Charging the iPhone 3G when staying in Lebanon

Instructions on how to charge your iPhone 3G from a Lebanese power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a three pin Type A USB charger, recharging the iPhone 3G using a three pinned Type G power charger and recharging the iPhone 3G using a three pinned Type B power charger

Lebanese power outlet

Varying different voltages and region codes can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPhone 3G . These instructions were specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3G when you are visiting Lebanon.This step by step guide shows you exactly how to supply power to your iPhone 3G when staying in Lebanon using the standard G, A, B, C or D type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you'll find most Lebanese use the Type G plugs in their plug outlets. If travelling to Lebanon from a different country ensure that the iPhone 3G can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure your iPhone 3G is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you intend on staying at a city such as Beirut or Tripoli read the wikipedia.org entry about Lebanon [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Lebanon

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Lebanon?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a Lebanese power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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

When travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your iPhone 3G the best international travel charger for Lebanon to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are five different types of wall outlets in Lebanon (types G, A, B, C and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A, C and G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring multiple power chargers on your Lebanese trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to Lebanon we recommend buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Lebanon

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Lebanon 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 best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Lebanon using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 Lebanon. [14] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3G in Lebanon?

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

A guide on how to charge the iPhone 3G from a Lebanese power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a 3 pin Type G USB charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3G using the Lebanese power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with your iPhone 3G by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify this power outlet by three holes containing shutters forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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. Turn on the Lebanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging taking around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Lebanese power outlet

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

Instructions on how to charge your iPhone 3G from a Lebanese power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a three pin Type A USB charger.

  1. To charge your iPhone 3G using the Lebanese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should typically include the cable when you buy the iPhone 3G.
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it in the Lebanese power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two adjacent slots where the live and neutral blades go. Please note that power cables with type A plugs which are rated at 125 V should not be used in The Lebanon so we recommend checking prior to continuing.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Lebanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 3G will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging which takes around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Lebanese power outlet

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

A guide on how to charge the iPhone 3G from a Lebanese power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a 3 pin Type B USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 3G using the Lebanese power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter into the Lebanese power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two thin slots parallel to each other where the live and neutral blades sit with a single semicircular hole below for the long earth pin. Be aware that power cables with type B sockets which are rated at only 125 volts should not be used so we recommend checking prior to turning the power on.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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. Turn on the Lebanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging taking around 1 - 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Lebanese power outlet

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Lebanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a two pin Type C USB charger to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Lebanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3G from a Lebanese power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually already included with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. This ungrounded wall outlet can be recognised by 2 adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the USB mains 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 Lebanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Lebanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using the Apple USB 30-pin connector with a Type D USB adapter to power the iPhone 3G with a Lebanese power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3G from the Lebanese power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [13] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with your iPhone 3G by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug the Type D USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify this plug outlet by three circular holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB 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 Lebanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Lebanese power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Lebanon
  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, priced 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, costs under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  7. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, costs C$15-C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  9. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, C$15-C$20.
  10. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  11. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, C$15-C$20.
  12. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  13. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, estimated price 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, priced C$15-C$20.