How to charge your iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Eritrea

Using a USB 30 pin cable with a Type C power charger to charge the iPhone 3G with an Eritrean power outlet and how to recharge the iPhone 3G using a 3 pinned Type L USB charger.

Eritrean power outlet

Differing voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power the iPhone 3G in Eritrea. These instructions were written to help prepare people wanting to charge the iPhone 3G abroad.When you're staying in Eritrea this page contains instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 3G using their standard types L or C Eritrean 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When visiting Eritrea from another country please make sure your iPhone 3G can be used with a 240v supply. If your iPhone 3G originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure that your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Eritrea

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Eritrea?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to an Eritrean power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Eritrea?

If travelling with more than your iPhone 3G or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Eritrea is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of plug sockets that Eritreans use (types L and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port charger will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for charging your iPhone 3G at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Eritrea

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3G, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips 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 appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Eritrea using type B American 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 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 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Eritrea. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Eritrea?

Charging the iPhone 3G from an Eritrean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a 30 pin cable and a Type C USB adapter to charge the iPhone 3G from an Eritrean power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 3G using an Eritrean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 3G).
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Eritrean power outlet. This ungrounded wall supply (sometimes called a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by the two round holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the USB mains 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 Eritrean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3G from an Eritrean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

Using the Apple 30 pin cable and a three pin Type L USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3G from an Eritrean power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 3G using an Eritrean power outlet you'll need to use a Type L USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this cable is typically included with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin by taking the Type L USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. You can identify this squashed hexagon shaped plug outlet by the 3 circular adjecent holes forming a line. There are two types of Type L plug outlet, one rated at 10 amps and one for 16 amps. The 10 amp plug outlet has 4mm pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst the 16 amp version has larger 5mm round pins that are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cord into the USB 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 Eritrean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with an Eritrean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Eritrean country Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  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, estimated price between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 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, under $15 USD (£25-£30 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).