Charging your iPhone from a power outlet in Barbados

Using the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type A USB charger to charge your iPhone with a Barbadian power outlet and recharging the iPhone using a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

Barbadian power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. 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 . This guide was written to prevent visitors having to worry if they can charge the iPhone when they are abroad.When you're visiting Barbados this page has instructions showing charging the iPhone using the types B or A 115 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note Type B plug outlets are typically used by most Barbadians. If your iPhone slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when visiting Barbados from another region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your iPhone is dual-voltage (usually marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use.

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 a full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Barbados

Can the iPhone be used in Barbados?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone to a Barbadian power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone in Barbados?

When travelling to more than one country then the best travel charger for Barbados to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Barbadians use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPhone can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual power chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only packing a single lightweight 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 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Barbados

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge 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 come 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 international 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 Barbados.
  • 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 Barbados. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone in Barbados?

Powering the iPhone with a Barbadian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a 30-pin cable and a 2 pin Type A power adapter to recharge your iPhone with a Barbadian power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPhone using the Barbadian power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply (technically called the Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 2 thin adjacent slots for live and neutral pins.
  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 Barbadian 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 which takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Barbadian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone with a Barbadian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone from a Barbadian power outlet with the Apple 30-pin connector and a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

  1. To power your iPhone using the Barbadian power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is normally already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the two slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the slightly long grounded pin.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB 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 Barbadian 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 is powering up which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Barbadian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Barbados Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, estimated price around $5 USD (£1-£2 GBP / C$15-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, priced between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, priced under $10 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).