Charging your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Scotland

How to connect a Scottish power outlet to the iPhone 3GS

Scottish power outlet

If packing for a trip it's useful to know if you can power all your devices at your hotel. Without knowing which power socket to expect you could end up either weighing your bags down with too many adaptors or pack the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you need to recharge which might be incompatible. Various combinations of voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country if you've never visited before. If planning a trip to Scotland the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the iPhone 3GS by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G wall outlet, the Scottish will use BS 1363 13 amp plugs for charging. If you are visiting Scotland from another country make sure that the iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your 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 that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Scotland

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Scotland?

You can use the iPhone 3GS in Scotland.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Scotland?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your iPhone 3GS the best international travel adapter for Scotland is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by switching the heads. If your model of iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters. Because you are only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving 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 phones and tablets without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Scotland we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Scotland

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 adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Scotland 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Scotland using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and offers 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 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Scotland. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Scotland?

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

Using a USB 30 pin connector with a three pin Type G power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Scottish power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 3GS from a Scottish power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually included with the device by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug the Type G USB power adapter in the Scottish power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the three vertical holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then 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 Scottish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up which typically takes roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Scottish power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Scotland country entry on Wikipedia
  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, costing 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 at between $5 to $10.
  6. 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.