Charging the iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Sao Tome

Using a 30-pin connector and a 2 pin Type C power adapter to power the iPhone 3GS from a Sao Tome power outlet and how to power the iPhone 3GS using a 2 pin Type F power charger.

Sao Tome power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and sockets can often be confusing when planning on travelling to a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to purchase in advance to power your iPhone 3GS . This guide has been written to help assist people wanting to power their iPhone 3GS when staying abroad.When you're visiting Sao Tome these instructions show powering the iPhone 3GS by using their standard F or C type Sao Tome 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Power sockets will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the Africa and power supplies page for a full list of regions and countries. When travelling to Sao Tome from a different country please double check the iPhone 3GS can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your iPhone 3GS is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Sao Tome

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Sao Tome?

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

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Sao Tome?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 3GS the best international travel charger for Sao Tome to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of wall outlets that Sao Tomean use (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Sao Tome trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 3GS at an airport or on the flight. Due to 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 tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Sao Tome we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Sao Tome

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3GS, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Sao Tome 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Sao Tome.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 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 Sao Tome.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Sao Tome?

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

Using a 30-pin connector and a 2 pin Type C power adapter to power the iPhone 3GS from a Sao Tome power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone 3GS using a Sao Tome power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Sao Tome power outlet. The wall outlet, also known as a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3], can be recognised by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 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 Sao Tome power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Sao Tome power outlet

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

Using a 30-pin connector and a 2 pin Type F power adapter to power the iPhone 3GS from a Sao Tome power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3GS using the Sao Tome power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device.
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The sunken round power supply (sometimes called the Schuko outlet) can be identified by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral, plus two grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 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 Sao Tome power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up and takes roughly 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 Sao Tome power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Tom%C3%A9_and_Pr%C3%ADncipe - Sao Tome Wiki 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters