How to charge the iPhone 3GS when staying in Tobago

The WikiConnections page on how to power your iPhone 3GS from a Tobagonian power outlet using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a Type A power charger and powering the iPhone 3GS using a Type B power plug.

Tobagonian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your iPhone 3GS in Tobago. These instructions were written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3GS abroad.This page has useful instructions showing exactly how to charge the iPhone 3GS when you are travelling to Tobago using their B or A type 115 volt 60Hz power outlets, Type B power outlets are used by most Tobagonians. If the iPhone 3GS slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Tobago from a different region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. If you intend to stay at a Tobagonian place like Scarborough or Queens Bay we suggest referring to the Tobago country page on wikipedia.org [1] for further information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Tobago

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Tobago?

You can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Tobagonian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Tobago?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel adapter for Tobago to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Tobagonians use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for an adaptable power charger similar to this online - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Tobago

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3GS, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Tobago and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Tobago using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Tobago.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Tobago?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Tobagonian power outlet

The WikiConnections page on how to power your iPhone 3GS from a Tobagonian power outlet using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a Type A power charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 3GS from the Tobagonian power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically supply this cable when you first purchase the iPhone 3GS.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. The power outlet (technically known as the Type A power outlet [3]) can be identified by two thin slots adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Switch on the Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Tobagonian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Tobagonian power outlet

Learn how to recharge the iPhone 3GS with a Tobagonian power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a three pin Type B USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3GS using a Tobagonian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the device).
  2. Plug in the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 thin slots with a semicircular hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Turn on the Tobagonian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Tobagonian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinidad_%26_Tobago - Tobago country page on wikipedia.org
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/0/MA616/en_US/iPhone_iOS3.1_User_Guide.pdf - Official iPhone 3GS user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters