Charging your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Sri Lanka

Using a 30-pin Apple connector with a three pinned Type G power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Sri Lankan power outlet, charging the iPhone 3GS using a three pin Type D power charger and charging the iPhone 3GS using a three pin Type M power charger

Sri Lankan power outlet

Differing combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. This page was written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3GS when visiting abroad.This page has step by step instructions showing you exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone 3GS when you are travelling to Sri Lanka using the standard G, D or M type Sri Lankan 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Sri Lankans will use the Type G plugs in their wall outlets. If you are visiting Sri Lanka from another country double check the iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check the iPhone 3GS is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating 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 Sri Lanka

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Sri Lanka?

You can use the iPhone 3GS in Sri Lanka.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Sri Lanka?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 3GS then the best travel power adapter for Sri Lanka is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Sri Lankans use three different standards of wall outlets (types G, D and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your type of iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your Sri Lankan trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer, the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Sri Lanka

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Sri Lanka using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Sri Lanka. [10] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Sri Lanka?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Sri Lankan power outlet

Using a 30-pin Apple connector with a three pinned Type G power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Sri Lankan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3GS from the Sri Lankan power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the cable is normally already included with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. This plug supply, technically known as a Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by 3 vertical slots containing shutters forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the power 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. Turn on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Sri Lankan power outlet

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using a 30-pin Apple connector with a three pin Type D power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Sri Lankan power outlet.

  1. To power your iPhone 3GS using the Sri Lankan power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally supply the USB cable when you buy the iPhone 3GS).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and plugging it in the Sri Lankan power outlet. This power outlet (known as a Type D power outlet [6]) can be recognised by 3 circular holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cable into the mains 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. Turn on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Using a 30-pin Apple connector with a three pin Type M power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Sri Lankan power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 3GS from a Sri Lankan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with the iPhone 3GS).
  2. First insert the Type M USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the three circular holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 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. Turn on the Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about Sri Lanka
  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 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, costing between $10 to $15.
  8. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  9. 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, 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, around $15.