How to charge the iPhone 3GS when staying in Trinidad

Using a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a Type A power charger to power your iPhone 3GS from a Trinidad power outlet and powering the iPhone 3GS using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter.

Trinidad power outlet

If you are organizing to travel to Trinidad it's helpful to know if you'll be able to use all your common devices when you reach your destination. But without knowing which plug socket is used in Trinidad you may bring the wrong charger, leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never been there before. This guide shows what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone 3GS when you are visiting Trinidad by using the standard types B or A Trinidad 115 volt 60Hz wall outlets, Type B power outlets are used by most Trinidadians. If the iPhone 3GS slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Trinidad from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your device is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Trinidad

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Trinidad?

You can use the iPhone 3GS in Trinidad.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Trinidad?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3GS or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Trinidad is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Trinidadians use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Trinidad or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online - the power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Trinidad

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Trinidad.
  • 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 is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Trinidad?

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Trinidad power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type A power charger to power your iPhone 3GS from a Trinidad power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3GS from the Trinidad 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 include the USB cable with your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the power supply. You can identify this wall supply by 2 slots next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter 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 Trinidad power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Trinidad power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

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

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 3GS with a Trinidad power outlet by using a USB 30 pin Apple connector and a Type B power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3GS from the Trinidad power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Plug in the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this power supply by two thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cord into 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 Trinidad power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3GS will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is recharging taking roughly one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Trinidad power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Trinidad
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS 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, 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, priced at 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 cost under $10 USD (£20-£25 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, costs between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).