How to charge the iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Libya

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power the iPhone 3GS with a Libyan power outlet with a USB 30-pin cable and a three pin Type D USB charger, powering the iPhone 3GS using a Type C power charger and how to recharge the iPhone 3GS using a two pinned Type F power plug

Libyan power outlet

Varying different region codes and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This page has been specifically written to help assist travellers wanting to charge the iPhone 3GS when going abroad.If you are travelling to Libya this page has useful instructions showing how to power your iPhone 3GS using the standard Type D, C, F or L 127 volt 50Hz power outlets. If your iPhone 3GS charges slowly or does not power up when visiting Libya from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that your device is dual voltage (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. However be aware that Barca, Benghazi, Derna, Sabha and Tobruk will use a 230 volt power outlet instead of 110 volts. If you intend on visiting a Libyan destination like Tripoli or Benghazi we also recommend referring to the Libyan Wikipedia page [1] for further information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Libya

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Libya?

You can use the iPhone 3GS in Libya by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Libya?

When travelling to more than one country and bringing more than just your iPhone 3GS the best travel power adapter for Libya is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [12]. Libyans use four different standards of wall outlets (D, C, F and L) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. This means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your Libyan trip. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPhone 3GS at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [12] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Libya

The 4 port USB travel charger [12] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Libya.
  • 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 America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Libya.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Libya?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Libyan power outlet

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger to charge the iPhone 3GS with a Libyan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3GS using a Libyan power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The power supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the two holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Libyan power outlet

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Libyan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power the iPhone 3GS with a Libyan power outlet with a USB 30-pin cable and a three pin Type D USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3GS using the Libyan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is usually already included with your iPhone 3GS by Apple).
  2. Plug in the Type D USB power adapter in the Libyan power outlet. This wall supply, technically known as a Type D power outlet [6], looks like three circular holes in a triangle shape.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin 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. Switch on the Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 3GS screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Libyan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Libyan power outlet

The Wiki Connections page on how to charge the iPhone 3GS with a Libyan power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a two pinned Type F power charger.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 3GS using a Libyan power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Firstly insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Libyan power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins and two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into 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. Turn on the Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is recharging which takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Libyan power outlet

Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Libyan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a Type L USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a Libyan power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3GS using a Libyan power outlet you'll need to use a Type L USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually already included with your device by Apple).
  2. Firstly insert the Type L USB power adapter in the Libyan power outlet. You can recognise this hexagon shaped plug outlet by 3 large round adjecent holes in a line for live, neutral and ground pins. Note there are two variations of Type L power outlet, one rated at 10 amps and one for 16 amps. The 10 amp power supply has 4mm thick round pins spaced 5.5mm apart whilst the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm round pins that are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter 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 Libyan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 3GS will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Libyan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libya - Libyan Wikipedia page
  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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  10. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  11. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L mains power outlet
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters