Charging the iPhone 3GS in Ireland

Using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type G power charger to charge the iPhone 3GS from an Irish power outlet.

Irish power outlet

If packing for a vacation to Ireland it is useful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any vital devices when you get there. By not knowing which wall socket is being used you may end up either having to bring unnecessary adaptors or pack the wrong adaptor, meaning needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you get there which could be incompatible. Varying complicated voltages and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. This guide was written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 3GS when you are visiting Ireland.When visiting Ireland this page contains useful instructions showing you how to charge your iPhone 3GS by using the 230 volt 50Hz G Type Irish wall outlet, the Irish will use 13 amp plugs for power outlets. Most power sources will vary depending on which country you travelling to therefore we recommend reading the WikiConnections global power supplies list where you'll find a full list showing powering devices in different regions and countries. When you are visiting Ireland from another region please check that your iPhone 3GS can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from being damaged when powering up. If you're planning on staying at a tourist destination such as Dublin we recommend reading the wikipedia web page about Ireland [1] for more indepth information on the location. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Ireland

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Ireland?

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

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

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 3GS the best travel power adapter for Ireland to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate power adapters on your Irish trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Ireland

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Ireland 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 America visiting Ireland.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Ireland. [6] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Ireland?

Powering the iPhone 3GS with an Irish power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type G power charger to charge the iPhone 3GS from an Irish power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 3GS from the Irish power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally already supplied with your device).
  2. Plug in the Type G USB power adapter in the power supply. This plug outlet, sometimes called the Type G power outlet [3], looks like 3 holes containing shutters forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB 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. Turn on the Irish power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with an Irish power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Ireland
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS user guide
  3. iec.ch - 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, under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$10-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, costs 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, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).