How to charge the iPhone in Botswana

A step-by-step guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone from a Botswana power outlet with an Apple 30 pin cable with a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter, charging the iPhone using a Type G power plug and charging the iPhone using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Botswana power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to visit a foreign country especially for the first time traveller. When staying in Botswana this page has useful instructions showing you how to charge the iPhone using their G, D or M type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. You will discover that most power sockets will vary from region to region therefore we suggest that you read our Wikiconnections world power supplies page for a full list of powering devices in different destinations. If travelling to Botswana from another country please ensure the iPhone can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. If you are planning on travelling to a city such as Gaborone or Francistown refer to the Botswana country page on wikipedia.org [1] for more information on visiting the area.

This page details the iPhone first generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for the full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Botswana

Can the iPhone be used in Botswana?

Yes, you can use the iPhone in Botswana.

Botswana

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone in Botswana?

If travelling with more than your iPhone then the best international travel power adapter for Botswana to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Botswanans use three different types of wall outlets (types G, D and M) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included heads over. If your model of iPhone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers, and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Botswana. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for a flexible power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Botswana

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Botswana 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Botswana.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Botswana. [10]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone in Botswana?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone from a Botswana power outlet

Using a USB 30-pin cable and a Type G power charger to power your iPhone from a Botswana power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone using a Botswana power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPhone.
  2. Start by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 3 rectangular holes with plastic shutters forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the power cord into the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Botswana power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging taking between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone from a Botswana power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Botswana power outlet

Using a USB 30-pin connector and a Type D power charger to power your iPhone from a Botswana power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone from the Botswana power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the device).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and plugging it into the Botswana power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type D power outlet [6]) looks like three round holes forming a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Botswana power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging and takes between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Botswana power outlet

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

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 3 pinned Type M USB charger to recharge your iPhone from a Botswana power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone using a Botswana power outlet you will need a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type M USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 3 circular holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Botswana power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to recharge.
Charging the iPhone from a Botswana power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Botswana country page on wikipedia.org
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$5).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, under $15 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  8. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, under $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).