Charging the iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Rwanda

Instructions on how to power the iPhone 3G with a Rwandan power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a two pinned Type C power adapter and charging the iPhone 3G using a 3 pin Type J USB plug.

Rwandan power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on visiting a new country especially for the first time traveller. This page has been written to stop people having to worry if they can charge the iPhone 3G abroad.This page is a guide telling you how to charge your iPhone 3G when travelling to Rwanda by using their standard Type J or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When travelling to Rwanda from a different country ensure that your iPhone 3G can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overloading when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Rwanda

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Rwanda?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3G to a Rwandan power outlet by using a power adaptor.

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

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G or visiting more than one country then the best travel power adapter for Rwanda is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of wall outlets that Rwandans use (types J and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters plus additional support for certain power hungry devices. This will also allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers on your Rwandan trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 3G at an airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for an adaptable power adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer; the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Rwanda

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Rwanda 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Rwanda using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Rwanda. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3G in Rwanda?

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

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 3G with a Rwandan power outlet with the 30-pin Apple connector with a two pin Type C power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3G from a Rwandan power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise this power outlet by two adjacent holes where the pins go.
  3. Then 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. Switch on the Rwandan 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 iPhone is recharging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Rwandan power outlet

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Rwandan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Instructions on how to power the iPhone 3G with a Rwandan power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a three pinned Type J power adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 3G using the Rwandan power outlet you'll need a Type J USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will normally supply the USB cable with the iPhone 3G.
  2. Start by plugging the Type J USB power adapter in the Rwandan power outlet. You can recognise this flattened hexagon shaped wall outlet by the three large holes forming a flattened triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains 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 Rwandan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 3G will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging, typically taking between one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Rwandan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Rwandan Wikipedia web 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, £5-£10.
  6. iec.ch - Type J power outlet
  7. Type J USB power adapter - Type J USB chargers have three rounded pins placed in a flattened triangular pattern with the top pin acting as an earth, around £20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.