Charging your iPhone from a power outlet in Jamaica

A guide showing how to recharge your iPhone with a Jamaican power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type A USB adapter and charging the iPhone using a three pinned Type B power adapter.

Jamaican power outlet

If you are organizing a trip it is helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any common electronics that you are bringing with you. Without knowing which power socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, meaning having to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you're there. Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This guide has been written to help prepare travellers wanting to power their iPhone when they are visiting Jamaica.This page has step-by-step instructions showing you exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone when you are travelling to Jamaica using the B or A type Jamaican 110 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Jamaicans will use the Type B sockets in their wall outlets. You will find power will change from region to region so we suggest reading the power supplies and North America page for a full list of countries. If the iPhone does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Jamaica from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) can take longer to charge or won't power up, check that the device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. If you're planning on staying at a city like Kingston or Spanish Town we recommend reading the Jamaican entry on wikipedia [1] for more details.

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Charging the iPhone in Jamaica

Can you use the iPhone in Jamaica?

You can use the iPhone in Jamaica.

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What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Jamaica?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPhone then the best international travel adapter for Jamaica is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Jamaicans use two different types of power outlets (B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel chargers for your Jamaican trip. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer. The travel 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 with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Jamaica

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 wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Jamaica and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Jamaica using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 Jamaica. [8]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Jamaica?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone from a Jamaican power outlet

A guide showing how to charge your iPhone from a Jamaican power outlet with a 30-pin Apple connector with a three pin Type A power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone from the Jamaican power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], normally already included with your iPhone.
  2. Start by inserting the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet (known as the Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by two slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Plug in one end of the charging cable into the bottom of 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 Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging, typically taking between one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone from a Jamaican power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Jamaican power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge your iPhone with a Jamaican power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type B USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone from a Jamaican power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - typically already included with the iPhone.
  2. Plug the Type B USB power adapter into the power supply. You can identify the wall outlet by the two slots parallel to each other with a hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the cord 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. Switch on the Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up taking roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Jamaican power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Jamaican entry on wikipedia
  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, between $10 to $15 USD (£3-£4 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 between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 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, between $10 to $15 USD (£20-£25 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, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).