Charging the iPhone 3G when planning a trip to Hungary

Instructions showing you how to power the iPhone 3G from a Hungarian power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger and powering the iPhone 3G using a 2 pin Type F power adapter.

Hungarian power outlet

Varying different standards and plug types can often be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. This page was written to stop people worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPhone 3G when they are going abroad.The following instructions will show how to supply power to the iPhone 3G when you're visiting Hungary by using their standard Type F or C Hungarian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. You will discover power supplies will vary depending on which region you are visiting therefore please read the power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Hungary from a different country please check the iPhone 3G can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 3G was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from over-heating when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Hungary

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Hungary?

You can use the iPhone 3G in Hungary by using a power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 3G then the best travel charger for Hungary to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of wall outlets in Hungary (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included plugs. If your iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Hungarian trip. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Hungary

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Hungary using 3 pin type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Hungary. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3G in Hungary?

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

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3G with a Hungarian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 3G from a Hungarian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually supplied with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the Hungarian power outlet. The wall outlet is identified by the two round holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in 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 Hungarian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3G from a Hungarian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Hungarian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type F power charger to recharge your iPhone 3G with a Hungarian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 3G from a Hungarian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the Hungarian power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two large adjacent holes for live and neutral pins, plus two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in 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 Hungarian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Hungarian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Hungary Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, estimated price 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, under C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 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, under C$20.