How to charge the iPhone 3GS when staying in Somalia

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

Somali power outlet

Differing frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. When visiting Somalia the following instructions show charging your iPhone 3GS using their 220 volt 50Hz C Type power outlet, the Somalians will use Europlugs for wall outlets. When you are visiting Somalia from a different country check your iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Somalia

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Somalia?

You can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Somali power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3GS or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Somalia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

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 North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) 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 Somalia or occupying additional power outlets. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and convenient 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 as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel regularly we recommend searching for a flexible power charger like this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Somalia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, 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 useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Somalia 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 Somalia.
  • 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 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 Somalia. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Somalia?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Somali power outlet

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type C power charger to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a Somali power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3GS using a Somali 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. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall 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 Somali power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3GS will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Somali power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Somalia
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, costs around $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-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, between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$15).
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).