Charging the iPhone 3GS when planning a trip to Kuwait

A page showing how to charge your iPhone 3GS with a Kuwaiti power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter and powering the iPhone 3GS using a Type C power charger.

Kuwaiti power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to visit a foreign country especially for the first time traveller. The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone 3GS when staying in Kuwait using the types G or C 240 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If you are travelling to Kuwait from a different region please check that the iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 3GS was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Kuwait

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Kuwait?

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

Kuwait

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3GS in Kuwait?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 3GS then the best travel charger for Kuwait to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets that Kuwaitis use (G and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 3GS at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Kuwait we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Kuwait

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, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Kuwait.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Kuwait. [8]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3GS in Kuwait?

Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Kuwaiti power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G power charger to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Kuwaiti power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Kuwaiti power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually supplied with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Kuwaiti power outlet. This plug supply, technically called the Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by the 3 vertical holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. 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 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Turn on the Kuwaiti power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 3GS screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which typically takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Kuwaiti power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Kuwaiti power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type C USB charger to charge your iPhone 3GS with a Kuwaiti power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 3GS using the Kuwaiti power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply (sometimes called the Europlug or Type C power outlet [6]) can be identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. 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 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Turn on the Kuwaiti power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging taking around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Kuwaiti power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Kuwaiti country 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, costs 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, between $5 to $10.
  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, costs under $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs between $15 to $20.