How to charge the iPhone when staying in San Marino

A step-by-step guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone from a Sammarinese power outlet with an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter, charging the iPhone using a 2 pinned Type F USB adapter and recharging the iPhone using a Type L power plug

Sammarinese power outlet

Complicated frequencies and region codes can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what to pick up in advance to charge your iPhone in San Marino. This page has been written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone when abroad.When you're going to San Marino this page has useful instructions showing you how to charge the iPhone using their F, C or L type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. If visiting San Marino from another country please ensure that the iPhone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v double check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it up. If you are planning to stay at a Sammarinese place like Dogana or Borgo Maggiore we suggest referring to the Wikipedia entry about San Marino [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area.

This page details the iPhone first generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for a full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in San Marino

Can the iPhone be used in San Marino?

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

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone in San Marino?

If travelling with more than your iPhone then the best international travel power adapter for San Marino to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Sammarinese use three different types of plug sockets (F, C and L) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your type of iPhone supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers for your trip or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage and convenient for recharging your iPhone at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for San Marino

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 those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America visiting San Marino.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 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 most travellers from around the world visiting San Marino. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone in San Marino?

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

A step-by-step guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone from a Sammarinese power outlet with an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone from the Sammarinese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally included with your device).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Sammarinese power outlet. This unearthed power supply (called a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two round holes next to each other.
  3. Then 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. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Sammarinese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Sammarinese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Charging the iPhone from a Sammarinese power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

A guide showing you how to charge the iPhone with a Sammarinese power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a two pinned Type F USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone using a Sammarinese power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this cable when you first purchase your iPhone.
  2. First plug in the Type F USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other and grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter 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 Sammarinese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which typically takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone from a Sammarinese power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Charging the iPhone from a Sammarinese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

A page on how to power your iPhone from a Sammarinese power outlet with an Apple USB 30-pin cable with a Type L power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone using a Sammarinese power outlet you will need a Type L USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone.
  2. Plug in the Type L USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the squashed hexagon shaped wall supply by 3 holes in a line for live, neutral and earth pins. Note that there are two different types of Type L plug outlet rated for 10 amps and 16 amps. A 10 amp wall supply has 4mm pins spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick round pins that are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 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 Sammarinese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Charging the iPhone from a Sammarinese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about San Marino
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  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, estimated price around $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-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 (£5-£10 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  9. Type L USB power adapter - Earthed Type L USB chargers comprise of three 4mm pins placed in parallel 5.5mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / around C$15).
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).