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a three pinned Type D power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Bhutanese power outlet, charging the iPhone 3GS using a three pinned Type G power adapter and charging the iPhone 3GS using a two pinned Type C power adapter

Bhutanese power outlet

Various voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country if you've never visited before. These instructions have been written to help assist visitors wanting to power their iPhone 3GS when they are visiting Bhutan.When you're staying in Bhutan these instructions show powering the iPhone 3GS using the Type G, C, D, F or M Bhutanese 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. If you are visiting Bhutan from another country please check the iPhone 3GS can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check your iPhone 3GS is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. If you intend on staying at a city like Thimphu or Phuntsholing we suggest reading the Bhutan country wikipedia page [1] for further information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Bhutan

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Bhutan?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Bhutanese power outlet by using a power adaptor.

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What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Bhutan?

When you are travelling to multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Bhutan is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are five different types of wall outlets in Bhutan (G, C, D, F and M) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins 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 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters along with additional support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone 3GS at an airport or on a flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with just a single wall outlet.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for a flexible power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

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 3GS, but 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 is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Bhutan and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Bhutan using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 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 Bhutan. [14]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Bhutan?

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

Using the 30-pin Apple cable with a three pinned Type G power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3GS from the Bhutanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally supply the USB cable with the iPhone 3GS).
  2. Plug the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. The plug supply, technically known as a Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by 3 vertical rectangular slots 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 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Turn on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 3GS screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up which typically takes between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Bhutanese power outlet

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

A guide on how to charge your iPhone 3GS from a Bhutanese power outlet with a 30-pin connector with a 2 pin Type C power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3GS from a Bhutanese power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually supply the cable when you buy your iPhone 3GS).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 2 circular adjacent holes where the twin pins go.
  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 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Turn on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 3GS screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up which should take between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Bhutanese power outlet

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

A guide showing how to charge your iPhone 3GS from a Bhutanese power outlet with a 30 pin connector with a 3 pin Type D USB charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 3GS using the Bhutanese power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually already included with the iPhone 3GS.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it in the Bhutanese power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by three holes forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Then 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. Switch on the Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 3GS screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is charging which takes between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone 3GS from a Bhutanese power outlet by using a USB 30 pin connector and a Type F USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3GS from a Bhutanese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it in the Bhutanese power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by two large holes 19 mm next to each other along with two grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the USB 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 Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking between one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

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

Instructions on how to power the iPhone 3GS from a Bhutanese power outlet using an Apple USB 30 pin cable and a Type M USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3GS from the Bhutanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [13] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally supply the USB cable with the iPhone 3GS).
  2. Plug the Type M USB power adapter into the wall supply. The plug supply, technically known as a Type M power outlet [12], can be identified by 3 round holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the cable into the bottom of the 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 Bhutanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Bhutanese power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Bhutan country wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS 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, estimated cost around 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, estimated cost under 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, priced at under C$20.
  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, C$15-C$20.
  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, C$15-C$20.
  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, around C$15.
  14. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price under C$20.