Charging the iPhone 3G when staying in Armenia

Using a 30 pin cable and a Type C USB adapter to power your iPhone 3G with an Armenian power outlet and recharging the iPhone 3G using a two pinned Type F power adapter.

Armenian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of region codes and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your iPhone 3G . These instructions have been written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3G when you are travelling to Armenia.This page contains instructions showing you exactly what you'll need to charge the iPhone 3G when you're travelling to Armenia using the standard F or C type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If you are visiting Armenia from a different region please double check your iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 3G was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Armenia

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Armenia?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3G in Armenia.

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What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Armenia?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G and visiting more than one country then the best travel power adapter for Armenia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of plug sockets in Armenia (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 Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your model of iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, along with support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Armenian trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for an adaptable power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Armenia

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 3G, 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 is necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Armenia using 3 pinned 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 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 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 Armenia. [8]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Armenia?

Powering the iPhone 3G with an Armenian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a 30 pin cable and a Type C USB adapter to power your iPhone 3G with an Armenian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3G from an Armenian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply the cable with the iPhone 3G.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two circular holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Turn on the Armenian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 3G screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging, typically taking between one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with an Armenian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 3G with an Armenian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using the Apple 30-pin connector with a 2 pin Type F USB charger to recharge the iPhone 3G from an Armenian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 3G using an Armenian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPhone 3G).
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the Armenian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by two large round adjacent holes for live and neutral and a pair of two metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Switch on the Armenian 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 mobile is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with an Armenian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Armenian Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G 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, costing 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, estimated price between $15 to $20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs around $15.