Charging your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Principe

Simple instructions showing you how to power the iPhone 3GS with a Prinicipe power outlet using a 30-pin Apple connector with a Type C power adapter and recharging the iPhone 3GS using a Type F USB plug.

Prinicipe power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. These instructions have been written to help assist people wanting to charge the iPhone 3GS when they are abroad.When you are travelling to Principe this page has instructions showing you charging the iPhone 3GS by using the types F or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You'll find power supplies vary depending on which region you are travelling to so please read the power supplies and Africa page for a full list of countries. When travelling to Principe from a different region ensure your iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPhone 3GS was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the iPhone 3GS is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it. If you're planning on staying at a place like Santo António or Ilhéu Bom Bom please refer to the Prinicipe Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Principe

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Principe?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Prinicipe power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Principe?

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone 3GS the best international travel charger for Principe to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Prinicipians use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple travel chargers or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature online; the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Principe

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3GS, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Principe using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Principe.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Principe?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Prinicipe power outlet

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a 2 pin Type C power adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Prinicipe power outlet.

  1. In order to power your iPhone 3GS from a Prinicipe power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Prinicipe power outlet. This unearthed plug supply, sometimes called a Europlug, can be recognised by two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB 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. Turn on the Prinicipe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Prinicipe power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Prinicipe power outlet

Simple instructions showing you how to power the iPhone 3GS from a Prinicipe power outlet using a 30-pin Apple cable with a Type F USB adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 3GS using the Prinicipe power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will usually include this USB cable with the iPhone 3GS).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the Prinicipe power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two large round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into, plus two grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains 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 Prinicipe power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 3GS screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up and takes around 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Prinicipe power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Tom%C3%A9_and_Pr%C3%ADncipe - Prinicipe Wikipedia page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/0/MA616/en_US/iPhone_iOS3.1_User_Guide.pdf - Official iPhone 3GS user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters