Charging the iPhone 4 in Trinidad

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type A power charger to charge the iPhone 4 from a Trinidad power outlet and charging the iPhone 4 using a Type B USB adapter.

Trinidad power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to visit another country to the first time traveller. These simple instructions tells you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the iPhone 4 when travelling to Trinidad by using their types B or A 115 volt 60Hz power outlets, a majority of Trinidadians will typically use Type B wall outlets. If the iPhone 4 does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Trinidad from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't power up, check the iPhone 4 is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Trinidad

Can you use the iPhone 4 in Trinidad?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 4 to a Trinidad power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 4 in Trinidad?

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best travel adapter for Trinidad to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of power outlets in Trinidad (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 volts - 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 4 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters and additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate power adapters on your Trinidad trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPhone 4 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging 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 around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Trinidad 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 America going to Trinidad using type B American 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at 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 charger for the iPhone 4 in Trinidad?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Trinidad power outlet

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a two pinned Type A power charger to charge the iPhone 4 from a Trinidad power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 4 using a Trinidad power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should typically include this cable when you buy the iPhone 4.
  2. First plug in the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Turn on the Trinidad power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Trinidad power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Trinidad power outlet

Using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a three pin Type B USB charger to power the iPhone 4 with a Trinidad power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPhone 4 using 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 normally include this cable when you buy the iPhone 4.
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other with a semicircular shaped hole below for the long earth pin.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Switch on the Trinidad power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 4 is powering up which takes between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 4 from a Trinidad power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Trinidad Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 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, priced at 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, estimated price 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, 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, priced between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).