Charging your iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Iran

Learn how to charge your iPhone 3G with an Iranian power outlet with the 30-pin Apple cable with a two pinned Type C power adapter and how to power the iPhone 3G using a Type F USB charger.

Iranian power outlet

Complicated voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to buy in advance to charge the iPhone 3G . This guide has been specifically written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 3G when you're in staying in Iran.When you are visiting Iran the following instructions show how to power your iPhone 3G by using their standard types F or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power will differ depending on which country you are visiting so please read the power supplies and Asia page for a full list of regions and countries. When you are visiting Iran from another country check that the iPhone 3G can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Iran

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Iran?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3G to an Iranian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best travel power adapter for Iran is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Iranians use two different types of power outlets (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads over. If your type of iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel chargers for your Iranian trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single plug socket.

If you travel often we suggest searching for a flexible power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Iran

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting 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 when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Iran.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi only has 2 USB charging ports but offers 6 AC outlets. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, B, E, F, G and I making it perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Iran.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3G in Iran?

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

Using the Apple USB 30 pin cable and a Type C USB charger to power the iPhone 3G from an Iranian power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPhone 3G using the Iranian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply the cable when you buy your iPhone 3G).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the Iranian power outlet. The power supply, sometimes called a Europlug, can be identified by the 2 circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into 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. Turn on the Iranian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3G from an Iranian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from an Iranian power outlet

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a Type F USB adapter to power the iPhone 3G from an Iranian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 3G from an Iranian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already included with the iPhone 3G.
  2. Start by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other and two metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into 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. Turn on the Iranian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up and takes around one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from an Iranian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran - Iranian country page 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/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/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F 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