Charging the iPhone 3GS when planning a trip to New Zealand

How to connect a New Zealand power outlet to the iPhone 3GS

New Zealand power outlet

Complicated combinations of region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to power your iPhone 3GS . This page contains a simple guide demonstrating exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone 3GS when staying in New Zealand using the 230 volt 50Hz Type I plug outlet, the New Zealanders will use AS/NZS 3112 plugs for power outlets. You'll discover power sockets will change depending on which region you are visiting therefore please read the travel power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to New Zealand from a different country please double check the iPhone 3GS can accept a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your iPhone 3GS is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in New Zealand

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in New Zealand?

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

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 3GS then the best travel charger for New Zealand to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your New Zealand trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to New Zealand we suggest searching for a flexible travel charger like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for New Zealand

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both New Zealand and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 going to New Zealand.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting New Zealand. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in New Zealand?

How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a New Zealand power outlet

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type I USB charger to charge your iPhone 3GS with a New Zealand power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 3GS using the New Zealand power outlet you'll need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type I USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the three slots forming an upside-down triangle shape with a single vertical pin at the base and the top two slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB 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. Turn on the New Zealand power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a New Zealand power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about New Zealand
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, around £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, costing £5-£10.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price around £10.