Charging the iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Netherlands

Using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a Type C power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Dutch power outlet and how to charge the iPhone 3GS using a Type F USB plug.

Dutch power outlet

Differing combinations of standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on travelling to a new country especially for the first time traveller. This page contains simple instructions showing what you'll need to power your iPhone 3GS when you are visiting Netherlands by using their standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Dutch typically use Type F plug outlets. You will discover power will differ regionally therefore we recommend reading the list of World power supplies for a full list of countries. When you are travelling to Netherlands from another country make sure that the iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240 volt 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 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Netherlands

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Netherlands?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Dutch power outlet by using a power adaptor.

Netherlands

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Netherlands?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 3GS and visiting multiple countries the best international travel charger for Netherlands to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Dutch use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs over. If your iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters along with support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel adapters or occupying additional power sockets. By only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel charger at an electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Netherlands

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 wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Netherlands 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 converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Netherlands.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Netherlands. [8]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Netherlands?

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Dutch power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a 30 pin connector and a Type C USB charger to recharge the iPhone 3GS from a Dutch power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3GS using a Dutch power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. The wall outlet, sometimes called the Type C power outlet [3], is identified by the 2 holes adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable into the bottom of 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 Dutch power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Dutch power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type F power adapter to power your iPhone 3GS with a Dutch power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPhone 3GS using the Dutch power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually already included with the device).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter in the power outlet. The round plug supply can be recognised by the two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral along with a pair of metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains 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 Dutch power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 3GS screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up which should take between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Dutch power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Dutch Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS 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 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, 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, costing 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, between $15 to $20.