Caslon, the addled and aged, want to know "can I recharge an american-bought iPhone in Europe?"

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    Jan 14, 2010 1:07 AM GMT
    Can I recharge my iphone when I am in Germany? What do I need to do?
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    Jan 14, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    buy an electric outlet adapter
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    Jan 14, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    Just use the USB cable it came with and connect it to any computer.
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    Jan 14, 2010 1:19 AM GMT
    USB is universal.

    You could charge it on Pluto. Then you could use it to log onto RealJock and campaign for Pluto's place in the Planetary Confederacy.

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    Jan 14, 2010 1:27 AM GMT
    Your iPhone came with a small white charger unit, that accepts a USB cord. Check the bottom of this unit, which should read:

    Input: 100-240v ~ 50/60Hz

    That means it will work with the current in Germany automatically, which is 220v - 50 Hz, without the need for a converter/transformer (I lived there for several years). What you will need is a plug adaptor, since the twin flat prongs used in US appliances won't match German wall outlets, that take round prongs.

    These plug adaptors are sold in airport stores, and some US luggage stores, and online. A German plug adaptor looks like this:

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    You just need the plug adaptor, that accepts the flat-pronged US plug at one end, with the round German prongs at the other end. You will not need a more expensive electrical converter/transformer.

    http://www.amazon.com/Adapter-Plug-Europe-Universal-Polarized/dp/B000BMFHLE
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    Jan 14, 2010 2:05 AM GMT
    to put simply


    Yes



    Connect it up to any USB port and let it charge.
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    Jan 14, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    Thanks guys!

    I am glad I can just plug ino a UBS port on one of the computers when I am over there.
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    Jan 14, 2010 3:12 AM GMT
    Caslon12000 saidThanks guys!

    I am glad I can just plug ino a UBS port on one of the computers when I am over there.

    You can, with some potential drawbacks: the host computer may need to be awake for its USB port to be active and charging your phone. If the computer times out and goes into energy saving/sleep mode, the USB port may go dead, resulting in no charge taking place.

    Also, some USB devices will cause your iPhone to give a message prompt on its screen for you to select "Airplane Mode" because of non-compatibility with the iPod app. When this happens, you may find that your external speakers have become disabled the next time you use the iPod app.

    For this reason I don't charge my iPhone with non-Apple USB devices, using only my Mac computers, or the plug-in USB charging unit that came with my iPhone, that I described in a post above.
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    Jan 14, 2010 4:08 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidto put simply


    Yes



    Connect it up to any USB port and let it charge.


    Yes, it's a synch reallyicon_cool.gif
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    Jan 15, 2010 1:35 AM GMT
    The necessary equipment can be purchased in Canada, at the mall. icon_wink.gif The same one where the Navy is stationed.
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    Jan 15, 2010 1:44 AM GMT
    There is a great travel adaptor kit that apple sells. It has plugs for pretty much every country. I just pick which plug I need depending on where I'm going and it's easy ;-)
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    Jan 15, 2010 1:45 AM GMT
    NO! i plugged mine in and my phone became a nazi . . . for real. instead of the apple insignia on the back . . . .now i have a hitler mustache . . . .
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    Mar 05, 2010 9:05 AM GMT
    chaos444 saidNO! i plugged mine in and my phone became a nazi . . . for real. instead of the apple insignia on the back . . . .now i have a hitler mustache . . . .


    Ha haaaaaa! Made me laugh! Are you English? Lol!
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    Mar 05, 2010 4:01 PM GMT
    I'm using my German Blackberry over here in the States. I just shove the round prongs into the flat slots with enough force to get them all the way in.*

    And where in Germany are you going to be?

    * Do not try this at home... I'm obviously joking since I'm still alive.
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    Mar 05, 2010 4:41 PM GMT
    ...and in a related note, I want to buy the $100.00 iPhone and just use it as a phone and iPod, period. I hear that they don't like that because of the expected fee AT&T would not get. That said, there seems to be some talk about possibly just using the old phone card in the new iPhone and avoiding the hassle...sounds too simple.

    Anyone succeeding at this or any other work-around?!icon_question.gif