How to charge the iPhone when planning a trip to Gabon

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a Type C power charger to charge the iPhone from a Gabonese power outlet.

Gabonese power outlet

Different region codes and plugs can all be confusing when planning on travelling to another country to the first time traveller. These instructions have been written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone when you are going to Gabon.The following step-by-step guide will show you exactly how to charge your iPhone when you're visiting Gabon by using a 220 volt 50Hz C Type Gabonese wall outlet, the Gabonese will use Europlugs for power outlets. If visiting Gabon from a different country ensure the iPhone can accept a 240v supply. If your iPhone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check the iPhone is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it.

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 that you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Gabon

Can the iPhone be used in Gabon?

You can use the iPhone in Gabon by using the correct power convertor.

Gabon

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone in Gabon?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Gabon is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPhone supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPhone at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility 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 an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Gabon

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Gabon using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Gabon. [6]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone in Gabon?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Gabonese power outlet

Instructions on how to charge the iPhone from a Gabonese power outlet using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone using a Gabonese power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone.
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. This plug outlet, also called a Europlug, is identified by two holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Gabonese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Gabonese power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Gabon wikipedia page
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, costs around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).