Charging your iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Norway

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Norwegian power outlet by using a 30 pin connector with a two pin Type C power adapter and charging the iPhone 3G using a 2 pin Type F power charger.

Norwegian power outlet

Varying different voltages and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to charge the iPhone 3G . This page contains a simple guide showing you how to supply power to the iPhone 3G when visiting Norway by using their standard Type F or C 240 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Norwegians will normally use Type F plugs in their plug outlets. If visiting Norway from a different country please check that your iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPhone 3G was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that 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 overloading when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Norway

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Norway?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3G to a Norwegian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3G in Norway?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 3G the best travel charger for Norway to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of plug sockets in Norway (F and C) 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 Norway

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 Norway 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 Norway. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3G in Norway?

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

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Norwegian power outlet by using a 30 pin connector with a two pin Type C power adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 3G using the Norwegian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] 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 C USB power adapter into the Norwegian power outlet. This unearthed plug supply (called the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 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 Norwegian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Norwegian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Norwegian power outlet

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Norwegian power outlet with a 30-pin Apple connector with a two pinned Type F power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 3G from the Norwegian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is normally already supplied with your iPhone 3G).
  2. Begin by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the Norwegian power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by two large adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral along with a pair of thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cable into the bottom of 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 Norwegian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging which takes between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Norwegian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Norway
  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, priced at £5-£10.
  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 F power outlet
  7. 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, estimated price around £10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at £10-£15.