How to charge your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Sierra Leone

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power your iPhone 3GS from a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 30 pin cable with a Type G power adapter and how to charge the iPhone 3GS using a Type D USB adapter.

Sierra Leonean power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and sockets can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to help prepare travellers wanting to power the iPhone 3GS abroad.The following simple guide shows how to power the iPhone 3GS when visiting Sierra Leone by using the G or D type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When visiting Sierra Leone from another country please ensure your iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240v supply. If your iPhone 3GS originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Sierra Leone

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Sierra Leone?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3GS in Sierra Leone by using the correct power convertor.

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

If travelling to multiple countries the best international travel power adapter for Sierra Leone to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Sierra Leoneans use two different types of plug sockets (G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your type of iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port charger will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to Sierra Leone. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Sierra Leone

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3GS, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling portable power converter 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 Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Sierra Leone?

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

The Wiki Connections guide showing how to power your iPhone 3GS from a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 30 pin cable with a Type G power adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 3GS from the Sierra Leonean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include this cable with your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Insert the Type G USB power adapter in the Sierra Leonean power outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes called a Type G power outlet [3], looks like 3 slots with plastic shutters forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the cable into the 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. Turn on the Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Sierra Leonean power outlet

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

Learn how to power your iPhone 3GS from a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 30 pin cable with a Type D power adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 3GS using a Sierra Leonean power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple normally include this cable with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type D USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by three round holes forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the 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. Turn on the Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Leone - Wikipedia web page about Sierra Leone
  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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply, between $5 to $10 USD (around £15 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, costing around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  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, between $15 to $20 USD (around £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, estimated price under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).