Charging the iPhone 3G in Indonesia

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 3G with an Indonesian power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type C USB charger, powering the iPhone 3G using a Type G USB adapter and powering the iPhone 3G using a two pin Type F USB plug

Indonesian power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning on travelling to another country to the first time traveller. If you're staying in Indonesia the following instructions show how to charge the iPhone 3G using the standard Type G, C or F 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Indonesians will normally use Type G plug outlets. When travelling to Indonesia from another country check the iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 3G originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check your 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 powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Indonesia

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Indonesia?

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

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

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Indonesia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Indonesians use three different standards of power outlets (G, C and F) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPhone 3G can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power 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 on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Indonesia

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 3G, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, 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 North America going to Indonesia using 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Indonesia. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Indonesia?

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

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pin Type G USB charger to power the iPhone 3G with an Indonesian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 3G using the Indonesian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is typically included with the iPhone 3G).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter into the Indonesian power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by three vertical slots in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then 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 Indonesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is powering up, typically taking between one to four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from an Indonesian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 3G with an Indonesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 3G with an Indonesian power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 3G from the Indonesian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally already supplied with the device).
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify the plug outlet by two round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the 30 pin cable into the mains 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 Indonesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 3G will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging and takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with an Indonesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from an Indonesian power outlet

Using an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a 2 pinned Type F power charger to charge the iPhone 3G from an Indonesian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3G using the Indonesian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is typically supplied with the iPhone 3G).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter in the Indonesian power outlet. This sunken circular power supply, also known as the Schuko outlet, can be identified by two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go along with a pair of grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable 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 Indonesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from an Indonesian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Indonesian country Wiki 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, £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, priced £5-£10.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced at £10-£15.
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, priced £15-£20.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.