How to charge the iPhone in Tobago

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

Tobagonian power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the iPhone . These guidelines have been written to help prepare travellers wanting to power their iPhone abroad.This step by step guide will show how to charge your iPhone in Tobago by using their Type B or A Tobagonian 115 volt 60Hz power outlets, a majority of Tobagonians typically use the Type B sockets in their wall outlets. If your iPhone charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Tobago from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the device is dual voltage (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. If you intend on visiting a Tobagonian destination such as Scarborough or Queens Bay we suggest reading the Tobagonian Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth information on travelling to the location.

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 Tobago

Can the iPhone be used in Tobago?

Yes, you can use the iPhone in Tobago.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone in Tobago?

If you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Tobago to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of wall outlets in Tobago (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPhone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tobago

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Tobago 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Tobago 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 is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Tobago. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone in Tobago?

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

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone with a Tobagonian power outlet using the Apple 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type A power charger.

  1. To power the iPhone from a Tobagonian power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should typically include the cable when you buy the iPhone.
  2. First plug in the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this plug outlet by two thin 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 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 Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking roughly one to four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone with a Tobagonian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPhone from a Tobagonian power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type B USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone from a Tobagonian power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is typically supplied with the device.
  2. First plug in the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other with a hole below for the longer ground pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the bottom of 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 Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Tobagonian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Tobagonian Wikipedia web 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, estimated cost between $5 to $10 USD (around £1 GBP / under C$30).
  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 (£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, estimated price between $5 to $10 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, priced at between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).