Charging your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Iceland

Using a 30 pin connector and a Type C USB charger to power the iPhone 3GS with an Iceland power outlet and charging the iPhone 3GS using a two pin Type F power charger.

Iceland power outlet

If you are packing for a trip it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge any common electrical devices when you're there. However, by not knowing which plug socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that might not be compatible. Complicated standards and sockets can all lead to confusion when planning on visiting another country, especially to the first time traveller. The following simple instructions shows exactly what you'll need to charge the iPhone 3GS when you're visiting Iceland using the standard F or C type Iceland 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Icelanders typically use Type F plug outlets. You'll discover power will vary regionally therefore we recommend reading the Europe and power supplies page for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Iceland from another country please check the iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPhone 3GS was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Iceland

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Iceland?

You can connect the iPhone 3GS to an Iceland power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

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

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

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. By only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for an adaptable power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Iceland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Iceland 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 travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 Iceland. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Iceland?

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

Using a 30 pin connector and a Type C USB charger to power the iPhone 3GS with an Iceland power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 3GS from an Iceland power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is typically supplied with the device by Apple).
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Iceland power outlet. This ungrounded power outlet, also called the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, can be identified by the two adjacent holes.
  3. Then 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 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Switch on the Iceland power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging taking around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from an Iceland power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from an Iceland power outlet

Using a 30 pin connector and a Type F USB adapter to power the iPhone 3GS with an Iceland power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3GS from the Iceland power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the cable is normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type F USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two large round adjacent holes for live and neutral and a pair of metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB 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 Iceland power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from an Iceland power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Iceland Wikipedia web page
  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, 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, C$15-C$20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced under C$20.