How to charge your iPhone 3G from a power outlet in The Grenadines

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPhone 3G from a Grenadines power outlet, powering the iPhone 3G using a Type G power charger and charging the iPhone 3G using a Type E USB adapter

Grenadines power outlet

Different combinations of frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. This guide has been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3G abroad.If you are travelling to The Grenadines these instructions show how to power the iPhone 3G using their standard types G, C, E, I or K 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Vincentians use Type G plug outlets. When visiting The Grenadines from another country please double check your iPhone 3G can accept a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the iPhone 3G is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. If you're planning to visit a Grenadines place such as Port Elizabeth or Charlestown we also suggest referring to the The Grenadines Wikipedia web page [1] for further information on the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in The Grenadines

Can the iPhone 3G be used in The Grenadines?

You can use the iPhone 3G in The Grenadines by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3G in The Grenadines?

When travelling with more than your iPhone 3G and visiting multiple countries the best travel adapter for The Grenadines to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are five different standards of plug sockets that Vincentians use (G, C, E, I and K) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of iPhone 3G can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your iPhone 3G at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for The Grenadines

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3G, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both The Grenadines 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America going to The Grenadines using type B American 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 from North America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 The Grenadines. [12] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3G in The Grenadines?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Grenadines power outlet

Using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a Type G power charger to charge the iPhone 3G with a Grenadines power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3G using a Grenadines power outlet you will need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this cable is typically included with the iPhone 3G by Apple.
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the power supply. This power outlet, technically called a Type G power outlet [3], looks like three vertical slots with plastic shutters in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter 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 Grenadines power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone 3G will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Grenadines power outlet

Charging the iPhone 3G from a Grenadines power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type C power adapter to charge the iPhone 3G from a Grenadines power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3G using a Grenadines power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple typically supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two circular adjacent holes where the plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains adapter 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 Grenadines power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3G from a Grenadines power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Grenadines power outlet

Using a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type E USB adapter to charge your iPhone 3G from a Grenadines power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 3G using a Grenadines power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this cable is normally included with the iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it in the power supply. You can identify the plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral with a single long metal earth pin protruding the top to form a triangle configuration.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple cable into the USB mains 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 Grenadines power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Grenadines power outlet

How to use a Type K power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Grenadines power outlet

A page on how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Grenadines power outlet with a USB 30 pin cable and a two pinned Type K USB charger.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 3G using a Grenadines power outlet you'll need to use a Type K USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this cable is normally supplied with the iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin by plugging the Type K USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet (sometimes known as the Type K power outlet [10]) can be identified by three holes in an inverted triangular pattern with the bottom hole appearing semicircular in shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the cable into 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. Turn on the Grenadines power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is recharging which typically takes around one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type K power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Grenadines power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - The Grenadines Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  3. iec.ch - 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, under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced around $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, between $10 to $15 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$20).
  10. iec.ch - Type K power outlet
  11. Type K USB power adapter - There are three pins on a Type K USB charger comprising of two large rounded pins and a bottom semi-circular grounding pin, between $10 to $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10).
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).