Charging your iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Scotland

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

Scottish power outlet

Varying different voltages and plugs can all lead to confusion when planning to visit another country if you've never been there before. When you are visiting Scotland the following useful instructions show how to power your iPhone 3G by using their 230 volt 50Hz Type G plug outlet, with the Scottish using BS 1363 13 amp plugs for charging. You will find power will change from region to region so we suggest reading the power supplies and Europe page for a full list of countries. When visiting Scotland from another country ensure the iPhone 3G can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Scotland

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Scotland?

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

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

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Scotland to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your type of iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with additional support for more power demanding devices.

This will allow you to power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack multiple travel chargers on your Scottish trip. By only needing a single travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 3G at an airport or on the flight. Due to their versatility these types of adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel charger online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Scotland

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 strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Scotland and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Scotland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Scotland. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Scotland?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Scottish power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 3G with a Scottish power outlet with the 30-pin Apple cable with a Type G power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 3G from the Scottish power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the cable is normally already included with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Start by inserting the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the three vertical holes with plastic shutters in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the bottom of the 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 Scottish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging which takes between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Scottish power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Scottish Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  3. iec.ch - 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, priced at £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, estimated price £5-£10.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.