Charging the iPhone 3G when staying in Guernsey

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Guernsey power outlet using the Apple 30-pin connector and a Type G power adapter.

Guernsey power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of region codes and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a different country, especially for the first time traveller. This guide has been specifically written to assist people wanting to charge the iPhone 3G when staying abroad.This step by step guide will show how to charge your iPhone 3G when going to Guernsey by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G power outlet, with the Channel Islander using a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. When travelling to Guernsey from another country check that the iPhone 3G can accept a 240v supply. If the iPhone 3G was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when powering up. If you're planning on taking a trip to a destination like Saint Peter Port or Vale read the wikipedia page about Guernsey [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 Guernsey

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Guernsey?

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

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3G in Guernsey?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 3G and visiting multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Guernsey to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your model of iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a four port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Guernsey

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 3G, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Guernsey 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 converter for travellers originating from North America going to Guernsey 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 is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 Guernsey. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3G in Guernsey?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Guernsey power outlet

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone 3G with a Guernsey power outlet with a 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type G power adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 3G using a Guernsey power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPhone 3G).
  2. Firstly plug the Type G USB power adapter into the Guernsey power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 vertical slots in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into 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 Guernsey power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Guernsey power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Guernsey
  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 at 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, under C$15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs under C$20.