How to charge the iPhone 3G when staying in Burkina Faso

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger to power your iPhone 3G from a Burkinabe power outlet and charging the iPhone 3G using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter.

Burkinabe power outlet

Differing voltages and sockets can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 3G when you're visiting abroad.If you are going to travel to Burkina Faso these useful instructions show how to supply power to your iPhone 3G using their E or C type 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. Power sources will change depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore we suggest that you read our Wiki Connections global power connections page for a full list showing regions and countries. If travelling to Burkina Faso from another country please ensure the iPhone 3G can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 3G came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure that your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Burkina Faso

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Burkina Faso?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a Burkinabe power outlet.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in Burkina Faso?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel adapter for Burkina Faso to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of power outlets in Burkina Faso (types E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Burkina Faso or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel regularly we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel 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 Burkina Faso

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Burkina Faso and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Burkina Faso using 3 pinned type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost 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 a more 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Burkina Faso. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in Burkina Faso?

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

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger to power your iPhone 3G from a Burkinabe power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3G from the Burkinabe power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Burkinabe power outlet. You can recognise this power supply by 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the USB power 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. Switch on the Burkinabe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up which takes around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Burkinabe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

A page on how to power your iPhone 3G from a Burkinabe power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type E power charger.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 3G from the Burkinabe power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 3G).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it into the Burkinabe power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two holes 19mm apart from each other where the two pins slide into plus a single long metal grounding pin protruding from the top to form a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Burkinabe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging taking roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Burkinabe power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Burkina Faso
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced around $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, priced at between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).