Charging your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Tanzania

Using the Apple USB 30-pin connector with a three pin Type G power adapter to power the iPhone 3GS from a Tanzanian power outlet and how to power the iPhone 3GS using a 3 pin Type D USB charger.

Tanzanian power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge your iPhone 3GS . These simple instructions will show how to supply power to the iPhone 3GS when you're in Tanzania using their standard G or D type Tanzanian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please note Type G power outlets will be used by a majority of Tanzanians. If you are visiting Tanzania from another country make sure your iPhone 3GS can accept a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 3GS was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check that your iPhone 3GS is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it. If you're planning to stay in a tourist destination such as Dar es Salaam or Dar es Salaam please refer to the Tanzania Wiki page [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Tanzania

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Tanzania?

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

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Tanzania?

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your iPhone 3GS then the best travel power adapter for Tanzania is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Tanzanians use two different types of power outlets (types G and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy multiple power adapters for your Tanzanian trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel to Tanzania we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Tanzania

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Tanzania.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Tanzania.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Tanzania?

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

Using a 30-pin connector and a 3 pin Type G power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Tanzanian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 3GS from a Tanzanian power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this USB cable is normally already included with the device.
  2. First you'll need to plug the Type G USB power adapter in the Tanzanian power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the 3 vertical holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Tanzanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type D power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Tanzanian power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 3GS from a Tanzanian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by inserting the Type D USB power adapter into the Tanzanian power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the three circular holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cable into the bottom of the USB 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 Tanzanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Tanzanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanzania - Tanzania Wiki page
  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
  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. 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
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters