How to charge the iPhone 3GS when staying in Cote d Ivoire

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB charger to recharge your iPhone 3GS from an Ivorian power outlet and how to recharge the iPhone 3GS using a Type E power plug.

Ivorian power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country especially if you've never visited before. This useful guide will show you what you'll need to charge your iPhone 3GS when you are in Cote d Ivoire by using the standard types E or C Ivorian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Most power supplies change depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore we suggest that you read our Wikiconnections global power connections list for a full list showing regions and countries. If travelling to Cote d Ivoire from another country please make sure the iPhone 3GS can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. If you plan on visiting a place such as Abidjan please read the Ivorian Wiki page [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Cote d Ivoire

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Cote d Ivoire?

You can connect the iPhone 3GS to an Ivorian power outlet by using a power convertor.

Cote d Ivoire

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3GS in Cote d Ivoire?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel power adapter for Cote d Ivoire to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of power outlets in Cote d Ivoire (types E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger like this online - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Cote d Ivoire

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 those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Cote d Ivoire 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Cote d Ivoire using 3 pinned type B US 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 North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Cote d Ivoire. [8]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3GS in Cote d Ivoire?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from an Ivorian power outlet

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a Type C power charger to power your iPhone 3GS from an Ivorian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 3GS from the Ivorian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the Ivorian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 holes next to each other where the two pins slide into.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains 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. Turn on the Ivorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which typically takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from an Ivorian power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from an Ivorian power outlet

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type E power charger to power your iPhone 3GS from an Ivorian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3GS using an Ivorian power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the Ivorian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two holes 19mm apart from each other along with a long metal grounding pin protruding from the top to form a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains 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. Turn on the Ivorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from an Ivorian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Ivorian Wiki page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS 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 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 E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, 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, between $15 to $20.