How to charge the iPhone 3GS in Saint Helena

A step by step guide showing how to charge your iPhone 3GS from a St Helenian power outlet with the USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pin Type G power charger.

St Helenian power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning on visiting a different country, especially to the first time traveller. This page is a step by step guide demonstrating how to power your iPhone 3GS when you are visiting Saint Helena using their standard 240 volt 50Hz Type G plug outlet, with the St Helenians using 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. You will discover power sockets will vary depending on which area you are in therefore we suggest reading the travel power supplies page for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Saint Helena from another region please double check your iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 3GS originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the iPhone 3GS is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it up. If you intend to visit a place like Jamestown or Half Tree Hollow read the St Helenian Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth details on travelling to the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Saint Helena

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Saint Helena?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3GS in Saint Helena.

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

When travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than your iPhone 3GS the best international travel charger for Saint Helena is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on the plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Saint Helena

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3GS, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Saint Helena using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Saint Helena.
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Saint Helena?

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a St Helenian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable with a three pin Type G power charger to recharge the iPhone 3GS from a St Helenian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 3GS from a St Helenian power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - typically already included with your iPhone 3GS by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it into the power outlet. The power supply (known as the Type G power outlet [3]) looks like 3 rectangular holes with shutters in a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the 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 St Helenian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the iPhone 3GS screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is charging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a St Helenian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Helena,_Ascension_and_Tristan_da_Cunha - St Helenian Wikipedia web 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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters