How to charge your iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Wales

A step by step guide showing you how to charge your iPhone 3G from a Welsh power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type G power charger.

Welsh power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. If you are staying in Wales this page has useful instructions showing how to power your iPhone 3G using a standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G power outlet, the Welsh will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for charging. If travelling to Wales from a different region check that the iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Wales

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Wales?

You can use the iPhone 3G in Wales by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3G in Wales?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 3G and visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Wales to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Wales

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Wales.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Wales. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3G in Wales?

Charging the iPhone 3G from a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

A guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 3G from a Welsh power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type G power charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 3G from the Welsh power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is typically included with the iPhone 3G by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug the Type G USB power adapter into the Welsh power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 3 vertical rectangular holes containing shutters forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Welsh power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging, typically taking around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3G from a Welsh power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wales Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  3. - 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, 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, priced at 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, priced C$15-C$20.