How to charge the iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Mongolia

Using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter to charge the iPhone 3GS with a Mongolian power outlet and how to recharge the iPhone 3GS using a two pin Type E USB adapter.

Mongolian power outlet

Differing combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to prevent people worrying if they can power the iPhone 3GS abroad.This guide shows what you'll need to charge the iPhone 3GS when travelling to Mongolia by using the standard types E or C Mongolian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If travelling to Mongolia from another country please ensure that the iPhone 3GS can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Mongolia

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Mongolia?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3GS in Mongolia.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3GS in Mongolia?

If travelling to multiple countries or bringing along more than just your iPhone 3GS the best travel charger for Mongolia is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of power outlets in Mongolia (types E and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Mongolia. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Mongolia

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 3GS, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Mongolia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Mongolia using 3 pinned type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Mongolia. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3GS in Mongolia?

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

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a Mongolian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3GS from the Mongolian 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 usually supply this cable with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Mongolian power outlet. The plug outlet can be identified by two round holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Switch on the Mongolian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Mongolian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type E power charger to power your iPhone 3GS from a Mongolian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 3GS using a Mongolian power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it into the Mongolian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two round adjacent holes next to each other and one metal grounding pin protruding from the top to form a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Turn on the Mongolian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging and takes between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Mongolian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Mongolia
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS 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, £5-£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, costing £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, estimated cost £5-£10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under £15.