How to charge the iPhone from a power outlet in Sri Lanka

A step by step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone from a Sri Lankan power outlet with a USB 30 pin cable with a Type M USB adapter, how to recharge the iPhone using a 3 pinned Type G USB plug and how to recharge the iPhone using a three pinned Type D USB charger

Sri Lankan power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and sockets can often be confusing when planning to stay in another country especially if you've never visited before. When going to Sri Lanka this page contains instructions showing how to supply power to your iPhone using the standard Type G, D or M 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type G plug outlets will be typically used by a majority of Sri Lankans. If travelling to Sri Lanka from another region check your iPhone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the iPhone is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you plan on travelling to a city like Colombo please refer to the Sri Lanka entry on wikipedia.org [1] for more information prior to the location.

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Charging the iPhone in Sri Lanka

Can you use the iPhone in Sri Lanka?

Yes, you can use the iPhone in Sri Lanka by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Sri Lanka?

When you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Sri Lanka is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of plug sockets that Sri Lankans use (G, D and M) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPhone is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Sri Lanka

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, 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 crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Sri Lanka using type B 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 America using type B plugs. This offers practically 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 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 Sri Lanka. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Sri Lanka?

Charging the iPhone from a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

A page on how to recharge the iPhone with a Sri Lankan power outlet with a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type G power adapter.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone from the Sri Lankan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone.
  2. Insert the Type G USB power adapter in the Sri Lankan power outlet. This wall supply (sometimes called a Type G power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the 3 slots containing plastic shutters in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone from a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Powering the iPhone with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin cable and a three pin Type D USB adapter to recharge your iPhone from a Sri Lankan power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone using a Sri Lankan power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], typically already supplied with your device.
  2. First plug the Type D USB power adapter into the Sri Lankan power outlet. The plug supply (technically known as the Type D power outlet [6]) can be identified by three round holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect one end of the power cord into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Sri Lankan 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 mobile is recharging and takes roughly one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone with a Sri Lankan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Sri Lankan power outlet

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a Type M power adapter to charge the iPhone from a Sri Lankan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone from a Sri Lankan power outlet you will need a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally include the cable with your iPhone).
  2. Start by taking the Type M USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 3 large round holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the 30 pin cord into the USB power charger 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 Sri Lankan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Sri Lankan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Sri Lanka entry on wikipedia.org
  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, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$15).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, 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, between $10 to $15 USD (£20-£25 GBP / around C$15).
  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, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).