Charging the iPhone 3G in Madagascar

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone 3G with a Malagasy power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pin Type D USB charger, how to charge the iPhone 3G using a Type C power charger and powering the iPhone 3G using a two pin Type E USB plug

Malagasy power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and plug types can all be confusing when planning on staying in a new country if you've never been there before. These instructions have been written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 3G abroad.If you're staying in Madagascar these useful instructions show how to power the iPhone 3G using the standard D, C, E, J or K type 127 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please be aware that Type D power outlets are typically used by a majority of Malagasy. If the iPhone 3G does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Madagascar from a different region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, check the iPhone 3G is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Madagascar

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Madagascar?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3G to a Malagasy power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3G in Madagascar?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your iPhone 3G the best international travel charger for Madagascar is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Malagasy use five different standards of power outlets (D, C, E, J and K) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters on your Malagasy trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel often we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Madagascar

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3G, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Madagascar using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Madagascar. [14] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3G in Madagascar?

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Malagasy power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type C power charger to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3G from a Malagasy power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally supply this USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 3G).
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. The power supply (known as the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by two adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the bottom of the USB mains 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. Switch on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up which should take between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Malagasy power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type D power charger to charge the iPhone 3G from a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3G using the Malagasy power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - the cable is normally supplied with the device.
  2. Insert the Type D USB power adapter into the Malagasy power outlet. This wall outlet (sometimes known as a Type D power outlet [6]) looks like three circular holes in a triangular pattern 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. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up which typically takes between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Malagasy power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Malagasy power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 3G with a Malagasy power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type E USB charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 3G using a Malagasy power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is usually included with the iPhone 3G).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type E USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two large circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins plus a single metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the cable into the mains USB 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 Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is recharging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Malagasy power outlet

How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Malagasy power outlet

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone 3G with a Malagasy power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pin Type J USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3G using the Malagasy power outlet you'll need a Type J USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - the cable is normally supplied with the device.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type J USB power adapter into the Malagasy power outlet. You can recognise the hexagon shaped plug outlet by three large holes in a flattened triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the 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 Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone 3G screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging which should take around 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Malagasy power outlet

How to use a Type K power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Malagasy power outlet

A guide showing you how to power your iPhone 3G with a Malagasy power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type K USB adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 3G using a Malagasy power outlet you'll need to use a Type K USB power adapter [13] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is usually included with the iPhone 3G).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type K USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 large holes forming an upside-down triangle shape for the live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the 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 Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging and takes around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type K power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Malagasy power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Malagasy Wikipedia web page
  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, costing between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$20).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, estimated price between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under 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, priced at under $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  8. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$15).
  10. iec.ch - Type J power outlet
  11. Type J USB power adapter - Type J USB chargers have three rounded pins placed in a flattened triangular pattern with the top pin acting as an earth, between $10 to $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$15).
  12. iec.ch - Type K power outlet
  13. Type K USB power adapter - There are three pins on a Type K USB charger comprising of two large rounded pins and a bottom semi-circular grounding pin, estimated cost around $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$5-C$10).
  14. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).