Charging the iPhone 3GS when staying in Nigeria

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a three pin Type G USB charger to recharge the iPhone 3GS from a Nigerian power outlet and charging the iPhone 3GS using a Type D USB plug.

Nigerian power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plug types can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPhone 3GS . These instructions have been written to stop people having to worry if they can charge their iPhone 3GS when they are going to Nigeria.This page has useful instructions telling you exactly what you'll need to charge the iPhone 3GS when you're visiting Nigeria by using their types G or D 240 volt 50Hz power outlets. If travelling to Nigeria from a different country ensure that your iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check your iPhone 3GS is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. If you plan to visit a place like Lagos or Ibadan read the Wikipedia.org entry about Nigeria [1] for more indepth details on travelling to the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Nigeria

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Nigeria?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3GS in Nigeria.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Nigeria?

When travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your iPhone 3GS the best international travel charger for Nigeria to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of power outlets that Nigerians use (G and D) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type G.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads. If your type of iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of power adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Nigerian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPhone 3GS at an airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible power adapter of this nature online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Nigeria

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following 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 or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Nigeria and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 North America visiting Nigeria.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Nigeria.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Nigeria?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Nigerian power outlet

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a three pin Type G USB charger to recharge the iPhone 3GS from a Nigerian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 3GS using the Nigerian power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - normally already supplied with your iPhone 3GS by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it into the Nigerian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the three vertical slots forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Nigerian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging which takes around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Nigerian power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Nigerian power outlet

Using a 30-pin connector and a Type D USB adapter to power your iPhone 3GS with a Nigerian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3GS using the Nigerian power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - typically already included with your iPhone 3GS by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it into the Nigerian power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by three round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the 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. Switch on the Nigerian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Nigerian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria - Wikipedia.org entry about Nigeria
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/0/MA616/en_US/iPhone_iOS3.1_User_Guide.pdf - Official iPhone 3GS user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters