Charging the iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Iceland

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3G with an Iceland power outlet and how to power the iPhone 3G using a 2 pin Type F USB plug.

Iceland power outlet

Varying complicated voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. This page contains useful instructions showing you how to supply power to the iPhone 3G when you're in Iceland using the Type F or C Iceland 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type F plug outlets are normally used by a majority of Icelanders. If visiting Iceland from a different country please check the iPhone 3G can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 3G came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPhone 3G 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 you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Iceland

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Iceland?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3G to an Iceland power outlet.

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 3G then the best travel adapter for Iceland is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Icelanders use two different types of power outlets (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPhone 3G 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 certain power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel to different places 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 for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Iceland

The 4 port USB travel charger 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 adapters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Iceland 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 most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Iceland using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Iceland. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3G in Iceland?

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

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3G with an Iceland power outlet.

  1. To power your iPhone 3G using the Iceland power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. This ungrounded power outlet, also known as a Europlug, can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB 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. Turn on the Iceland power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with an Iceland power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 3G with an Iceland power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type F power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3G with an Iceland power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 3G from an Iceland power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually include this USB cable when you buy the iPhone 3G).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. The circular wall outlet can be recognised by two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into, plus two metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB 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. Turn on the Iceland power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with an Iceland power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about Iceland
  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, costs £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, £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, £10-£15.