How to charge the iPhone 3G when staying in Macedonia

A page on how to power your iPhone 3G from a Macedonian power outlet with an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter and charging the iPhone 3G using a 2 pinned Type F USB adapter.

Macedonian power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to visit a different country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your iPhone 3G in Macedonia. This guide shows what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone 3G when you're visiting Macedonia by using the standard Type F or C Macedonian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are visiting Macedonia from a different country check your iPhone 3G can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating when powering up. If you intend to visit a Macedonian place like Skopje please read the Macedonian Wikipedia page [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Macedonia

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Macedonia?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a Macedonian power outlet.

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

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Macedonia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of power outlets in Macedonia (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Macedonia or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Macedonia

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, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Macedonia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Macedonia.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Macedonia. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Macedonia?

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

A page on how to power your iPhone 3G from a Macedonian power outlet with an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 3G using a Macedonian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 3G).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Macedonian power outlet. You can identify this power supply by 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the USB power 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. Switch on the Macedonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which should take roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3G from a Macedonian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

A page on how to power your iPhone 3G from a Macedonian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type F USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3G from the Macedonian power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the Macedonian power outlet. The recessed circular plug outlet, sometimes known as the Schuko plug, can be recognised by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes where the twin pins slide into and grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the USB power 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. Switch on the Macedonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging taking roughly one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Macedonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Macedonian 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 cost 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, C$10-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, C$15-C$20.