How to charge the iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Argentina

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 3G with an Argentinean power outlet by using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type C power charger and recharging the iPhone 3G using a 3 pinned Type I power plug.

Argentinean power outlet

Varying different combinations of frequencies and standards can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the iPhone 3G in Argentina. If you are staying in Argentina this page has useful instructions showing how to power the iPhone 3G using their standard types I or C Argentinean 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, you will discover most Argentineans use the Type I plug outlets. You will discover most power sockets will change depending on which area you visiting therefore please read our Wiki Connections world power supplies list where you'll find a full list showing charging devices in different destinations. If you are visiting Argentina from a different country please ensure that the iPhone 3G can accept a 240v supply. If your iPhone 3G originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Argentina

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Argentina?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3G in Argentina by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Argentina?

If you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Argentina is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Argentineans use two different types of plug sockets (types I and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters for your Argentinean trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for a multipurpose travel adapter like this 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 countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Argentina

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 3G, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these 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 grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Argentina.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Argentina. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Argentina?

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

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type C power charger to charge the iPhone 3G from an Argentinean power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 3G from the Argentinean power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], normally already supplied with the device.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Argentinean power outlet. This power outlet can be recognised by the two adjacent holes.
  3. Connect one end of the cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Switch on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3G screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3G from an Argentinean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

A step-by-step guide showing how to charge your iPhone 3G from an Argentinean power outlet using a 30 pin connector and a 3 pinned Type I power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 3G from the Argentinean power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], normally supplied with the iPhone 3G.
  2. Insert the Type I USB power adapter in the Argentinean power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and ground blades. Be aware that the neutral and live blades are configured reversed compared to Chinese and Australian power outlets so check that your Type I travel adaptor is compatible with an Argentinean power supply.
  3. Then connect one end of the charging cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Turn on the Argentinean power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is recharging which takes around one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with an Argentinean power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Argentina country entry on Wikipedia.org
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G 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, costs under $15 USD (£10-£15 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, around $5 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  7. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, estimated price 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, priced at under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$10-C$15).