How to charge the iPhone 3GS when staying in Cambodia

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a Cambodian power outlet with an Apple USB 30-pin cable with a Type C power charger, how to recharge the iPhone 3GS using a Type G USB adapter and how to recharge the iPhone 3GS using a Type A USB adapter

Cambodian power outlet

Differing combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your iPhone 3GS in Cambodia. When you're going to travel to Cambodia the following instructions show charging your iPhone 3GS using their standard types G, A or C Cambodian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power sources will change regionally so please read our Wikiconnections world power supplies page for a full list showing powering devices in different destinations. If travelling to Cambodia from another region double check your iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure the iPhone 3GS is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. If you plan on staying in a Cambodian destination like Phnom Penh we suggest referring to the Cambodian Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Cambodia

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Cambodia?

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

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

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3GS then the best international travel power adapter for Cambodia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of plug sockets that Cambodians use (types G, A and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A, C and G.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on the plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for an adaptable power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Cambodia

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 these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Cambodia 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 North America going to Cambodia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 is a much cheaper alternative to 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 flexible 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 Cambodia. [10]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Cambodia?

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

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

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3GS using a Cambodian power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically supply this cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Start by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the Cambodian power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like three vertical slots in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then 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. Switch on the Cambodian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging taking between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Cambodian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Cambodian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a Cambodian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 3GS using a Cambodian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is typically already supplied with the iPhone 3GS by Apple).
  2. Plug in the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet (technically known as the Type A power outlet [6]) can be identified by two thin slots adjacent to each other. Please note that power cords used with type A sockets which are rated at 125 volts shouldn't be used in Cambodia so we recommend checking first.
  3. Then 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. Switch on the Cambodian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging taking between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Cambodian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a Cambodian power outlet with an Apple USB 30-pin cable with a Type C power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3GS using a Cambodian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually supply this cable with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Cambodian power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the power 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 Cambodian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3GS will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is recharging which typically takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Cambodian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Cambodian 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, 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, priced at around $5.
  6. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  7. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, around $10.
  8. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  9. 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.
  10. 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.