How to charge the iPhone 3GS when staying in Egypt

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS from an Egyptian power outlet and how to recharge the iPhone 3GS using a Type F power charger.

Egyptian power outlet

If you are planning a trip to Egypt it is useful to know in advance if you can charge any electronics at your destination. However without knowing which power socket is being used in Egypt you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced power adaptor on arrival. Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what to pick up in advance to charge your iPhone 3GS in Egypt. These guidelines have been written to assist travellers wanting to charge their iPhone 3GS when they are staying abroad.These instructions shows exactly how to power the iPhone 3GS when staying in Egypt by using the standard types F or C Egyptian 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, a majority of Egyptians use Type F sockets in their plug outlets. If visiting Egypt from another country please ensure that the iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from 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 power transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Egypt

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Egypt?

You can connect the iPhone 3GS to an Egyptian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3GS in Egypt?

If travelling with more than your iPhone 3GS then the best international travel power adapter for Egypt is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of plug sockets that Egyptians use (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 over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers or using up additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Egypt

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Egypt and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Egypt.
  • 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. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Egypt. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3GS in Egypt?

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

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS from an Egyptian power outlet.

  1. To power your iPhone 3GS from the Egyptian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is typically already included with your device).
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the power 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. Turn on the Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is recharging and takes between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from an Egyptian power outlet

Charging the iPhone 3GS from an Egyptian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type F USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS from an Egyptian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3GS from the Egyptian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple will usually supply this cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This sunken round power outlet can be identified by the two large round holes 19 mm next to each other, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cord into the power 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 Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from an Egyptian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Egypt
  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 cost between $10 to $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, between $5 to $10.
  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, priced between $10 to $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price around $15.