Charging the iPhone 3G in Mali

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 3G with a Malian power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type C USB charger and recharging the iPhone 3G using a two pinned Type E power plug.

Malian power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and sockets can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 3G abroad.If you're staying in Mali these useful instructions show how to power the iPhone 3G using the standard E or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If you are travelling to Mali from a different country please ensure that your iPhone 3G can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Mali

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Mali?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3G to a Malian power outlet.

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

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 3G and visiting multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Mali to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of wall outlets in Mali (types E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPhone 3G at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Mali

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 visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Mali.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Mali. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Mali?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Malian power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 3G with a Malian power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type C USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3G using the Malian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should typically include the cable when you buy the iPhone 3G.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Malian power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by two circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the 30 pin cable into the mains 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 Malian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 3G screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Malian power outlet

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

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 3G with a Malian power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type E USB adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 3G from the Malian power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone 3G.
  2. First plug in the Type E USB power adapter into the Malian power outlet. This sunken circular power supply (called the CEE 7/7 plug) can be identified by two round holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the two pins go and a long metal earth pin protruding the top in a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 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 Malian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Malian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Mali
  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, under £10.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, £5-£10.
  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, priced at £10-£15.