Charging the iPhone 3GS when visiting Romania

A page showing how to charge your iPhone 3GS from a Romanian power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a two pin Type C power adapter and how to power the iPhone 3GS using a 2 pin Type F USB plug.

Romanian power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge the iPhone 3GS . When you are planning a holiday to Romania the following useful instructions show how to charge your iPhone 3GS by using their standard F or C type Romanian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If you are visiting Romania from another country make sure that the iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 3GS was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure your iPhone 3GS is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Romania

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Romania?

You can use the iPhone 3GS in Romania by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Romania?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 3GS the best international travel charger for Romania to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets that Romanians use (F and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers for your Romanian trip. By only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel often we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Romania

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 option for travellers originating from America visiting Romania.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Romania. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Romania?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Romanian power outlet

Using a 30-pin cable and a 2 pin Type C power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Romanian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 3GS from a Romanian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Romanian power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB 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. Turn on the Romanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 3GS screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up and takes around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Romanian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Romanian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 3GS from a Romanian power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type F power charger.

  1. To charge the iPhone 3GS from a Romanian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this USB cable is normally already included with the iPhone 3GS.
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Romanian power outlet. This sunken circular wall outlet can be recognised by two round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins along with thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains power adapter 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 Romanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Romanian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Romanian Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS 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 under £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, £5-£10.
  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, around £10.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.