Charging the iPhone 3G when planning a trip to Austria

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone 3G from an Austrian power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type C USB charger and recharging the iPhone 3G using a Type F USB plug.

Austrian power outlet

Complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 3G abroad.This page has step-by-step instructions which shows how to supply power to the iPhone 3G when you're in Austria using the types F or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, a majority of Austrians will use the Type F plug outlets. If you are travelling to Austria from another country ensure that your iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from over-heating when powering up. If you plan on staying somewhere like Vienna read the Austria Wikipedia page [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Austria

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Austria?

You can use the iPhone 3G in Austria by using a power adaptor.

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What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3G in Austria?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G the best international travel adapter for Austria is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of plug sockets in Austria (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual power chargers. Only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with just a single wall outlet.

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 with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Austria

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Austria using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one 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 Austria. [8]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3G in Austria?

Charging the iPhone 3G from an Austrian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone 3G from an Austrian power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type C USB charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 3G using the Austrian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually include the cable with the iPhone 3G).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify this plug supply by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in 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 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Switch on the Austrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3G from an Austrian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from an Austrian power outlet

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type F USB charger to charge your iPhone 3G with an Austrian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 3G using the Austrian power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the iPhone 3G.
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The sunken circular power supply can be recognised by two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into, plus two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the charging 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 Austrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 3G screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging and takes around 1-4 hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from an Austrian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Austria Wikipedia 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, 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 under $20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15.