How to charge your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Greenland

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone 3GS with a Greenlandic power outlet with a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type E power adapter, how to charge the iPhone 3GS using a two pinned Type C USB charger and powering the iPhone 3GS using a 2 pinned Type F power plug

Greenlandic power outlet

Varying different combinations of frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially to the first time traveller. When staying in Greenland these useful instructions show powering your iPhone 3GS by using the standard Type E, C, F or K 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type E plug outlets will be typically used by most Greenlanders. Power supplies vary regionally so please read the power supplies page for a complete list of countries. If visiting Greenland from a different country double check the iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the iPhone 3GS is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from over-heating when powering up. If you plan on travelling to a place like Nuuk please refer to the Greenlandic entry on wikipedia.org [1] for further details prior to the area. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Greenland

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Greenland?

You can use the iPhone 3GS in Greenland by using the correct power adaptor.

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

When travelling with more than your iPhone 3GS and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Greenland is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Greenlanders use four different standards of wall outlets (E, C, F and K) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads over. If your iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power adapters or using up additional power outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers and using only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Greenland

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 3GS, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Greenland using type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Greenland. [12] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Greenland?

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

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a Greenlandic power outlet using a 30 pin cable and a two pin Type C USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 3GS using a Greenlandic power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally supplied with the iPhone 3GS).
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. The plug supply (sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by the 2 adjacent holes.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the 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 Greenlandic power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is charging, typically taking around one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Greenlandic power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Greenlandic power outlet

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone 3GS with a Greenlandic power outlet with a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type E power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Greenlandic power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally include this cable with your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Start by taking the Type E USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. This sunken circular plug supply can be recognised by the two large round adjacent holes for live and neutral and a long metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable 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. Turn on the Greenlandic power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Greenlandic power outlet

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

Using a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type F power adapter to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Greenlandic power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3GS using the Greenlandic power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 3GS.
  2. First plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the Greenlandic power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the two adjacent holes, plus a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord 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. Switch on the Greenlandic power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 3GS will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which typically takes between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Greenlandic power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

How to use a Type K power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Greenlandic power outlet

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a Type K USB adapter to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Greenlandic power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3GS using a Greenlandic power outlet you will need to buy a Type K USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally include this cable with your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Start by taking the Type K USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 3 large holes forming a triangle configuration with the bottom hole being semicircular in shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the USB 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. Turn on the Greenlandic power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3GS will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging taking between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type K power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Greenlandic power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Greenlandic entry on wikipedia.org
  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, priced between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 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, estimated price around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, under $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. 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).
  10. iec.ch - Type K power outlet
  11. Type K USB power adapter - There are three pins on a Type K USB charger comprising of two large rounded pins and a bottom semi-circular grounding pin, under $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$5-C$10).
  12. 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 (under £15 GBP / under C$20).