Charging your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Syria

Using a USB 30 pin connector with a two pinned Type C power adapter to power the iPhone 3GS with a Syrian power outlet, how to power the iPhone 3GS using a Type E USB plug and charging the iPhone 3GS using a three pinned Type L power adapter

Syrian power outlet

Varying different voltages and plugs can often be daunting when planning to stay in a new country, especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to power your iPhone 3GS . This guide was written to prevent travellers worrying if they'll be able to power their iPhone 3GS abroad.This page contains a step-by-step guide which shows how to supply power to the iPhone 3GS when you are in Syria using the types E, C or L Syrian 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. If visiting Syria from a different country please check the iPhone 3GS can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check 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 over-heating whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Syria

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Syria?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Syrian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3GS in Syria?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPhone 3GS then the best travel adapter for Syria is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three standards of wall outlets that Syrians use (types E, C and L) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your model of iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel adapters for your Syrian trip. Only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel adapter online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Syria

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from America visiting Syria.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 Syria.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3GS in Syria?

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Syrian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin connector with a two pinned Type C power adapter to power the iPhone 3GS with a Syrian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 3GS using the Syrian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should normally include this USB cable with the iPhone 3GS).
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  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. Switch on the Syrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up which typically takes between one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Syrian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Syrian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin connector with a two pinned Type E power adapter to power the iPhone 3GS with a Syrian power outlet.

  1. To power your iPhone 3GS using the Syrian power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually include this USB cable with the iPhone 3GS.
  2. Start by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by two large adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins go and a single metal grounding pin protruding the top forming a triangular configuration.
  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. Switch on the Syrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up which typically takes roughly one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Syrian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Syrian power outlet

Learn how to charge your iPhone 3GS with a Syrian power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector and a 3 pin Type L power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 3GS from a Syrian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type L USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type L USB power adapter and inserting it in the Syrian power outlet. This squashed hexagon shaped wall outlet, sometimes known as the Type L power outlet [8], can be recognised by 3 large adjecent holes forming a line. Please note there are two different variations of Type L plug supply rated for 10 and 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm pins spaced 5.5mm apart, and a 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Plug in one end of the cord into the bottom of 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 Syrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Syrian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syria - Syrian 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
  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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  9. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L 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