How to charge the iPhone 3GS when staying in Mali

The WikiConnections page on how to power your iPhone 3GS from a Malian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter and how to recharge the iPhone 3GS using a Type E power plug.

Malian power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent people worrying if they can power the iPhone 3GS when going abroad.If you are going to travel to Mali these useful instructions show how to supply power to the iPhone 3GS using their Type E or C 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Power sources will change depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore we suggest that you read our Wikiconnections global power connections list where you'll find a complete list of countries. If travelling to Mali from another country please ensure that the iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 3GS originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPhone 3GS is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Mali

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Mali?

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

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Mali?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3GS or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Mali to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Malians use two different types of plug sockets (E and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Mali or occupying additional power outlets. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Mali

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3GS, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Mali 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 power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Mali.
  • 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 America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 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 Mali.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Mali?

Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Malian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

The WikiConnections page on how to power your iPhone 3GS from a Malian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 3GS from a Malian power outlet you will need to buy 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 Malian power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 round 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 Malian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which typically takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Malian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

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

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3GS using a Malian power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [7] 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 E USB power adapter and plugging it into the Malian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two adjacent holes where the pins slide into with a long metal grounding pin protruding from the top forming 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 Malian 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 one to four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Malian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali - Mali country 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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters