Charging the iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Albania

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge the iPhone 3G from an Albanian power outlet with the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type C USB charger and charging the iPhone 3G using a two pin Type F power adapter.

Albanian power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country if you've never visited before. These instructions have been specifically written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 3G when staying in Albania.This page contains useful instructions telling you how to charge your iPhone 3G when staying in Albania using the Type F or C Albanian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. If visiting Albania from a different country please check the iPhone 3G can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check 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 being damaged whilst powering it up. If you're planning to visit a destination such as Tirana or DurrĂ«s please refer to the Albania country entry on Wikipedia [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Albania

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Albania?

You can use the iPhone 3G in Albania.

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

When travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your iPhone 3G the best international travel adapter for Albania is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Albanians use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your model of iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

This means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers for your Albanian trip. By only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel charger of this nature online; the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Albania

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3G, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Albania 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 power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Albania.
  • 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 offers the same functionality 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 generous 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 Albania.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3G in Albania?

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

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge the iPhone 3G from an Albanian power outlet with the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type C USB charger.

  1. To power your iPhone 3G using the Albanian power outlet you will need to buy 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. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Albanian power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go.
  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 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Switch on the Albanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 3G screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with an Albanian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 3G from an Albanian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge the iPhone 3G from an Albanian power outlet with the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type F USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3G using the Albanian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple usually include this USB cable with the iPhone 3G.
  2. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. The round plug supply can be recognised by two 4.8mm holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral along with two metal 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 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Switch on the Albanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 3G screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3G from an Albanian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albania - Albania country entry on Wikipedia
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/0/MA616/en_US/iPhone_iOS3.1_User_Guide.pdf - Official iPhone 3G user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, priced £15-£20.
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet, costing £15-£20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost £10-£15.