How to charge the iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Albania

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS from an Albanian power outlet and charging the iPhone 3GS using a Type F power charger.

Albanian power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. The following simple guide shows how to power the iPhone 3GS when you're visiting Albania by using the F or C type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When travelling to Albania from another country please check that your iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 3GS was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the iPhone 3GS is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. If you plan on staying at a city such as Tirana please read the Albania Wikipedia web page [1] for more information prior to the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Albania

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Albania?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3GS in Albania by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3GS in Albania?

When you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Albania is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Albanians use two different standards of power outlets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads over. If your iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power adapters, and support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and convenient for charging your iPhone 3GS at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a versatile travel adapter similar to this online, the power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with 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 around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3GS, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Albania using type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Albania.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3GS in Albania?

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

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS from an Albanian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3GS using an Albanian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already supplied with the device.
  2. First plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the Albanian power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cord into the bottom of the USB power 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 Albanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from an Albanian power outlet

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from an Albanian power outlet

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a Type F USB adapter to charge the iPhone 3GS from an Albanian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 3GS from the Albanian power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally include the cable with your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. The recessed circular power supply, also known as the Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko outlet, can be recognised by two adjacent holes, plus a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the USB power 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 Albanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3GS screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from an Albanian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albania - Albania Wikipedia web page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/0/MA616/en_US/iPhone_iOS3.1_User_Guide.pdf - Official iPhone 3GS 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, costs £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, priced at around £5.
  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, £15-£20.
  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.