Charging the iPhone 3G when visiting Reunion

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type E power charger to recharge your iPhone 3G with a Reunionese power outlet.

Reunionese power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this article shows exactly what to purchase in advance to power your iPhone 3G . When you are travelling to Reunion these instructions show powering the iPhone 3G by using their standard 220 volt 50Hz E Type wall outlet, the Reunionese will use a CEE 7/5 French socket for power outlets. If you are visiting Reunion from another country check that the iPhone 3G can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 3G was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure your iPhone 3G is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Reunion

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Reunion?

You can use the iPhone 3G in Reunion by using a power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G the best international travel adapter for Reunion to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. This will also allow you to charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers for your Reunionese trip. By 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 versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel to different countries we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Reunion

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from America visiting Reunion.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Reunion. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3G in Reunion?

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Reunionese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a two pin Type E power adapter to power the iPhone 3G from a Reunionese power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 3G using the Reunionese power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is normally already included with the device).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by the two large holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral plus one long metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains power 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 Reunionese power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 3G screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging which should take roughly 1-4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Reunionese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Reunion Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  4. 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, costs between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under 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, 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 $10 to $15 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).