How to charge the iPhone 3G when staying in Saint Helena

Using an Apple 30-pin cable with a 3 pinned Type G USB charger to recharge your iPhone 3G from a St Helenian power outlet.

St Helenian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. These instructions were specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3G when you are staying abroad.If you are travelling to Saint Helena the following instructions show powering your iPhone 3G by using the standard 240 volt 50Hz Type G St Helenian wall outlet, with the St Helenians using a 13 amp plug for power outlets. When you are visiting Saint Helena from a different country check your iPhone 3G can accept a 240v supply. If the iPhone 3G originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPhone 3G is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from overloading when powering up. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Saint Helena

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Saint Helena?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a St Helenian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Saint Helena?

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel power adapter for Saint Helena to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 3G can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy multiple travel adapters on your trip to Saint Helena. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you’re not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Saint Helena

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3G, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Saint Helena 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 best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Saint Helena using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Saint Helena. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Saint Helena?

Charging the iPhone 3G from a St Helenian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 3G from a St Helenian power outlet with an Apple 30 pin cable with a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 3G using a St Helenian power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3G.
  2. Plug in the Type G USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 3 slots in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB 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 St Helenian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to completely recharge. [AD]
Charging the iPhone 3G from a St Helenian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - page about Saint Helena
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  3. - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin.
  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.