Charging the iPhone 3G when visiting Cote d Ivoire

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 3G with an Ivorian power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a 2 pinned Type C power charger and how to charge the iPhone 3G using a two pinned Type E power plug.

Ivorian power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to help assist travellers wanting to power the iPhone 3G when they're staying abroad.The following step by step instructions shows you exactly how to supply power to your iPhone 3G when travelling to Cote d Ivoire using their standard types E or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. If visiting Cote d Ivoire from a different country ensure the iPhone 3G can accept a 240v supply. If the iPhone 3G came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPhone 3G is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. If you are planning to visit a city like Abidjan we recommend reading the Wikipedia.org entry about Cote d Ivoire [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Cote d Ivoire

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Cote d Ivoire?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3G to an Ivorian power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Cote d Ivoire?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G then the best travel charger for Cote d Ivoire to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Ivorians use two different standards of power outlets (E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate power adapters. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an 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 around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Cote d Ivoire

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances 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 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Cote d Ivoire using type B 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 North America using type B plugs and is a 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Cote d Ivoire. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Cote d Ivoire?

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

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a Type C power adapter to charge the iPhone 3G from an Ivorian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3G using the Ivorian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 3G).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the Ivorian power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two circular holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of 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. Switch on the Ivorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is recharging which should take around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from an Ivorian power outlet

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

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 3G with an Ivorian power outlet with a USB 30-pin connector and a two pinned Type E power charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 3G from the Ivorian power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 3G).
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type E USB power adapter into the Ivorian power outlet. This round plug outlet can be identified by the two adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go plus a single metal grounding pin protruding from the top in a triangular 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. Switch on the Ivorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with an Ivorian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Cote d Ivoire
  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, costing £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 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, £10-£15.