Charging the iPhone 3GS when visiting Cameroon

Using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type C power charger to recharge the iPhone 3GS with a Cameroonian power outlet and charging the iPhone 3GS using a Type E USB adapter.

Cameroonian power outlet

Complicated voltages and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country if you've never been there before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPhone 3GS in Cameroon. This guide was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3GS abroad.When you're visiting Cameroon this page has useful instructions showing you how to power your iPhone 3GS by using the standard E or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power sources vary regionally therefore please read our Wiki Connections global power sockets guide for a complete list of countries. When you are visiting Cameroon from another region please make sure that your iPhone 3GS can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from over-heating during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Cameroon

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Cameroon?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Cameroonian power outlet.

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

When you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPhone 3GS the best travel power adapter for Cameroon is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of power outlets in Cameroon (types E and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

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 3GS, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Cameroon 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 best selling portable 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 Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Cameroon.
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3GS in Cameroon?

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

Using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type C power charger to recharge the iPhone 3GS with a Cameroonian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 3GS from the Cameroonian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually already included with your device by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Cameroonian power outlet. This power outlet, also called a Europlug, is identified by two adjacent 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 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 Cameroonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Cameroonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Cameroonian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Using a USB 30-pin connector and a 2 pinned Type E power charger to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Cameroonian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 3GS from a Cameroonian power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally supply this cable when you buy the iPhone 3GS.
  2. Plug in the Type E USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go along with one metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the 30 pin cable into the USB 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. Turn on the Cameroonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up which should take between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Cameroonian power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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