Charging the iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Ghana

Using a 30 pin connector and a Type G USB charger to power the iPhone 3GS with a Ghanaian power outlet and powering the iPhone 3GS using a three pinned Type D power adapter.

Ghanaian power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. This page has been written to help prepare travellers wanting to charge the iPhone 3GS abroad.This page is a simple guide telling you how to charge your iPhone 3GS when travelling to Ghana by using their standard types G or D 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When travelling to Ghana from another region make sure the iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check the iPhone 3GS is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Ghana

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Ghana?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Ghanaian power outlet by using a power adaptor.

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

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 3GS and visiting more than one country the best travel charger for Ghana is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of power outlets in Ghana (G and D) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel chargers along with support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring multiple power adapters on your trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone 3GS at an airport or on the flight. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for an adaptable travel adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Ghana

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Ghana and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Ghana.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Ghana.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Ghana?

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a 30 pin connector and a Type G USB charger to power the iPhone 3GS with a Ghanaian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3GS from a Ghanaian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this USB cable is usually included with the device.
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter into the power supply. The power supply, technically known as a Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by three holes with shutters in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in one end of the power 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 Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone 3GS screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up which should take between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Ghanaian power outlet

Using a 30 pin connector and a Type D USB charger to power the iPhone 3GS from a Ghanaian power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3GS from the Ghanaian power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is typically supplied with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type D USB power adapter into the Ghanaian power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the 3 round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in one end of the charging 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 Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone 3GS screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up which should take between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Ghanaian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghana - Wikipedia web page about Ghana
  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. 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