Charging the iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Nicaragua

A step by step guide showing how to recharge your iPhone 3G with a Nicaraguan power outlet with a 30-pin connector with a 3 pin Type A USB charger and recharging the iPhone 3G using a Type B power adapter.

Nicaraguan power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plug types can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPhone 3G . If you're visiting Nicaragua the following useful instructions show how to charge the iPhone 3G by using the Type B or A Nicaraguan 120 volt 60Hz power outlets. You will discover power will vary regionally therefore we recommend reading the North America and power supplies page for a full list of countries. If the iPhone 3G slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Nicaragua from a different region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check your iPhone 3G is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Nicaragua

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Nicaragua?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3G to a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Nicaragua?

When travelling to multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Nicaragua is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of plug sockets in Nicaragua (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of travel adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

Having a four port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Nicaraguan trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone 3G at an airport or on the flight. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Nicaragua

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, however for visitors also wishing 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 when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Nicaragua and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Nicaragua using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Nicaragua. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Nicaragua?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Nicaraguan power outlet

Using a 30 pin connector and a Type A USB charger to power the iPhone 3G from a Nicaraguan power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPhone 3G using the Nicaraguan power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually included with the device).
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the Nicaraguan power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the cord into the bottom of the power 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 Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Nicaraguan power outlet

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

Using a USB 30 pin cable and a Type B USB adapter to power the iPhone 3G with a Nicaraguan power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPhone 3G using the Nicaraguan power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPhone 3G.
  2. Start by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the Nicaraguan power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the bottom of the mains power 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. Turn on the Nicaraguan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the mobile screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3G from a Nicaraguan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Nicaragua Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G 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, costs between $5 to $10 USD (under £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, around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-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, under $10 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25).
  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).