How to charge your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Zambia

A guide showing how to power your iPhone 3GS from a Zambian power outlet using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type G USB charger, charging the iPhone 3GS using a Type C power plug and how to recharge the iPhone 3GS using a three pinned Type D USB adapter

Zambian power outlet

Various standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country, especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your iPhone 3GS in Zambia. These instructions were written to stop travellers worrying if they can charge their iPhone 3GS when they're visiting Zambia.These instructions shows what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone 3GS when you're in Zambia using their G, C or D type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note that Type G wall outlets will be used by most Zambians. When you are visiting Zambia from a different country check that the iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 3GS was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Zambia

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Zambia?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3GS in Zambia by using the correct power adaptor.

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

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3GS then the best international travel charger for Zambia is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Zambians use three different types of plug sockets (G, C and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy multiple travel adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend buying this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Zambia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3GS, however for visitors 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 when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Zambia 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Zambia using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Zambia. [10]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Zambia?

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

Using a 30 pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a Zambian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 3GS from the Zambian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally supplied with the iPhone 3GS by Apple).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 3 slots with plastic shutters forming a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB 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 Zambian 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 which should take around one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Zambian power outlet

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

Instructions on how to power your iPhone 3GS from a Zambian power outlet using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C USB charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 3GS from the Zambian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - typically already supplied with the iPhone 3GS by Apple.
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by 2 circular holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the power cord 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 Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Zambian power outlet

Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type D USB charger to power your iPhone 3GS from a Zambian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3GS using a Zambian power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is typically included with your device by Apple).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the Zambian power outlet. The power supply, sometimes called a Type D power outlet [8], looks like three round holes forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of 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 Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 3GS will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Zambia Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS 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, under $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, priced at 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, estimated price under $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 $15 to $20.