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

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPhone 3GS from an Austrian power outlet and how to charge the iPhone 3GS using a two pinned Type F power plug.

Austrian power outlet

If packing for a holiday it's helpful to know in advance if you can power all your important electronics like mobile phones and cameras when you're there. But without knowing which wall socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you having to buy a potentially overpriced charger when you're there which might be incompatible. Varying complicated voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to visit another country especially to the first time traveller. This page has simple instructions telling you what you'll need to charge the iPhone 3GS when travelling to Austria using their standard types F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Austrians normally use the Type F plugs in their power outlets. Power supplies will vary depending on which country you travelling to therefore please read our WikiConnections global power sockets list for a complete list of countries. When you are visiting Austria from a different region please ensure that your iPhone 3GS can be used with a 240v supply. If the iPhone 3GS was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure that the iPhone 3GS is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Austria

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Austria?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to an Austrian power outlet.

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

When travelling to more than one country the best international travel charger for Austria is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets in Austria (types F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 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 model of iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Austria

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Austria 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 North America visiting Austria using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Austria. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Austria?

Charging the iPhone 3GS from an Austrian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPhone 3GS from an Austrian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3GS from an Austrian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. The power supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into 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 Austrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears 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 around 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from an Austrian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 3GS with an Austrian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 3GS from an Austrian power outlet by using a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type F USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3GS from the Austrian power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply this USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 3GS).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. This sunken circular power supply can be recognised by the two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral and a pair of two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the bottom of the mains power 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. Switch on the Austrian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with an Austrian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Austria
  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, 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, 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 (around £15 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, estimated price around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).