How to charge the iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Tanzania

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 3G with a Tanzanian power outlet by using an Apple USB 30-pin cable with a Type G USB adapter and how to charge the iPhone 3G using a three pinned Type D USB plug.

Tanzanian power outlet

Various voltages and plugs can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country especially to the first time traveller. This page contains step by step instructions demonstrating what you'll need to charge the iPhone 3G when visiting Tanzania by using their types G or D Tanzanian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware Type G wall outlets will be used by most Tanzanians. You'll discover power will change depending on which region you are visiting so please read the World power supplies page for a complete list of countries. If you are travelling to Tanzania from a different country ensure the iPhone 3G can accept a 240v supply. If your iPhone 3G originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check your iPhone 3G is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Tanzania

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Tanzania?

You can use the iPhone 3G in Tanzania by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Tanzania?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G then the best travel charger for Tanzania to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Tanzanians use (types 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 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 3G at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for a multipurpose travel adapter like this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Tanzania

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Tanzania 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Tanzania using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Tanzania. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Tanzania?

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Tanzanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a 3 pinned Type G power charger to recharge the iPhone 3G with a Tanzanian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 3G from the Tanzanian power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - the cable is usually included with your iPhone 3G by Apple.
  2. Begin by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 3 rectangular holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Tanzanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Tanzanian power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type D power adapter to charge the iPhone 3G from a Tanzanian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 3G from a Tanzanian power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the Tanzanian power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 3 round holes forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of 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. Switch on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is powering up taking between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Tanzanian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Tanzania
  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 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, costs 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, priced 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, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).