Charging the iPhone 3GS when staying in Burundi

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a two pin Type C USB charger to recharge the iPhone 3GS from a Burundian power outlet and how to charge the iPhone 3GS using a Type E USB adapter.

Burundian power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and region codes can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. This guide has been specifically written to stop visitors worrying if they'll be able to power their iPhone 3GS when they're staying in Burundi.This page has instructions demonstrating exactly what you'll need to charge the iPhone 3GS when you're visiting Burundi using their standard Type E or C 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Power sockets will change depending on which region you're in therefore we recommend that you read the Wikiconnections travel power supplies list for a full list of regions. When you are travelling to Burundi from another country check the iPhone 3GS can accept a 240v supply. If the iPhone 3GS was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you plan to visit a Burundian city like Bujumbura refer to the Burundian Wikipedia web page [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Burundi

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Burundi?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3GS in Burundi.

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

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 3GS the best international travel charger for Burundi to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Burundians use two different standards of plug sockets (types E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Burundian trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to different continents we recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Burundi

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 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Burundi and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Burundi.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Burundi.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3GS in Burundi?

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

Using the Apple 30-pin connector and a Type C USB adapter to power the iPhone 3GS with a Burundian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 3GS from a Burundian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is typically supplied with the device).
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Burundian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two circular holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the power cable into the USB mains 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. Switch on the Burundian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which typically takes around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Burundian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Burundian power outlet

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a two pin Type E USB charger to recharge the iPhone 3GS from a Burundian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3GS from the Burundian power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually include this cable when you buy your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Firstly plug the Type E USB power adapter in the power outlet. The sunken round plug outlet (known as the Type E power outlet [6] or CEE 7/7 plug) can be recognised by two round adjacent holes next to each other along with one long metal earth pin protruding from the top forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Burundian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone 3GS screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is charging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Burundian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burundi - Burundian Wikipedia web 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters