How to charge the iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Cape Verde

Using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C USB charger to power your iPhone 3GS from a Cape Verdean power outlet and how to recharge the iPhone 3GS using a two pin Type F USB adapter.

Cape Verdean power outlet

If you are packing for a vacation to Cape Verde it's helpful to know if you'll be able to power any electronics when you're there. By not knowing which plug socket is used in Cape Verde you may end up either having to bring too many spare adaptors or pack the wrong charger, meaning having to buy or borrow a suitable charger on arrival. Differing region codes and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. The following step by step instructions tells you exactly how to power the iPhone 3GS when you are visiting Cape Verde by using the standard Type F or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Cape Verdeans will typically use the Type F plugs in their power outlets. If travelling to Cape Verde from another country please check that your iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240v supply. If your iPhone 3GS originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Cape Verde

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Cape Verde?

You can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Cape Verdean power outlet.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3GS in Cape Verde?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3GS or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Cape Verde is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Cape Verdeans use two different standards of wall outlets (F 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 handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters. By only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your iPhone 3GS at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Cape Verde

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, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Cape Verde 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 most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Cape Verde.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Cape Verde.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3GS in Cape Verde?

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

Using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C USB charger to power your iPhone 3GS from a Cape Verdean power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 3GS using a Cape Verdean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple will typically supply this cable with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Cape Verdean power outlet. The plug supply, also called a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, can be identified by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power 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. Switch on the Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is recharging which typically takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using an Apple 30-pin connector and a Type F USB adapter to charge the iPhone 3GS with a Cape Verdean power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3GS using a Cape Verdean power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is typically included with your device by Apple).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the Cape Verdean power outlet. The sunken round wall supply, also known as the Schuko plug or Type F power outlet [6], can be recognised by two large circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go and thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cord 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 Cape Verdean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which should take between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Cape Verdean power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Verde - Cape Verdean Wiki 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/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F 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