Charging your iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Zambia

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 3G from a Zambian power outlet with a 30 pin connector with a 3 pin Type D USB charger, how to charge the iPhone 3G using a Type G USB charger and recharging the iPhone 3G using a Type C power adapter

Zambian power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can all lead to confusion when planning on visiting another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPhone 3G . This page was written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3G when you're in travelling to Zambia.The following instructions will show how to charge your iPhone 3G when travelling to Zambia using their standard Type G, C or D 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Zambians typically use Type G power outlets. You'll discover that power changes regionally therefore please read the power supplies and Africa page for a full list of countries. When you are visiting Zambia from another country double check the iPhone 3G can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check your iPhone 3G is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Zambia

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Zambia?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a Zambian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3G in Zambia?

When you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your iPhone 3G then the best international travel adapter for Zambia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different types of plug sockets in Zambia (G, C and D) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the plugs over. If your type of iPhone 3G can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 3G at an airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used back 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 wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Zambia

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, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Zambia.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Zambia. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3G in Zambia?

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

Instructions on how to charge your iPhone 3G with a Zambian power outlet with a 30-pin connector with a 3 pin Type G USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3G from the Zambian power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually included with the device.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the Zambian power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 3 vertical slots forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power 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 Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 3G screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging, typically taking between one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Zambian power outlet

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

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a Type C USB charger to power the iPhone 3G from a Zambian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3G from the Zambian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually included with the device.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the Zambian power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 2 circular adjacent holes for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the power 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 Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Zambian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 3G from a Zambian power outlet with a 30 pin connector with a 3 pin Type D USB charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 3G using the Zambian power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually already included with the iPhone 3G).
  2. Plug the Type D USB power adapter into the power supply. The plug supply, technically known as a Type D power outlet [8], can be recognised by three holes forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power 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 Zambian 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 iPhone 3G is charging, typically taking between one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about Zambia
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  3. iec.ch - 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, 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 C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, between $10 to $15.
  8. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, costing between $10 to $15.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing between $10 to $15.