How to charge the iPhone 3G in Libya

A step by step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Libyan power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter, charging the iPhone 3G using a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter and powering the iPhone 3G using a Type F power plug

Libyan power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. These instructions were specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3G when you are staying abroad.These instructions shows exactly how to power the iPhone 3G when staying in Libya by using the standard types D, C, F or L Libyan 127 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If the iPhone 3G doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are visiting Libya from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) can take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that the iPhone 3G is a dual voltage device (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. However note that Barca, Benghazi, Derna, Sabha and Tobruk will use a 230 volt power supply instead of 110 volts. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Libya

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Libya?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3G in Libya.

Libya

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in Libya?

When you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing along more than just your iPhone 3G the best travel charger for Libya is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four standards of power outlets in Libya (types D, C, F and L) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Having a four port charger will allow you to charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for a versatile travel charger like this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Libya

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies 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 Libya 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Libya using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Libya. [12]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in Libya?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Libyan power outlet

Instructions showing you how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Libyan power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a two pin Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 3G from the Libyan power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is typically included with your device).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Libyan power outlet. The plug outlet can be identified by two circular adjacent holes.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Turn on the Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is recharging taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Libyan power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Libyan power outlet

A step by step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Libyan power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3G using a Libyan power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Plug in the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 3 holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect 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 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Switch on the Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which takes around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Libyan power outlet

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Libyan power outlet

Instructions on how to power your iPhone 3G from a Libyan power outlet with an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type F USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3G using a Libyan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The sunken circular plug outlet can be identified by two large circular adjacent holes along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Switch on the Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Libyan power outlet

How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Libyan power outlet

Using an Apple 30-pin cable with a 3 pinned Type L USB charger to recharge your iPhone 3G from a Libyan power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3G using a Libyan power outlet you will need to buy a Type L USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Start by inserting the Type L USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this hexagon shaped wall supply by three large round adjecent holes forming a line for live, neutral and earth pins. Note there are two different types of Type L power supply rated for 10 amps and 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm thick round pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Turn on the Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type L power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Libyan power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Libya
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  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, under $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, priced around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, under $15 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, under $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  10. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  11. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (under £30 GBP / under C$5).
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).