How to charge the iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Lesotho

How to connect a Basotho power outlet to the iPhone 3GS

Basotho power outlet

Differing voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPhone 3GS in Lesotho. This guide has been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3GS abroad.If you are planning a vacation to Lesotho this page has instructions showing how to supply power to your iPhone 3GS by using the standard 220 volt 50Hz M Type plug supply. You'll discover that most power supplies are different regionally so we suggest that you read the Wiki Connections travel power connections page where you'll find a complete list of regions. If you are visiting Lesotho from a different country please ensure that the iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone 3GS originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v check your iPhone 3GS is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you plan on visiting a Basotho destination like Maseru or Hlotse we also recommend referring to the Basotho country page on Wikipedia [1] for further information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Lesotho

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Lesotho?

You can use the iPhone 3GS in Lesotho by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3GS in Lesotho?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 3GS and visiting more than one country then the best travel adapter for Lesotho to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip to Lesotho or using up additional wall outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel 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 and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Lesotho

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3GS, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Lesotho and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Lesotho using type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Lesotho.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3GS in Lesotho?

Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Basotho power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type M power charger to recharge the iPhone 3GS with a Basotho power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 3GS from the Basotho power outlet you will need a Type M USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is typically included with the iPhone 3GS by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type M USB power adapter and plugging it in the power supply. This power outlet (sometimes known as the Type M power outlet [3]) can be identified by 3 circular holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Basotho power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Basotho power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesotho - Basotho country page on Wikipedia
  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/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  4. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters