How to charge the iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Cambodia

A step by step guide showing you how to charge your iPhone 3G from a Cambodian power outlet using a 30 pin connector and a 2 pinned Type C power charger, how to charge the iPhone 3G using a three pinned Type G USB charger and charging the iPhone 3G using a Type A power charger

Cambodian power outlet

Different region codes and plugs can all cause confusion when planning to visit a different country especially if you've never been there before. This guide was written to assist people wanting to power the iPhone 3G when visiting abroad.If going to Cambodia this page contains instructions showing powering your iPhone 3G by using the standard G, A or C type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Power will vary from country to country so please read the travel power supplies page for a complete list of countries. If visiting Cambodia from a different country make sure that the iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating when powering up. If you are planning to visit a Cambodian place such as Phnom Penh or Battambang we also suggest referring to the Cambodia country entry on Wikipedia.org [1] for more information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Cambodia

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Cambodia?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3G in Cambodia by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in Cambodia?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G then the best international travel charger for Cambodia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Cambodians use three different standards of plug sockets (G, A and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A, C and G. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the plugs. If your model of iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters. Because you are only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers and using only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Cambodia

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3G, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Cambodia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Cambodia.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in Cambodia?

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Cambodian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type G USB adapter to charge your iPhone 3G from a Cambodian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3G using the Cambodian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3G).
  2. First plug the Type G USB power adapter in the Cambodian power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 3 rectangular holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains charger 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 Cambodian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking between one to four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Cambodian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Cambodian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Learn how to power your iPhone 3G with a Cambodian power outlet by using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type A power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3G from the Cambodian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3G).
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter in the Cambodian power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 2 thin adjacent slots where the plug outlet pins go. Be aware that power cords used with type A outlets which are rated at 125 V should not be used so please check first.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger 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 Cambodian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is recharging which should take around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Cambodian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 3G from a Cambodian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type C power charger to recharge the iPhone 3G with a Cambodian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 3G using a Cambodian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will usually supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 3G).
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the Cambodian power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains power charger 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 Cambodian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3G from a Cambodian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodia - Cambodia country entry on Wikipedia.org
  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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  7. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  10. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters