Charging your iPhone from a power outlet in Pakistan

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPhone with a Pakistani power outlet with the 30-pin Apple connector with a two pin Type C power charger, charging the iPhone using a three pin Type G power plug and charging the iPhone using a three pin Type D power charger

Pakistani power outlet

Varying different frequencies and region codes can all be daunting when planning on staying in another country, especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPhone . These guidelines were specifically written to prevent visitors worrying if they'll be able to charge their iPhone when visiting abroad.This useful guide tells you how to supply power to your iPhone when staying in Pakistan using the standard G, C, D or M type Pakistani 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When travelling to Pakistan from a different region ensure that your iPhone can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v double check the device 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 whilst powering it up. If you plan to visit a place like Karachi or Lahore we recommend reading the wikipedia.org web page about Pakistan [1] for more information.

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Charging the iPhone in Pakistan

Can you use the iPhone in Pakistan?

You can connect the iPhone to a Pakistani power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

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

If you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your iPhone then the best international travel adapter for Pakistan to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four different standards of plug sockets in Pakistan (G, C, D and M) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your type of iPhone can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. This will allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your Pakistani trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone at an airport or on the flight. Due to their versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Pakistan we recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Pakistan

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Pakistan and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Pakistan using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Pakistan. [12] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone in Pakistan?

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

Using a USB 30 pin cable and a Type G USB charger to power the iPhone from a Pakistani power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone from a Pakistani power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this USB cable is usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the Pakistani power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the three vertical holes with shutters in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cable into 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 Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up and takes roughly one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Pakistani power outlet

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

Using a USB 30 pin cable and a Type C USB adapter to power the iPhone with a Pakistani power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone from a Pakistani power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually include the cable when you buy your iPhone).
  2. Start by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall supply (called the Type C power outlet [6] or Europlug) is identified by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cable into 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 Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone from a Pakistani power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Pakistani power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone from a Pakistani power outlet by using a USB 30 pin cable and a Type D USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone from the Pakistani power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually included with the device.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type D USB power adapter and inserting it in the Pakistani power outlet. You can identify the wall supply by the 3 round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains 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. Turn on the Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around one-four hours to recharge.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Pakistani power outlet

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

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone from a Pakistani power outlet by using a USB 30 pin cable and a Type M USB charger.

  1. To power the iPhone using a Pakistani power outlet you'll need a Type M USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with the iPhone).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type M USB power adapter into the power supply. The power supply, technically called a Type M power outlet [10], can be identified by 3 round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains 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. Turn on the Pakistani power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around one-four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Pakistani power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org web page about Pakistan
  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 (around £15 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, between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 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 (around £10 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, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (under £25 GBP / under C$20).
  10. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  11. 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).
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).