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

A page on how to recharge the iPhone 3G with a Nepali power outlet by using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C USB charger, how to charge the iPhone 3G using a three pin Type D USB adapter and powering the iPhone 3G using a Type M power adapter

Nepali power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These guidelines were written to prepare people wanting to charge their iPhone 3G abroad.When staying in Nepal this page contains instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 3G using their standard types D, C or M Nepali 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If travelling to Nepal from another country please double check your iPhone 3G can be used with a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 3G came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating when powering up. If you are planning on visiting a Nepali destination like Kathmandu refer to the wikipedia web page about Nepal [1] for more details prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Nepal

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Nepal?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3G in Nepal by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in Nepal?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G the best travel charger for Nepal to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Nepalese use three different types of plug sockets (types D, C and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the heads over. If your model of iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power chargers on your trip to Nepal. By only packing 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 recharging your iPhone 3G at an airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return 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 flexible 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.

Alternative travel adapter for Nepal

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 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 travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Nepal 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Nepal using 3 pin 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 North America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 Nepal. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in Nepal?

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Nepali power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a Type C power charger to charge the iPhone 3G with a Nepali power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 3G using a Nepali power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - the cable is usually included with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. You can identify the plug outlet by the 2 adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in 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. Turn on the Nepali power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Nepali power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Nepali power outlet

Using a 30 pin cable and a Type D USB adapter to charge the iPhone 3G from a Nepali power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 3G from the Nepali power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is usually already included with your device).
  2. Insert the Type D USB power adapter in the Nepali power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 3 circular holes forming a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the 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. Turn on the Nepali power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes roughly one to four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Nepali power outlet

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

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a Type M power charger to charge the iPhone 3G with a Nepali power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3G using the Nepali power outlet you'll need to use a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type M USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall outlet. This plug outlet, technically known as a Type M power outlet [8], looks like 3 holes in a triangular pattern.
  3. Plug in 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. Turn on the Nepali power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Nepali power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Nepal
  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 (under £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, priced at around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-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, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (under £25 GBP / under C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, under $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$15-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 (under £15 GBP / under C$20).