Charging your iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Sri Lanka

A guide showing how to charge your iPhone 3G with a Sri Lankan power outlet with the Apple USB 30-pin cable and a 3 pin Type D USB charger, how to charge the iPhone 3G using a 3 pin Type G power plug and recharging the iPhone 3G using a 3 pin Type M power charger

Sri Lankan power outlet

Different combinations of region codes and plugs can often cause confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. These guidelines were specifically written to prepare visitors wanting to power their iPhone 3G abroad.This page has useful instructions telling you how to charge your iPhone 3G when travelling to Sri Lanka using the Type G, D or M Sri Lankan 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type G wall outlets are typically used by most Sri Lankans. If visiting Sri Lanka from a different country please check the iPhone 3G can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Sri Lanka

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Sri Lanka?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3G to a Sri Lankan power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3G in Sri Lanka?

If travelling to more than one country then the best travel charger for Sri Lanka is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three standards of plug sockets in Sri Lanka (G, D and M) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied heads. If your iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers on your Sri Lankan trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 3G at the airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel charger of this nature online; the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Sri Lanka

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however 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 can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Sri Lanka 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Sri Lanka.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Sri Lanka. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3G in Sri Lanka?

Charging the iPhone 3G from a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Sri Lankan power outlet with the 30-pin Apple cable and a Type G USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPhone 3G from the Sri Lankan power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone 3G).
  2. Plug the Type G USB power adapter into the Sri Lankan power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the three vertical holes with shutters in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains 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 Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is powering up taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3G from a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

A guide showing how to charge your iPhone 3G with a Sri Lankan power outlet with the Apple USB 30-pin cable and a 3 pin Type D USB charger.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 3G from a Sri Lankan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type D USB power adapter in the Sri Lankan power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the three holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the mains 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 Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 3G screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Sri Lankan power outlet

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

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Sri Lankan power outlet with the 30-pin Apple cable and a Type M USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3G using the Sri Lankan power outlet you'll need a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPhone 3G by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type M USB power adapter into the wall supply. The power supply (sometimes called the Type M power outlet [8]) looks like 3 large circular holes in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains 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 Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is powering up taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Sri Lanka country entry on Wikipedia
  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, costs 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, C$10-C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, costing under C$15.
  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, C$20-C$25.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, C$10-C$15.