How to charge the iPhone 3G when visiting Kuwait

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type G power charger to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Kuwaiti power outlet and recharging the iPhone 3G using a Type C power adapter.

Kuwaiti power outlet

Complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to power the iPhone 3G in Kuwait. This page was written to prepare people wanting to charge the iPhone 3G when they are travelling to Kuwait.This page contains instructions showing you what you'll need to charge the iPhone 3G when you are visiting Kuwait by using their Type G or C Kuwaiti 240 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When travelling to Kuwait from another country double check the iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 3G originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check your iPhone 3G is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Kuwait

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Kuwait?

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

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Kuwait?

If travelling with more than your iPhone 3G then the best travel adapter for Kuwait to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Kuwaitis use two different standards of plug sockets (types G and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of iPhone 3G can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Kuwait

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3G, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Kuwait 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 best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Kuwait.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Kuwait.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Kuwait?

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

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type G power charger to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Kuwaiti power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 3G from the Kuwaiti power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet (technically known as a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like three holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of 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. Turn on the Kuwaiti power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Kuwaiti power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Kuwaiti power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type C USB charger to power the iPhone 3G with a Kuwaiti power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 3G using a Kuwaiti power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will normally supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 3G.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the Kuwaiti power outlet. This ungrounded wall outlet, sometimes called a Type C power outlet [6], is identified by 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the bottom of the USB mains 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. Switch on the Kuwaiti power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Kuwaiti power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuwait - Kuwaiti Wikipedia web page
  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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters