Charging the iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Ukraine

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 3G from a Ukrainian power outlet with a 30-pin connector with a 2 pin Type C USB charger and how to power the iPhone 3G using a Type F USB charger.

Ukrainian power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country if you've never visited before. This page contains simple instructions showing what you'll need to power your iPhone 3G when you are visiting Ukraine by using their standard Type F or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You'll discover power supplies will change regionally therefore we suggest reading the power supplies list for a full list of countries. When visiting Ukraine from another country make sure the iPhone 3G can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check the iPhone 3G is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overloading when powering up. If you plan to visit a place like Kiev or Kharkiv we recommend reading the Ukraine wikipedia page [1] for more information. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Ukraine

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Ukraine?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3G to a Ukrainian power outlet by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3G in Ukraine?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPhone 3G the best international travel adapter for Ukraine to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of plug sockets in Ukraine (types F and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

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 3G supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, and compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. This will also allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers on your Ukrainian trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your iPhone 3G at the airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest searching for a multipurpose power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer; the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Ukraine

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 3G, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Ukraine.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Ukraine. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3G in Ukraine?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Ukrainian power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 3G from a Ukrainian power outlet with a 30-pin connector with a 2 pin Type C USB charger.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 3G from a Ukrainian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply the cable when you buy the iPhone 3G).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall supply (known as the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is identified by the 2 holes adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins slide into.
  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 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Turn on the Ukrainian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking around 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Ukrainian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Ukrainian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Ukrainian power outlet by using a USB 30 pin cable and a Type F USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3G from a Ukrainian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally already included with your iPhone 3G).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter into the power supply. The sunken round plug supply can be recognised by the two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral along with a pair of metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Turn on the Ukrainian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the iPhone 3G screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is powering up taking roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Ukrainian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Ukraine wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G 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, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 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, priced around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-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, between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).