How to charge the iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Nepal

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Nepali power outlet with a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a three pin Type D USB adapter, powering the iPhone 3GS using a 2 pinned Type C USB charger and how to recharge the iPhone 3GS using a three pinned Type M USB adapter

Nepali power outlet

Varying different combinations of frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on travelling to a foreign country to the first time traveller. The following step by step instructions tells you exactly how to power the iPhone 3GS when you are visiting Nepal by using the standard Type D, C or M 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When you are visiting Nepal from a different country make sure that the iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 3GS was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. If you intend to stay at a city such as Kathmandu or Pokhara read the Nepal country Wiki page [1] for further details prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Nepal

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Nepal?

You can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Nepali power outlet.

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What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Nepal?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel adapter for Nepal to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of plug sockets in Nepal (D, C and M) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs. If your model of iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your iPhone 3GS at an airport or on the plane. Due to their 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 phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend buying 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 Nepal

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, 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 both Nepal 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Nepal using 3 pin type B US 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 much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Nepal. [10]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Nepal?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Nepali power outlet

Using a 30 pin Apple connector and a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a Nepali power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 3GS from the Nepali power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally included with the iPhone 3GS by Apple).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by two circular holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cord into 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. Switch 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 between 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Nepali power outlet

Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Nepali power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Nepali power outlet with a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a three pin Type D USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Nepali power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply this cable with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type D USB power adapter in the Nepali power outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes called a Type D power outlet [6], can be recognised by the three round holes forming a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power charger 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 Nepali 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 3GS is charging which takes around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Nepali power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

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

Using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a three pin Type M USB adapter to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Nepali power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3GS using a Nepali power outlet you'll need to use a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is typically included with your device by Apple).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type M USB power adapter in the Nepali power outlet. This wall supply, sometimes called the Type M power outlet [8], looks like three holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then 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 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Switch on the Nepali 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 which typically takes between one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Nepali power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Nepal country Wiki page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS 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 (£5-£10 GBP / under C$5).
  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 (£5-£10 GBP / under 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$5).
  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$4-C$5).
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).