Charging the iPhone 3G when planning a trip to Cameroon

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Cameroonian power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type C USB charger and how to power the iPhone 3G using a 2 pin Type E USB charger.

Cameroonian power outlet

Differing voltages and plug types can often be daunting when planning on travelling to a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3G when travelling abroad.This simple guide will show exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone 3G when travelling to Cameroon by using their standard E or C type Cameroonian 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll discover power sockets change depending on which country you are visiting so we suggest reading the power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Cameroon from a different country please check that the iPhone 3G can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPhone 3G is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overheating during charging. If you're planning on taking a trip to a Cameroonian place such as Douala read the Wikipedia entry about Cameroon [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Cameroon

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Cameroon?

You can use the iPhone 3G in Cameroon by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3G in Cameroon?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 3G or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Cameroon to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of plug sockets in Cameroon (E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

This will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Cameroon we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Cameroon

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3G, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 portable option for travellers originating from America going to Cameroon using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Cameroon.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3G in Cameroon?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Cameroonian power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Cameroonian power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type C USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 3G using the Cameroonian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually include this USB cable with the iPhone 3G).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Cameroonian power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two round holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains power 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. Switch on the Cameroonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Cameroonian power outlet

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

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type E USB charger to charge your iPhone 3G with a Cameroonian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 3G using the Cameroonian power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually supplied with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Start by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the wall supply. The circular power supply can be recognised by two 4.8mm circular holes 19mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins plus one long metal grounding pin protruding the top forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB power 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 Cameroonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 3G screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging taking around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Cameroonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameroon - Wikipedia entry about Cameroon
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/0/MA616/en_US/iPhone_iOS3.1_User_Guide.pdf - Official iPhone 3G 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