How to charge the iPhone 3GS when planning a trip to Malta

Using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type G power charger to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Maltese power outlet.

Maltese power outlet

Different combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This page contains a step by step guide which shows what you'll need to power the iPhone 3GS when you're visiting Malta by using a 230 volt 50Hz G Type Maltese plug outlet, the Maltese will use 13 amp plugs for charging. When travelling to Malta from another region double check the iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240v supply. If your iPhone 3GS originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check your iPhone 3GS is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. If you're planning to visit a city like Birkirkara we recommend reading the Wikipedia.org entry about Malta [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Malta

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Malta?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3GS in Malta by using the correct power convertor.

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What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Malta?

When travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Malta is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the plugs over. If your iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers. Because you are only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature online, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Malta

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3GS, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Malta and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 America visiting Malta.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Malta. [6]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Malta?

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Maltese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

A guide showing you how to charge your iPhone 3GS from a Maltese power outlet by using an Apple 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type G USB charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 3GS from a Maltese power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by taking the Type G USB power adapter and inserting it into the Maltese power outlet. The power supply, sometimes known as the Type G power outlet [3], looks like 3 rectangular holes containing shutters forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 Maltese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is charging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Maltese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Malta
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS user guide
  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, under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$4-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, around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. 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).