How to charge the iPhone 3GS when planning a trip to Reunion

How to connect a Reunionese power outlet to the iPhone 3GS

Reunionese power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country, especially if you've never been there before. These instructions were specifically written to help prepare travellers wanting to charge their iPhone 3GS abroad.When you're visiting Reunion these instructions show how to power the iPhone 3GS using a standard 220 volt 50Hz Type E power outlet, with the Reunionnais using CEE 7/5 French sockets for wall outlets. When travelling to Reunion from another country check your iPhone 3GS can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Reunion

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Reunion?

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

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Reunion?

If travelling to more than one country the best international travel charger for Reunion is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters, plus support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. Only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for an adaptable travel adapter like this online, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Reunion

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering 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 Reunion.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Reunion.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Reunion?

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

Using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a Type E power charger to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Reunionese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3GS from the Reunionese power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is typically included with the iPhone 3GS by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type E USB power adapter and inserting it in the power supply. You can recognise the plug supply by two large circular adjacent holes plus a metal grounding pin protruding from the top in a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the charging cord 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 Reunionese 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 mobile is powering up which takes roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Reunionese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A9union - wikipedia.org entry about Reunion
  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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  4. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters