How to charge the iPhone 3G in Kyrgyzstan

A step by step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Kyrgyzstani power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter and recharging the iPhone 3G using a Type F power plug.

Kyrgyzstani power outlet

Complicated frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what to pick up in advance to charge your iPhone 3G in Kyrgyzstan. This page has been written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 3G when abroad.When you're going to Kyrgyzstan this page has useful instructions showing you how to charge the iPhone 3G using their F or C type 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. If travelling to Kyrgyzstan from another country please ensure that the iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 3G was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v double check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it up. If you are planning to stay at a Kyrgyzstani place like Bishkek or Osh we suggest referring to the Wikipedia entry about Kyrgyzstan [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Kyrgyzstan

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Kyrgyzstan?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3G in Kyrgyzstan.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in Kyrgyzstan?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G or visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for Kyrgyzstan is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of wall outlets in Kyrgyzstan (types F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of travel 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 wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for a flexible power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here 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 Kyrgyzstan

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable 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 Kyrgyzstan 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 Kyrgyzstan 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 from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 Kyrgyzstan. [8]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in Kyrgyzstan?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Kyrgyzstani power outlet

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3G from a Kyrgyzstani power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3G using a Kyrgyzstani power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the power cord into the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Turn on the Kyrgyzstani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which typically takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Kyrgyzstani power outlet

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Kyrgyzstani power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using a USB 30-pin connector and a Type F power charger to power your iPhone 3G from a Kyrgyzstani power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 3G using a Kyrgyzstani power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this cable when you first purchase the iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into and grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. 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 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Turn on the Kyrgyzstani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is recharging taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Kyrgyzstani power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Kyrgyzstan
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G 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, estimated price 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, estimated price between $5 to $10.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, between $10 to $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.