Charging the iPhone 3GS when staying in Swaziland

The WikiConnections page showing how to recharge the iPhone 3GS from a Swazi power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a three pinned Type M power adapter.

Swazi power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning to visit another country especially to the first time traveller. These instructions have been written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3GS when you are travelling to Swaziland.If you're visiting Swaziland the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the iPhone 3GS using the 230 volt 50Hz M Type Swazi plug outlet. If you are travelling to Swaziland from a different country please make sure that your iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 3GS originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Swaziland

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Swaziland?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Swazi power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Swaziland?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 3GS or visiting more than one country then the best travel adapter for Swaziland is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on the plane. Due to their versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose power adapter like this online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Swaziland

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Swaziland using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Swaziland.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Swaziland?

How to use a Type M power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Swazi power outlet

The WikiConnections page showing how to recharge the iPhone 3GS from a Swazi power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a three pinned Type M power adapter.

  1. To charge your iPhone 3GS using the Swazi power outlet you'll need a Type M USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is typically supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Plug in the Type M USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by the three large holes in a triangular configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the cord into the bottom of the mains power 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 Swazi power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up taking roughly 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type M power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Swazi power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swaziland - Wikipedia.org entry about Swaziland
  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/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  4. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters