How to charge your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Cyprus

How to connect a Cypriot power outlet to the iPhone 3GS

Cypriot power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your iPhone 3GS in Cyprus. This guide was specifically written to assist visitors wanting to charge the iPhone 3GS when visiting abroad.This page contains a guide showing what you'll need to charge the iPhone 3GS when going to Cyprus by using a 240 volt 50Hz G Type Cypriot wall outlet, with the Cypriots using 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. Power will differ depending on which region you are in so please read the World power supplies page for a complete list of countries. If visiting Cyprus from a different country make sure that the iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you intend to visit a Cypriot city such as Nicosia please read the wikipedia.org entry about Cyprus [1] for more information prior to the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Cyprus

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Cyprus?

You can use the iPhone 3GS in Cyprus by using the correct power adaptor.

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

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3GS then the best international travel charger for Cyprus is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the plugs over. If your model of iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip. By only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on a flight. 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 needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Cyprus

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Cyprus using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 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 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Cyprus.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3GS in Cyprus?

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

A guide showing you how to charge your iPhone 3GS from a Cypriot power outlet using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type G power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3GS from the Cypriot power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the power outlet. This power outlet, technically called a Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by three vertical slots with shutters in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains 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 Cypriot power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Cypriot power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyprus - wikipedia.org entry about Cyprus
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/0/MA616/en_US/iPhone_iOS3.1_User_Guide.pdf - Official iPhone 3GS user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters