Charging the iPhone 3GS when visiting Pakistan

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone 3GS from a Pakistani power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type C USB charger, charging the iPhone 3GS using a Type G USB plug and charging the iPhone 3GS using a three pinned Type D power adapter

Pakistani power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country if you've never been there before. These instructions were specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3GS when staying abroad.When you're visiting Pakistan the following useful instructions show how to charge your iPhone 3GS by using their standard G, C, D or M type Pakistani 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll find power will vary from region to region therefore we suggest reading the Asia page for a complete list of regions and countries. When visiting Pakistan from another region ensure your iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v make sure that the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Pakistan

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Pakistan?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Pakistani power outlet.

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 3GS then the best travel charger for Pakistan is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Pakistanis use four different standards of wall outlets (types G, C, D and M) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. By 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 whilst travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Pakistan we suggest searching for a flexible travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Pakistan

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3GS, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, 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 America going to Pakistan using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for 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 Pakistan. [12]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Pakistan?

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

A page showing how to charge your iPhone 3GS with a Pakistani power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type G USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 3GS using the Pakistani power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically include the cable with the iPhone 3GS).
  2. Insert the Type G USB power adapter into the Pakistani power outlet. You can identify the power outlet by the three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of 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 Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Pakistani power outlet

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

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone 3GS from a Pakistani power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type C USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Pakistani power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the two adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the power 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 Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up and takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Pakistani power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Pakistani power outlet

Instructions on how to power the iPhone 3GS from a Pakistani power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type D USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 3GS using the Pakistani power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually include this cable with the iPhone 3GS).
  2. Insert the Type D USB power adapter into the Pakistani power outlet. You can identify the power outlet by the three 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 Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Pakistani power outlet

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Pakistani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type M power adapter to power the iPhone 3GS from a Pakistani power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 3GS from a Pakistani power outlet you will need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually supplied with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Start by plugging the Type M USB power adapter into the wall supply. The power outlet, technically called the Type M power outlet [10], looks like 3 large holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains 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. Switch on the Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Pakistani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Pakistan 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, estimated cost under $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 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, between $10 to $15.
  8. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, estimated price 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, costs between $10 to $15.
  12. 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.