Charging your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Hong Kong

How to connect a Hong Kong power outlet to the iPhone 3GS

Hong Kong power outlet

Differing combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning on staying in another country, especially if you've never been there before. This page has been written to help assist travellers wanting to power their iPhone 3GS when they're going abroad.This page has step-by-step instructions showing you exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone 3GS when you are travelling to Hong Kong using a standard 220 volt 50Hz G Type Hong Kong plug outlet, the Hongkongers will use 13 amp plugs for charging. You'll find power changes regionally therefore please read the Asia and power supplies page for a full list of countries. When visiting Hong Kong from another region ensure that your iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Hong Kong

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Hong Kong?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Hong Kong power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Hong Kong?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 3GS then the best travel charger for Hong Kong is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Hong Kong we suggest buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer; the power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Hong Kong

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3GS, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Hong Kong.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Hong Kong.
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Hong Kong?

Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Hong Kong power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Hong Kong power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type G power adapter.

  1. To charge your iPhone 3GS using the Hong Kong power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply the cable when you buy your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the Hong Kong power outlet. This plug supply, sometimes known as a Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by 3 vertical rectangular slots forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains 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 Hong Kong power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which should take around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Hong Kong power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong - wikipedia entry about Hong Kong
  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/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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters