How to charge your iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Benin

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 3G from a Beninese power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a two pinned Type C USB adapter and powering the iPhone 3G using a Type E power charger.

Beninese power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. When you're travelling to Benin this page contains instructions showing how to power the iPhone 3G using their Type E or C Beninese 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power supplies will vary depending on which country you're taking a trip to therefore please read the Wikiconnections world power connections list where you'll find a complete list showing regions and countries. If you are travelling to Benin from a different country double check your iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 3G was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. If you intend on taking a trip to a city such as Cotonou or Abomey-Calavi we also recommend referring to the Benin Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Benin

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Benin?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a Beninese power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Benin?

If travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Benin is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Beninois use two different types of plug sockets (types E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads. If your iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Benin

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 3G, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Benin and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Benin using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Benin. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Benin?

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

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Beninese power outlet with a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a two pin Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3G using a Beninese power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], normally included with the iPhone 3G by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes called a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, is identified by two holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the power 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 Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Beninese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Beninese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

A page on how to recharge the iPhone 3G with a Beninese power outlet by using an Apple 30 pin cable and a Type E USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 3G using a Beninese power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is usually included with your device).
  2. Start by inserting the Type E USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two 4.8mm round holes 19mm adjacent to each other and one metal grounding pin protruding from the top in a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains power 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 Beninese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Beninese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Benin 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, £10-£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, estimated price around £5.
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, £5-£10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing £10-£15.