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

A page on how to recharge the iPhone 3G with a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C USB charger and charging the iPhone 3G using a Type F power plug.

Cape Verdean power outlet

If you are packing for a holiday it can often be helpful to know if you'll be able to power any electrical devices such as cell phones and cameras that you are bringing along with you. Without knowing which wall socket is used you may end up either having to bring too many spare adaptors or bring the wrong charger, therefore having to borrow a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive. Different standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your iPhone 3G in Cape Verde. The following step by step instructions shows you what you'll need to supply power to the iPhone 3G when staying in Cape Verde by using their F or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type F plug outlets will be typically used by a majority of Cape Verdeans. Most power sources will change depending on which area you visiting therefore please read our Wikiconnections travel power sockets list for a full list showing powering devices in different regions. If visiting Cape Verde from a different country double check the iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the iPhone 3G is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Cape Verde

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Cape Verde?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3G in Cape Verde by using a power convertor.

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

When travelling with more than your iPhone 3G and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Cape Verde is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of plug sockets that Cape Verdeans use (types F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads. If your iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger will also allow you to power multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters for your Cape Verdean trip. Because you are only needing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel charger online. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Cape Verde

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3G, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental 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 option for travellers originating from America visiting Cape Verde using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality 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 a generous 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 Cape Verde. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Cape Verde?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Cape Verdean power outlet

Using a 30 pin cable and a Type C USB adapter to charge the iPhone 3G from a Cape Verdean power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 3G from the Cape Verdean power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is usually already included with your device).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Cape Verdean power outlet. This unearthed wall supply, sometimes known as the Type C power outlet [3], is recognised by 2 holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable 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 Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3G screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Cape Verdean power outlet

Charging the iPhone 3G from a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

A page on how to recharge the iPhone 3G with a Cape Verdean power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type F power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3G from the Cape Verdean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already supplied with the device).
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the Cape Verdean power outlet. The recessed round wall supply can be recognised by the two large circular holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral, plus a pair of grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the cable into the USB mains adapter 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 Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3G from a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Cape Verde 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, priced at 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, around $5.
  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 under $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing around $15.