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

A guide on how to power your iPhone 3GS with a Zimbabwe power outlet by using the Apple 30 pin connector and a three pinned Type G USB adapter and recharging the iPhone 3GS using a 3 pinned Type D power plug.

Zimbabwe power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and sockets can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never been there before. These guidelines were written to prepare people wanting to charge the iPhone 3GS abroad.When you are visiting Zimbabwe these useful instructions show powering your iPhone 3GS by using the standard Type G or D 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, you will discover most Zimbabweans will normally use Type G sockets in their wall outlets. When visiting Zimbabwe from another country please make sure that your iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone 3GS originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating when powering up. If you are planning to stay somewhere like Harare or Bulawayo refer to the Wikipedia.org page about Zimbabwe [1] for further details prior to the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Zimbabwe

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Zimbabwe?

You can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Zimbabwe power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Zimbabwe?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 3GS and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabweans use (types G and D) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type G.

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 3GS 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 adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters for your Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe

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 3GS, 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 Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Zimbabwe?

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin cable with a Type G power adapter to charge the iPhone 3GS with a Zimbabwe power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3GS using a Zimbabwe power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 3 holes containing plastic shutters in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect one end of the power cord 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 Zimbabwe 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 phone is powering up which takes roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Zimbabwe power outlet

A page on how to recharge the iPhone 3GS with a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type D USB charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 3GS from the Zimbabwe power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually already supplied with your device).
  2. Insert the Type D USB power adapter in the Zimbabwe power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 3 round holes forming a triangular shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the cable into the USB mains 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 Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is recharging which should take around 60-240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Zimbabwe power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org page about Zimbabwe
  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, costing 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 D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, under $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20.