Charging your iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Sierra Leone

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone 3G with a Sierra Leonean power outlet using an Apple USB 30 pin cable and a Type G USB charger and recharging the iPhone 3G using a Type D USB adapter.

Sierra Leonean power outlet

Varying different combinations of frequencies and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3G abroad.This page has step by step instructions which shows what you'll need to power your iPhone 3G when going to Sierra Leone using the Type G or D Sierra Leonean 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. If travelling to Sierra Leone from a different country please make sure that your iPhone 3G can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 3G was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure your iPhone 3G is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. If you're planning on staying at a city like Freetown or Bo we recommend reading the Sierra Leonean Wikipedia web page [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Sierra Leone

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Sierra Leone?

You can use the iPhone 3G in Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3G in Sierra Leone?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G and visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for Sierra Leone to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of plug sockets in Sierra Leone (G and D) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power adapters or using up additional power sockets. By only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone 3G at an airport or on a flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Sierra Leone

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3G, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Sierra Leone and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Sierra Leone using type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Sierra Leone. [8]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3G in Sierra Leone?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Sierra Leonean power outlet

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone 3G with a Sierra Leonean power outlet using an Apple USB 30 pin cable and a Type G USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPhone 3G using the Sierra Leonean power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the cable is normally already supplied with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it in the Sierra Leonean power outlet. This plug supply, sometimes known as a Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by 3 vertical rectangular slots forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cable into the mains power 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 Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which should take around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Sierra Leonean power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Sierra Leonean power outlet

Using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type D USB adapter to power the iPhone 3G with a Sierra Leonean power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3G from the Sierra Leonean power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], normally already included with your iPhone 3G.
  2. Start by plugging the Type D USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the 3 round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the cord into the bottom of the power 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 Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging, typically taking between 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Sierra Leonean power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Sierra Leonean Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  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, estimated price under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  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 around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-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, costing between $10 to $15 USD (under £25 GBP / under C$5).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).