How to charge the iPhone 3G when staying in Malta

How to connect a Maltese power outlet to the iPhone 3G

Maltese power outlet

Differing voltages and standards can all cause confusion when planning on visiting another country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your iPhone 3G in Malta. This page is a simple guide which shows exactly how to charge the iPhone 3G when going to Malta by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G Maltese wall outlet, with the Maltese using a 13 amp plug for charging. When you are travelling to Malta from a different region check that your iPhone 3G can accept a 240v supply. If the iPhone 3G came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure the iPhone 3G is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Malta

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Malta?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a Maltese power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Malta?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Malta to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included plugs. If your iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger will also allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Malta or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPhone 3G at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger like this at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Malta

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, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North 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 power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Malta.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half 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 Malta. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Malta?

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

A page on how to power your iPhone 3G from a Maltese power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type G power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3G from the Maltese power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the Maltese power outlet. The plug outlet, technically known as the Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the three vertical rectangular holes containing plastic shutters forming a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cord into the USB power 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 Maltese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Maltese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Malta country Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  3. - 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, £30-£35.
  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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs £10-£15.