How to charge the iPhone when staying in Cameroon

The WikiConnections page on how to power your iPhone from a Cameroonian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger and how to recharge the iPhone using a Type E power plug.

Cameroonian power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent people worrying if they can power the iPhone when they're going abroad.If you're travelling to Cameroon the following instructions show charging your iPhone using their E or C type 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. If you are travelling to Cameroon from a different region check that your iPhone can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. If you plan on visiting a place such as Douala or Yaoundé refer to the Cameroonian page on wikipedia.org [1] for further 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 a full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Cameroon

Can the iPhone be used in Cameroon?

You can connect the iPhone to a Cameroonian power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone in Cameroon?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Cameroon is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Cameroonians use two different types of plug sockets (E and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the included heads over. If your model of iPhone can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and convenient for recharging your iPhone at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Cameroon

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 visiting Cameroon.
  • 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 is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 Cameroon.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone in Cameroon?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone from a Cameroonian power outlet

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone from a Cameroonian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone using a Cameroonian power outlet you will need 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).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 holes next to each other where the twin pins slide into.
  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. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Cameroonian 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 phone is powering up which takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone from a Cameroonian power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Cameroonian power outlet

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter to recharge the iPhone with a Cameroonian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone using a Cameroonian power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally included with your device).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This round wall supply (called a Type E power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the two large circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins plus a single long metal grounding pin protruding from the top forming a triangle shape.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cord into 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 Cameroonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Cameroonian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameroon - Cameroonian page on wikipedia.org
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/0/MA616/en_US/iPhone_iOS3.1_User_Guide.pdf - The original iPhone product manual
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters