Charging your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Wales

How to connect a Welsh power outlet to the iPhone 3GS

Welsh power outlet

If packing for a holiday to Wales it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any common electronics such as mobile phones and cameras when you arrive. But by not knowing which plug socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and damage the iPhone 3GS. Various combinations of voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 3GS abroad.The following instructions will show exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone 3GS when travelling to Wales using the 230 volt 50Hz Type G plug outlet, with the Welsh using BS 1363 13 amp plugs for charging. Power sockets will vary depending on which country you are travelling to so we recommend reading the power supplies list for a complete list of regions and countries. When visiting Wales from another region ensure that your iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPhone 3GS was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Wales

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Wales?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Welsh power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Wales?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPhone 3GS then the best travel power adapter for Wales is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads. If your model of iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. This will also allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring individual travel adapters for your Welsh trip. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Wales

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Wales.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Wales. [6] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Wales?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Welsh power outlet

Using the Apple USB 30-pin connector and a 3 pin Type G power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Welsh power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 3GS from a Welsh power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple usually include this cable with the iPhone 3GS).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the three rectangular slots forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB 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 Welsh power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Welsh power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Welsh country page on Wikipedia
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS user guide
  3. - 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, costs between $10 to $15 USD (£30-£35 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, priced at between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$15).
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / around C$15).