How to charge your iPhone from a power outlet in Trinidad

Instructions on how to charge the iPhone from a Trinidad power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a three pinned Type A power charger and recharging the iPhone using a three pin Type B USB charger.

Trinidad 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. If you are planning a vacation to Trinidad this page has instructions showing how to charge your iPhone using the standard Type B or A 115 volt 60Hz power outlets, a majority of Trinidadians normally use the Type B plugs in their power outlets. If your iPhone charges slowly or does not power up when visiting Trinidad from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which originated 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 the device is dual-voltage (usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use.

This page details the iPhone first generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for a full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Trinidad

Can the iPhone be used in Trinidad?

You can use the iPhone in Trinidad by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone in Trinidad?

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

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads. If your iPhone supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. This means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters on your Trinidad trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used 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 without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Trinidad

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Trinidad.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Trinidad. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone in Trinidad?

Charging the iPhone from a Trinidad power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge the iPhone from a Trinidad power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a three pinned Type A USB charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone from the Trinidad power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is typically included with the iPhone by Apple).
  2. Firstly insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Trinidad power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two thin adjacent slots.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the mains USB adapter 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 Trinidad power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging which should take around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Charging the iPhone from a Trinidad power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Instructions on how to charge the iPhone from a Trinidad power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a three pinned Type B USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone from the Trinidad power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should usually include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the Trinidad power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the short twin blades sit with a single semicircular hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the mains USB adapter 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 Trinidad power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging which should take around one-four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Trinidad power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Trinidad 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, around $5 USD (around £1 GBP / C$15-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, costs between $5 to $10 USD (around £20 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, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).