Charging the iPhone when planning a trip to Ghana

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your iPhone with a Ghanaian power outlet using the 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter and how to power the iPhone using a 3 pin Type D power adapter.

Ghanaian power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This page contains a simple guide demonstrating exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone when staying in Ghana using the types G or D 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You will find power is different regionally therefore we suggest reading the Africa page for a complete list of regions and countries. When visiting Ghana from a different region please make sure that your iPhone can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPhone is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering 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 the full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Ghana

Can you use the iPhone in Ghana?

You can use the iPhone in Ghana by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone in Ghana?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Ghana is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Ghanaians use two different types of power outlets (types G and D) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type G. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your iPhone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter 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 help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; 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 different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Ghana

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, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Ghana.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Ghana.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone in Ghana?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone from a Ghanaian power outlet

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your iPhone with a Ghanaian power outlet using the 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type G power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone from a Ghanaian power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the three rectangular slots containing shutters forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone from a Ghanaian power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Ghanaian power outlet

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type D power charger to recharge your iPhone with a Ghanaian power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPhone from a Ghanaian power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually supplied with your iPhone by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise this power supply by the three holes forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging taking around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Ghanaian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghana - Ghanaian country entry on Wikipedia.org
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/0/MA616/en_US/iPhone_iOS3.1_User_Guide.pdf - The original iPhone product manual
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D 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