How to charge the iPhone when staying in Singapore

A step by step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone with a Singapore power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter, charging the iPhone using a 3 pinned Type G USB charger and recharging the iPhone using a Type M power plug

Singapore power outlet

Complicated voltages and sockets can all be daunting when planning on travelling to a foreign country if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to assist visitors wanting to charge their iPhone when they're visiting Singapore.If you are staying in Singapore the following instructions show charging your iPhone using their Type G, C or M Singapore 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type G power outlets are used by most Singaporeans. You will find that most power sockets will vary depending on which country you're taking a trip to therefore we suggest that you read our Wiki Connections world power supplies page for a complete list of powering devices in different destinations. If travelling to Singapore from another country please ensure the iPhone can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. If you are planning to stay at a place such as Singapore or Sentosa we suggest referring to the Visit Singapore [1] for further information on visiting the area.

This page details the iPhone first generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for a full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Singapore

Can the iPhone be used in Singapore?

You can connect the iPhone to a Singapore power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone in Singapore?

If travelling with more than your iPhone and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Singapore is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of plug sockets that Singaporeans use (types G, C and M) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Singapore. Only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Singapore

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Singapore 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 best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Singapore using 3 pin type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Singapore. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone in Singapore?

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

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone from a Singapore power outlet with the 30 pin Apple cable with a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone using a Singapore 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 typically include the USB cable with your iPhone.
  2. Start by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 3 slots with plastic shutters forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins. These are the most commonly used sockets in Singapore.
  3. Then connect 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. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which takes around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Singapore power outlet

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone from a Singapore power outlet

A step by step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone with a Singapore power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone using a Singapore power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone.
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 holes next to each other for live and neutral. These sockets might not be as common in Singapore.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which should take roughly 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone from a Singapore power outlet

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

A page on how to power your iPhone from a Singapore power outlet with an Apple 30-pin cable with a 3 pinned Type M power charger.

  1. In order to power your iPhone using a Singapore power outlet you will need a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - normally included with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type M USB power adapter in the power supply. This wall supply, sometimes called a Type M power outlet [8], can be recognised by the three circular holes in a triangle configuration. These outlets are less commonplace in Singapore.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

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  1. Visitsingapore - Visit Singapore
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  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 at 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, 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, costs under C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  9. 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.
  10. 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.