How to charge the iPhone 3G when staying in Nigeria

A page on how to recharge your iPhone 3G with a Nigerian power outlet by using a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a Type G power adapter and recharging the iPhone 3G using a Type D power plug.

Nigerian power outlet

Various voltages and sockets can all be daunting when planning on travelling to a foreign country if you've never visited before. This page has been specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 3G when Nigeria.If you are going to travel to Nigeria the following instructions show charging your iPhone 3G using their standard Type G or D Nigerian 240 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are travelling to Nigeria from another region please ensure that the iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 3G was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v double check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Nigeria

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Nigeria?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a Nigerian power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

When travelling with more than your iPhone 3G then the best international travel power adapter for Nigeria to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of plug sockets that Nigerians use (types G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Nigeria

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Nigeria using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Nigeria. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Nigeria?

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

A page on how to recharge your iPhone 3G with a Nigerian power outlet by using a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a Type G power adapter.

  1. To power your iPhone 3G from the Nigerian power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], normally included with your device.
  2. Plug in the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 3 rectangular holes with plastic shutters forming a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the USB 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 Nigerian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is recharging and takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Nigerian power outlet

Charging the iPhone 3G from a Nigerian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Nigerian power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple cable with a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3G using a Nigerian power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 3G).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and plugging it in the Nigerian power outlet. The power supply (called a Type D power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the 3 holes in a triangle configuration.
  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. Switch on the Nigerian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3G from a Nigerian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Nigerian Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, priced at £15-£20.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, priced £5-£10.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, £20-£25.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.