Charging the iPhone 3GS when planning a trip to Gibraltar

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone 3GS from a Gibraltar power outlet with the Apple 30-pin connector and a 3 pin Type G power adapter and charging the iPhone 3GS using a Type C power adapter.

Gibraltar power outlet

When organizing a holiday it's useful to know if you can power all your devices when you get there. By not knowing which power socket is used you may end up either weighing yourself down with too many adaptors or bring the wrong power charger, leaving you having to borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and cause damage to your iPhone 3GS. Various combinations of voltages and sockets can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country, especially to the first time traveller. This page was specifically written to prevent travellers worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPhone 3GS when they're staying in Gibraltar.When you're visiting Gibraltar this page has instructions showing you charging the iPhone 3GS by using their types G or C 240 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note Type G power outlets will be used by a majority of Gibraltarians. Power sockets will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the list of World power supplies for a full list of regions and countries. When travelling to Gibraltar from a different country please make sure that your iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check that the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Gibraltar

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Gibraltar?

You can use the iPhone 3GS in Gibraltar by using a power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 3GS the best international travel adapter for Gibraltar is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of plug sockets that Gibraltarians use (G and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power chargers or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 3GS at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to different destinations we recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Gibraltar

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 converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Gibraltar and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK 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 Gibraltar.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 and gives almost the same functionality 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 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 Gibraltar. [8]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Gibraltar?

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

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone 3GS from a Gibraltar power outlet with the Apple 30-pin connector and a 3 pin Type G power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 3GS from a Gibraltar power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by three rectangular slots containing shutters forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect 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 Gibraltar power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Gibraltar power outlet

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

Instructions on how to power the iPhone 3GS from a Gibraltar power outlet with a 30-pin connector and a 2 pin Type C power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Gibraltar power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the Gibraltar power outlet. The wall outlet, also known as a Europlug or Type C power outlet [6], can be identified by the two adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin 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. Switch on the Gibraltar power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Gibraltar power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Gibraltar 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, costs 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, costs 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15.