How to charge the iPhone 3GS when planning a trip to Macedonia

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a Macedonian power outlet by using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type C power charger and how to charge the iPhone 3GS using a two pinned Type F power plug.

Macedonian power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can often lead to confusion when planning on visiting a different country especially if you've never visited before. These guidelines were written to help prepare travellers wanting to charge the iPhone 3GS when they are going to Macedonia.When visiting Macedonia these instructions show how to power the iPhone 3GS using the standard F or C type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When travelling to Macedonia from another country double check the iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 3GS originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check your iPhone 3GS is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. If you're planning to visit a city such as Skopje we recommend reading the wikipedia web page about Macedonia [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Macedonia

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Macedonia?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3GS in Macedonia by using the correct power convertor.

Macedonia

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

When travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Macedonia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of plug sockets that Macedonians use (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPhone 3GS at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel to Macedonia we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer - 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 foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Macedonia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3GS, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Macedonia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Macedonia using 3 pin type B US 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Macedonia. [8]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Macedonia?

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

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a Macedonian power outlet by using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type C power charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 3GS from a Macedonian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the Macedonian power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by two round holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains 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 Macedonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up which takes between one to four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Macedonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Macedonian power outlet

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 3GS with a Macedonian power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a Type F power adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 3GS using a Macedonian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone 3GS).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Macedonian power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by the two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the two pins go, plus a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the 30 pin cable into the USB 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 Macedonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is powering up taking between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Macedonian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Macedonia
  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 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 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, 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, estimated cost around $15.