Charging the iPhone 3GS when planning a trip to Armenia

A page showing how to recharge your iPhone 3GS from an Armenian power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type C USB charger and recharging the iPhone 3GS using a Type F USB plug.

Armenian power outlet

Different voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to buy in advance to power your iPhone 3GS . This guide has been written to help assist people wanting to power their iPhone 3GS abroad.When you're visiting Armenia these instructions show how to supply power to the iPhone 3GS by using their standard F or C type Armenian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If visiting Armenia from a different country please check the iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 3GS came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure your iPhone 3GS is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it. If you're planning on travelling to a place such as Yerevan read the Wikipedia entry about Armenia [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Armenia

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Armenia?

You can use the iPhone 3GS in Armenia by using a power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your iPhone 3GS then the best travel charger for Armenia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Armenians use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters for your Armenian trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 3GS at an airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Armenia we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Armenia

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 those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Armenia and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Armenia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Armenia. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Armenia?

Powering the iPhone 3GS with an Armenian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A page showing how to recharge your iPhone 3GS from an Armenian power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a Type C USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 3GS using the Armenian power outlet you will need to use a Type C 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 C USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify this power supply by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains power adapter 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. Switch on the Armenian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with an Armenian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from an Armenian power outlet

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type F USB charger to charge your iPhone 3GS with an Armenian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 3GS using the Armenian power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device.
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The circular power supply can be recognised by two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into, plus two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB 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 Armenian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 3GS screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging taking around 1-4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from an Armenian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Armenia
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS 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 price 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 at 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, costing 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, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).