Charging the iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Gibraltar

Using a 30-pin connector with a 3 pin Type G USB charger to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Gibraltar power outlet and charging the iPhone 3G using a 2 pin Type C USB plug.

Gibraltar power outlet

Varying different frequencies and region codes can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. This page has been written to help prepare travellers wanting to charge the iPhone 3G abroad.This page is a simple guide telling you how to charge your iPhone 3G when travelling to Gibraltar by using their standard types G or C 240 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type G plug outlets will be used by most Gibraltarians. If you are visiting Gibraltar from a different region please double check your iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 3G was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Gibraltar

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Gibraltar?

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

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Gibraltar?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G and visiting multiple countries the best international travel charger for Gibraltar to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of power outlets that Llanitos use (G and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 3G can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices. Having a four port adapter means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your Gibraltar trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 3G at an airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible power adapter like this online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Gibraltar

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Gibraltar 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Gibraltar.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 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 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Gibraltar. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Gibraltar?

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

Using a USB 30 pin cable and a Type G USB adapter to power the iPhone 3G with a Gibraltar power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3G from the Gibraltar power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually included with the device).
  2. Start by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Gibraltar power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 3 vertical rectangular slots forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB 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 Gibraltar power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which typically takes around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Gibraltar power outlet

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Gibraltar power outlet

Instructions showing you how to power the iPhone 3G with a Gibraltar power outlet using the 30-pin Apple connector with a two pin Type C power charger.

  1. To charge your iPhone 3G using the Gibraltar power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPhone 3G.
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Gibraltar power outlet. This unearthed plug outlet, also known as the Type C power outlet [6] or Europlug, can be recognised by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Plug in one end of the power cable into 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 Gibraltar power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone 3G screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is powering up which should take between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Gibraltar power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia web page about Gibraltar
  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, estimated price 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, 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, under C$20.
  8. 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.