How to charge the iPhone 3GS when staying in Madagascar

The WikiConnections page on how to power your iPhone 3GS from a Malagasy power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type E power charger, how to recharge the iPhone 3GS using a Type C power plug and charging the iPhone 3GS using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Malagasy power outlet

Various region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. This page has been specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3GS when you're visiting abroad.When visiting Madagascar the following instructions show powering your iPhone 3GS using their Type D, C, E, J or K 127 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Malagasy will normally use the Type D wall outlets. If the iPhone 3GS slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Madagascar 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) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your device is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. If you intend to stay at a Malagasy destination like Antananarivo please read the Malagasy Wikipedia page [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Madagascar

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Madagascar?

You can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Malagasy power outlet.

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

If travelling with more than your iPhone 3GS then the best international travel power adapter for Madagascar to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [14]. There are five different standards of power outlets in Madagascar (types D, C, E, J and K) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Madagascar or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [14] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Madagascar

The 4 port USB travel charger [14] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3GS, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting 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 which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Madagascar.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Madagascar.
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3GS in Madagascar?

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

Learn how to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Malagasy power outlet by using a USB 30-pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3GS using a Malagasy power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Malagasy power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord 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. Switch on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up which takes around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Malagasy power outlet

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

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type D power charger to power your iPhone 3GS from a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3GS from the Malagasy power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Insert the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The power outlet, technically known as the Type D power outlet [6], can be recognised by the three round holes forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then 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 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging taking between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Malagasy power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Malagasy power outlet

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type E power charger to power your iPhone 3GS from a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3GS using a Malagasy power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally included with your device).
  2. Plug in the Type E USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two 4.8mm round holes 19mm apart from each other where the twin pins slide into plus a single long metal grounding pin protruding from the top to form a triangular pattern.
  3. Then 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 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Turn on the Malagasy 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 mobile is charging which should take roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Malagasy power outlet

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Malagasy power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type J power charger to power your iPhone 3GS from a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3GS from the Malagasy power outlet you'll need to use a Type J USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type J USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This squashed hexagon shaped power supply, technically known as the Type J power outlet [10], can be recognised by the three large round holes forming a flattened triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then 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 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging taking between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Malagasy power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

How to use a Type K power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Malagasy power outlet

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a 2 pinned Type K USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3GS using a Malagasy power outlet you will need a Type K USB power adapter [13] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally included with your device).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type K USB power adapter and plugging it into the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 3 holes in an inverted triangle configuration and the bottom hole being semicircular in shape.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cord into the mains USB 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. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type K power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Malagasy power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madagascar - Malagasy 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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  10. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeJ.htm - Type J power outlet
  11. Type J USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type J mains power outlet
  12. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeK.htm - Type K power outlet
  13. Type K USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type K mains power outlet
  14. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters