Charging the iPhone 3GS in Slovakia

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type C power charger to recharge the iPhone 3GS with a Slovak power outlet and how to charge the iPhone 3GS using a two pinned Type E power plug.

Slovak power outlet

Various standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially to the first time traveller. This guide was written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 3GS when you are going to Slovakia.When visiting Slovakia this page contains useful instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone 3GS by using the E or C type Slovak 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are travelling to Slovakia from another country please check your iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your iPhone 3GS is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. If you're planning to visit a city like Bratislava we also recommend reading the wikipedia web page about Slovakia [1] for further information on the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Slovakia

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Slovakia?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Slovak power outlet.

Slovakia

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Slovakia?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 3GS then the best travel adapter for Slovakia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of power outlets in Slovakia (types E and C) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer - the power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Slovakia

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 3GS, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 adapter for travellers originating from America going to Slovakia using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 and gives almost the same set of features as 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Slovakia. [8]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Slovakia?

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

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type C power charger to recharge the iPhone 3GS with a Slovak power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 3GS from a Slovak power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. The power supply (sometimes known as the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by two round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Turn on the Slovak power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 3GS will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging and takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Slovak power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Slovak power outlet

Instructions on how to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Slovak power outlet using the Apple 30-pin cable with a two pin Type E USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPhone 3GS using a Slovak power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone 3GS.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type E USB power adapter and inserting it into the Slovak power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other and a long metal earth pin protruding the top in a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Switch on the Slovak power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is charging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Slovak power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Slovakia
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS 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, priced at C$4-C$5.
  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 E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, priced at under C$5.
  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.