How to charge the iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Singapore

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a Singapore power outlet using a 30 pin connector and a three pin Type G USB adapter, recharging the iPhone 3GS using a 2 pinned Type C power plug and how to recharge the iPhone 3GS using a three pinned Type M USB charger

Singapore power outlet

Complicated region codes and plugs can all cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country especially for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPhone 3GS . These instructions were specifically written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they can power the iPhone 3GS when they're going to Singapore.This page contains step-by-step instructions which shows exactly how to supply power to your iPhone 3GS when you are visiting Singapore by using their Type G, C or M Singapore 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Singaporeans will typically use the Type G sockets in their power outlets. When you are visiting Singapore from another region please ensure that the iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240v supply. If your iPhone 3GS originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Singapore

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Singapore?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3GS in Singapore by using a power convertor.

Singapore

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

When travelling with more than your iPhone 3GS and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Singapore to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Singaporeans use three different standards of wall outlets (G, C and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, along with support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power adapters or using up additional power outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Singapore

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Singapore using 3 pin 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 North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for 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 Singapore. [10]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Singapore?

Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin cable and a three pin Type G USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a Singapore power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 3GS using a Singapore power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally supplied with the iPhone 3GS).
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by three vertical rectangular slots containing shutters forming a triangular shape. These are the most common sockets found in Singapore.
  3. Connect one end of the power cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger 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 Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging and takes roughly one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Singapore power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 3GS with a Singapore power outlet with a USB 30-pin cable with a Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 3GS using a Singapore power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally supplied with the iPhone 3GS).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. The plug supply (sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [6] or Europlug) is recognised by the 2 adjacent holes. Note that Type C plug outlets are less common in Singapore.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains power charger 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 Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is recharging which typically takes around 60-240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Singapore power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

Using a USB 30 pin cable and a three pin Type M USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a Singapore power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 3GS using the Singapore power outlet you'll need to use a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 3GS.
  2. First plug in the Type M USB power adapter in the Singapore power outlet. The power supply (technically known as a Type M power outlet [8]) can be identified by the three large holes in a triangle pattern. Note that Type M electrical outlets aren't as common in Singapore.
  3. Connect one end of the power cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger 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 Singapore power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging and takes roughly one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Singapore power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. Visitsingapore - Visit Singapore
  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, 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, priced 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, priced at 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, under C$20.