Charging your iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Monaco

A step by step guide showing how to power the iPhone 3G from a Monacan power outlet using a USB 30 pin connector with a 2 pin Type C power charger, how to power the iPhone 3G using a Type D USB charger and how to power the iPhone 3G using a Type E USB charger

Monacan power outlet

Varying complicated standards and sockets can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country especially for the first time traveller. This useful guide tells you exactly how to supply power to the iPhone 3G when you are travelling to Monaco using their standard D, C, E or F type Monacan 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type D plug outlets will be used by a majority of Monacans. When travelling to Monaco from a different country please make sure your iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 3G was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure your iPhone 3G is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Monaco

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Monaco?

You can use the iPhone 3G in Monaco.

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

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Monaco to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four different types of wall outlets that Monegasques use (D, C, E and F) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 3G can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

This will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Monaco

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3G, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Monaco using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Monaco. [12] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Monaco?

Charging the iPhone 3G from a Monacan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A step by step guide showing how to power the iPhone 3G from a Monacan power outlet using a USB 30 pin connector with a 2 pin Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3G using a Monacan power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. This ungrounded power outlet is identified by 2 round adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains 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. Turn on the Monacan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity. [AD]
Charging the iPhone 3G from a Monacan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

Using the 30-pin Apple cable with a Type D power adapter to power the iPhone 3G with a Monacan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3G from a Monacan power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is normally already included with your iPhone 3G).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the three circular holes in a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into 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. Turn on the Monacan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge. [AD]
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Monacan power outlet

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

Using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type E USB adapter to power the iPhone 3G from a Monacan power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 3G using the Monacan power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should typically include this USB cable with the iPhone 3G.
  2. Start by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the Monacan power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19mm apart from each other with a single metal earth pin protruding the top forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains 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. Turn on the Monacan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which should take around 60-240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity. [AD]
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Monacan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

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

Using a 30-pin Apple connector with a two pinned Type F power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3G with a Monacan power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 3G from a Monacan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include this USB cable with the iPhone 3G).
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. The sunken round plug supply, also known as a Schuko plug, can be identified by two round adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins go, plus thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the cord into the bottom of the USB 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 Monacan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 3G screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge. [AD]
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Monacan power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Monaco entry on wikipedia
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G 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. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music.
  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.
  8. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  9. 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.
  10. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  11. 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.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.