Charging the iPhone when visiting Nicaragua

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone from a Nicaraguan power outlet by using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type A power charger and powering the iPhone using a Type B power adapter.

Nicaraguan power outlet

Varying complicated region codes and plugs can all be confusing when planning on staying in a new country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPhone in Nicaragua. This guide has been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone when you are visiting Nicaragua.The following simple guide shows exactly how to supply power to your iPhone when going to Nicaragua using their standard types B or A 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. If the iPhone doesn't power up or recharges slowly when travelling to Nicaragua from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your device is a dual voltage device (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use.

This page details the iPhone 1st 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 Nicaragua

Can you use the iPhone in Nicaragua?

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

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone in Nicaragua?

When travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Nicaragua to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Nicaraguans use two different standards of power outlets (B and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPhone is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

This means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers for your trip to Nicaragua or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Nicaragua

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Nicaragua 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Nicaragua.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 Nicaragua. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone in Nicaragua?

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

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone from a Nicaraguan power outlet by using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type A power charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone from the Nicaraguan power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (normally already supplied with your device).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the Nicaraguan power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 slots adjacent to each other.
  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. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up which takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone with a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Charging the iPhone from a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using an Apple 30-pin cable and a three pin Type B USB charger to power the iPhone with a Nicaraguan power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone from a Nicaraguan power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already supplied with your device by Apple).
  2. Start by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the Nicaraguan power outlet. The power supply, technically known as the Type B power outlet [6], can be identified by the 2 slots with a single hole below for the longer ground pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger 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 Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging and takes around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone from a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Nicaragua country Wiki 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, 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, estimated cost 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, estimated price 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, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).