Charging the iPhone 3G when planning a trip to Qatar

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 3G with a Qatari power outlet using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter and charging the iPhone 3G using a Type D USB charger.

Qatari power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent travellers worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPhone 3G abroad.If you're planning a holiday to Qatar this page contains useful instructions showing powering the iPhone 3G using the types G or D 240 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note Type G power outlets will be used by a majority of Qataris. If visiting Qatar from a different region please double check the iPhone 3G can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 3G was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Qatar

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Qatar?

You can use the iPhone 3G in Qatar by using a power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 3G or visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Qatar to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of plug sockets in Qatar (G and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Qatari trip. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Qatar we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Qatar

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Qatar and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Qatar.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Qatar. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3G in Qatar?

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

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 3G with a Qatari power outlet using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 3G using the Qatari power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPhone 3G.
  2. Start by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the Qatari power outlet. This plug supply (sometimes called the Type G power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 3 vertical rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the 30 pin cord into the bottom of the 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 Qatari power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Qatari power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Instructions showing you how to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Qatari power outlet using a 30-pin connector with a three pinned Type D power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 3G from a Qatari power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPhone 3G).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the three circular holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains 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 Qatari power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Qatari power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Qatari country 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, estimated cost £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, around £5.
  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, under £15.