Charging the iPhone 3G when planning a trip to The Republic of the Congo

A step by step guide showing how to power the iPhone 3G from a Congo power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type D power adapter, how to power the iPhone 3G using a 2 pin Type C power charger and recharging the iPhone 3G using a 2 pin Type E power charger

Congo power outlet

Different frequencies and standards can all lead to confusion when planning to visit a new country, especially if you've never been there before. This guide has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 3G when you are going abroad.When you are planning a holiday to The Republic of the Congo this page contains useful instructions showing charging the iPhone 3G by using their standard Type E, C or D Congo 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When travelling to The Republic of the Congo from a different country please double check the iPhone 3G can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 3G was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in The Republic of the Congo

Can you use the iPhone 3G in The Republic of the Congo?

You can use the iPhone 3G in The Republic of the Congo by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3G in The Republic of the Congo?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 3G then the best travel charger for The Republic of the Congo to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three standards of wall outlets in The Republic of the Congo (E, C and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers or occupying additional wall outlets. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for The Republic of the Congo

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both The Republic of the Congo 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 The Republic of the Congo.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 The Republic of the Congo.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3G in The Republic of the Congo?

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

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Congo power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 3G from a Congo power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPhone 3G).
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply (sometimes called the Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the 2 circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB 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. Switch on the Congo power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Congo power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Congo power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 3G from a Congo power outlet with a 30-pin Apple connector with a Type D USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 3G using the Congo power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the Congo power outlet. You can recognise this power supply by the three circular holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB 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. Turn on the Congo 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 phone is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Congo power outlet

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

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 3G from a Congo power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type E power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 3G from a Congo power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically include this USB cable with the iPhone 3G).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this power supply by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins and a single metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the USB 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 Congo power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Congo power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo,_Republic_of_the - Wikipedia.org web page about The Republic of the Congo
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/0/MA616/en_US/iPhone_iOS3.1_User_Guide.pdf - Official iPhone 3G user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters