Charging the iPhone when visiting Saint Martin

A guide showing how to power the iPhone from a St Martins power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger and charging the iPhone using a Type F USB charger.

St Martins power outlet

Complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. This page was written to prevent visitors having to worry if they'll be able to charge the iPhone when they're travelling to Saint Martin.When you're visiting Saint Martin this page has instructions showing you charging the iPhone by using the types F or C 230 volt 60Hz wall outlets, Type F wall outlets are normally used by most Saint Martins. Power sockets vary depending on which region you are travelling to so we suggest reading the power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When visiting Saint Martin from another region ensure that your iPhone can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPhone was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it.

This page details the iPhone first generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for the full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Saint Martin

Can you use the iPhone in Saint Martin?

You can use the iPhone in Saint Martin by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone in Saint Martin?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone the best international travel charger for Saint Martin to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of power outlets that Saint Martins use (F and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads over. If your type of iPhone 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 certain power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers for your St Martins trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel often we suggest searching for a flexible 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.

Alternative travel adapter for Saint Martin

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 these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These power converters 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 going to Saint Martin.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features 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 Saint Martin. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone in Saint Martin?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone from a St Martins power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPhone from a St Martins power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type C USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone using the St Martins power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with the iPhone).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. This ungrounded power outlet, also known as a Europlug, can be recognised by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the St Martins power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPhone from a St Martins power outlet

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone from a St Martins power outlet

A page showing how to charge your iPhone from a St Martins power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a two pinned Type F power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone from a St Martins power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically include this USB cable when you buy your iPhone).
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the St Martins power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm apart from each other where the two plug outlet pins slide into along with two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the St Martins power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone from a St Martins power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Saint Martin Wiki page
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, costs around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).