How to charge your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Gambia

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Gambian power outlet.

Gambian power outlet

Differing region codes and plug types can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country if you've never visited before. The following step-by-step guide shows you what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone 3GS when you are travelling to Gambia by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G Gambian plug outlet, with the Gambians using 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. If travelling to Gambia from another country please ensure that the iPhone 3GS can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your iPhone 3GS is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. If you plan on travelling to a Gambian destination like Serekunda we also suggest referring to the Gambian entry on Wikipedia [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Gambia

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Gambia?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3GS in Gambia.

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel adapter for Gambia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets and using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Gambia

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] 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 wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Gambia 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 going to Gambia.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs. This is a much 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 a more generous 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 Gambia.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3GS in Gambia?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Gambian power outlet

The Wiki Connections page on how to power your iPhone 3GS from a Gambian power outlet using a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a Type G USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3GS from the Gambian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Plug in the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet (technically known as the Type G power outlet [3]) looks like three vertical rectangular holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Then connect 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 Gambian 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 mobile is charging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Gambian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gambia - Gambian entry on Wikipedia
  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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters