How to charge the iPhone from a power outlet in Sierra Leone

Using the 30 pin Apple cable with a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter to recharge your iPhone from a Sierra Leonean power outlet and how to recharge the iPhone using a three pinned Type D USB adapter.

Sierra Leonean power outlet

Various voltages and sockets can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. The following useful guide shows what you'll need to charge the iPhone when travelling to Sierra Leone by using their G or D type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When you are visiting Sierra Leone from a different country make sure the iPhone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it. If you plan on visiting a Sierra Leonean destination like Freetown we suggest referring to the Sierra Leone Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details on visiting the area.

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Charging the iPhone in Sierra Leone

Can the iPhone be used in Sierra Leone?

You can connect the iPhone to a Sierra Leonean power outlet.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone in Sierra Leone?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel adapter for Sierra Leone to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of plug sockets that Sierra Leoneans use (types G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your model of iPhone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices. Having a 4 port adapter means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Sierra Leone

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting 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 useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Sierra Leone 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Sierra Leone.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to 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 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Sierra Leone. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone in Sierra Leone?

Charging the iPhone from a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple cable with a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter to recharge your iPhone from a Sierra Leonean power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone from the Sierra Leonean power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually supply this cable with your iPhone.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it into the power outlet. This wall supply, sometimes known as the Type G power outlet [3], looks like three vertical rectangular holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cable into the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging which typically takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone from a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Powering the iPhone with a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter to recharge your iPhone from a Sierra Leonean power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPhone using a Sierra Leonean power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is usually already supplied with the device).
  2. Plug in the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet (sometimes called a Type D power outlet [6]) looks like 3 holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Sierra Leone Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, costs between $10 to $15 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$15).
  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 at 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, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (under £25 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).