Charging the iPhone from a power outlet in Eritrea

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a 2 pin Type C power adapter to recharge your iPhone with an Eritrean power outlet and charging the iPhone using a three pinned Type L power adapter.

Eritrean power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone abroad.The following instructions will show exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone when travelling to Eritrea using the types L or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If you are visiting Eritrea from another country make sure the iPhone can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure your iPhone is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating during charging. If you intend to stay in a place like Asmara or Assab please refer to the Eritrean Wiki page [1] for more indepth information.

This page details the iPhone 1st 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 that you have installed Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Eritrea

Can you use the iPhone in Eritrea?

You can use the iPhone in Eritrea.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone in Eritrea?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPhone then the best travel power adapter for Eritrea is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Eritreans use two different types of power outlets (L and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your iPhone supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel adapters for your Eritrean trip. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Eritrea

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These power converters come 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 travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Eritrea.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Eritrea. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone in Eritrea?

Charging the iPhone from an Eritrean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a 2 pin Type C power adapter to recharge your iPhone with an Eritrean power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone from an Eritrean power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cord into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Eritrean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone from an Eritrean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPhone with an Eritrean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

A page showing how to charge your iPhone with an Eritrean power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a three pinned Type L power adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone using the Eritrean power outlet you will need to use a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is normally already included with the iPhone).
  2. Start by taking the Type L USB power adapter and plugging it in the Eritrean power outlet. This flattened hexagon shaped power outlet, sometimes known as a Type L power outlet [6], looks like 3 round holes forming a line for live, neutral and ground pins. You'll find there are two different variations of Type L plug supply rated for 10 and 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm round pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart and the 16 amp version has larger 5mm round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB 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 Eritrean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone with an Eritrean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Eritrean Wiki page
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  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, between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under 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, costing between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  7. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (£25-£30 GBP / around C$15).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).