How to charge your iPhone from a power outlet in Zambia

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPhone with a Zambian power outlet by using an Apple 30 pin cable and a Type G power adapter, how to recharge the iPhone using a two pinned Type C USB adapter and charging the iPhone using a Type D power plug

Zambian power outlet

Differing region codes and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power the iPhone in Zambia. These instructions were written to stop travellers worrying if they can power their iPhone when they are visiting Zambia.If you are visiting Zambia this page contains instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone using their Type G, C or D Zambian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Zambians use the Type G wall outlets. Most power sockets differ depending on which country you are in therefore we recommend reading the power supplies and Africa page for a complete list of countries. If travelling to Zambia from another country double check your iPhone can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure 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.

This page details the iPhone first generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for a full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Zambia

Can the iPhone be used in Zambia?

You can connect the iPhone to a Zambian power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Zambia?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone then the best travel charger for Zambia is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different standards of plug sockets that Zambians use (types G, C and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the supplied heads. If your iPhone is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to Zambia. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your iPhone at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Zambia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of 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, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Zambia using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Zambia. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Zambia?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Zambian power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPhone with a Zambian power outlet by using an Apple 30 pin cable and a Type G power adapter.

  1. To power your iPhone from the Zambian 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 the cable when you first purchase the iPhone.
  2. Insert the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by three vertical rectangular holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cord into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Zambian 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 fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Zambian power outlet

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Zambian power outlet

Using an Apple 30-pin connector and a two pin Type C USB adapter to charge the iPhone from a Zambian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone from the Zambian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPhone.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Zambian power outlet. The plug outlet, also called a Type C power outlet [6] or Europlug, is identified by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Zambian power outlet

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

A page on how to recharge the iPhone with a Zambian power outlet by using an Apple 30 pin cable with a Type D power adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone using a Zambian power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically supply this cable with your iPhone).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the Zambian power outlet. This wall supply, sometimes called the Type D power outlet [8], looks like 3 holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking between 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone with a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia web page about Zambia
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  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, between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£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, between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, between $10 to $15 USD (under £25 GBP / under C$20).
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).