How to charge the iPhone 3GS when staying in Argentina

A page on how to power your iPhone 3GS from an Argentinean power outlet using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a Type C power adapter and recharging the iPhone 3GS using a three pinned Type I USB adapter.

Argentinean power outlet

Various voltages and sockets can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power the iPhone 3GS in Argentina. These instructions were written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3GS when you are staying abroad.When going to Argentina these useful instructions show powering your iPhone 3GS using their Type I or C Argentinean 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you'll discover most Argentines will normally use Type I sockets in their power outlets. If you are travelling to Argentina from a different country check your iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone 3GS originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPhone 3GS is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Argentina

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Argentina?

You can connect the iPhone 3GS to an Argentinean power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Argentina?

If travelling with more than your iPhone 3GS then the best international travel charger for Argentina is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of wall outlets in Argentina (types I and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your model of iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power chargers or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online - the power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Argentina

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Argentina.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Argentina.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Argentina?

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

A page on how to power your iPhone 3GS from an Argentinean power outlet using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a Type C power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 3GS from the Argentinean power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Argentinean power outlet. You can recognise this power supply by 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB 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. Switch on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3GS will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from an Argentinean power outlet

How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from an Argentinean power outlet

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 3 pinned Type I USB charger to power your iPhone 3GS from an Argentinean power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 3GS from the Argentinean power outlet you'll need to use a Type I USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply the USB cable with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type I USB power adapter and plugging it into the Argentinean power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 3 slots in an upside-down triangle shape with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and earth. Please note that the neutral and live blades are reversed compared to Australian and Chinese plug outlets so please check that your Type I power adaptor is compatible with an Argentinean power supply.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the 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 Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is recharging and takes between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from an Argentinean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentina - Argentinean Wikipedia 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, estimated price £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, under £4.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeI.htm - Type I power outlet
  7. Type I USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type I mains power outlet, around £20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs £15-£20.