Charging the iPhone when staying in Macau

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPhone with a Macanese power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pinned Type G power charger, powering the iPhone using a three pin Type D power plug and charging the iPhone using a 2 pin Type F USB plug

Macanese power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. This guide was written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone abroad.When you are going to Macau this page contains instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone by using their types G, D, F or M Macanese 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware that Type G power outlets are typically used by most Macanese. You will discover power sockets will vary depending on which region you are visiting therefore we suggest reading the travel power supplies page for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Macau from another region please double check your iPhone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the iPhone is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you intend to visit a place like Macau or Mong Ha Hill read the wikipedia page about Macau [1] for more indepth details on travelling to the location.

This page details the iPhone 1st generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for the full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Macau

Can you use the iPhone in Macau?

You can connect the iPhone to a Macanese power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone in Macau?

When travelling with more than your iPhone the best international travel charger for Macau is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four different types of plug sockets in Macau (types G, D, F and M) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPhone is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters and additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Macanese trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Macau

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Macau 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 best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Macau using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Macau. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone in Macau?

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

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPhone with a Macanese power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pinned Type G power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone from a Macanese power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - typically already included with your iPhone by Apple.
  2. First plug in the Type G USB power adapter in the power outlet. The plug supply (known as the Type G power outlet [3]) looks like 3 rectangular holes with shutters in a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Powering the iPhone with a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a three pin Type D USB charger to recharge the iPhone from a Macanese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone from a Macanese power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - typically already included with your iPhone by Apple.
  2. First plug in the Type D USB power adapter in the power outlet. The plug supply (known as the Type D power outlet [6]) looks like three holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the 30 pin cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone with a Macanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

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

Using the Apple USB 30-pin connector with a Type F USB adapter to power the iPhone with a Macanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone from a Macanese power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually already included with your iPhone.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins along with two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Macanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Macanese power outlet

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a three pin Type M USB charger to recharge the iPhone from a Macanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone using the Macanese power outlet you'll need a Type M USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally already supplied with your iPhone by Apple).
  2. Insert the Type M USB power adapter into the Macanese power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by three large holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Macanese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Macanese power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Macau
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  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, priced at 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 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, priced between $10 to $15.
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. 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, estimated cost between $10 to $15.
  10. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  11. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, estimated cost under $15.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced between $15 to $20.