How to charge the iPhone 4 from a power outlet in Jamaica

A page on how to charge the iPhone 4 with a Jamaican power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a three pinned Type A power charger and how to recharge the iPhone 4 using a 3 pinned Type B power plug.

Jamaican power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on travelling to a different country especially if you've never been there before. These guidelines were specifically written to stop visitors worrying if they can charge their iPhone 4 abroad.When you're visiting Jamaica these instructions show how to power the iPhone 4 using their standard types B or A 110 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Jamaicans use the Type B power outlets. You will discover most power supplies change from region to region so we recommend that you read the WikiConnections travel power connections page where you'll find a complete list of countries. If your iPhone 4 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Jamaica from a different region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't power up, check your iPhone 4 is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are normally indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Jamaica

Can the iPhone 4 be used in Jamaica?

You can use the iPhone 4 in Jamaica by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Jamaica?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 4 and visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Jamaica to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Jamaicans use (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPhone 4 supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter 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 with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Jamaica

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 4, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Jamaica.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Jamaica. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Jamaica?

Powering the iPhone 4 with a Jamaican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using a USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type A power adapter to charge the iPhone 4 from a Jamaican power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 4 using the Jamaican power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is usually included with your iPhone 4 by Apple).
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter in the Jamaican power outlet. This power outlet (sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3]) can be identified by the 2 adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Switch on the Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 4 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.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Jamaican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 4 with a Jamaican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type B power adapter to charge the iPhone 4 from a Jamaican power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 4 using the Jamaican power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is usually already included with your device by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug the Type B USB power adapter in the Jamaican power outlet. This wall supply, technically known as a Type B power outlet [6], is identified by two thin slots with a single hole below for the longer earth pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Switch on the Jamaican 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.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Jamaican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Jamaican country page on wikipedia
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  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 $5 to $10 USD (£1-£2 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, priced at 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, costing between $5 to $10 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$25).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).