Charging your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Aruba

A page showing how to charge your iPhone 3GS with an Aruban power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a three pinned Type B power adapter, how to charge the iPhone 3GS using a 2 pin Type A power charger and recharging the iPhone 3GS using a 2 pin Type F power adapter

Aruban power outlet

Varying different region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge your iPhone 3GS . When you are visiting Aruba these instructions show powering the iPhone 3GS by using their standard Type F, A or B 127 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If the iPhone 3GS charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Aruba from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check the device is a dual voltage device (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. If you plan on travelling to an Aruban city like Oranjestad or Sint Nicolaas please refer to the Aruban Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Aruba

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Aruba?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to an Aruban power outlet.

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

When travelling with more than just your iPhone 3GS and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Aruba to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Arubans use three different standards of wall outlets (types F, A and B) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 3GS at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Aruba

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 3GS, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Aruba.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Aruba. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Aruba?

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

Instructions on how to power the iPhone 3GS from an Aruban power outlet with the USB 30 pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type A power charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 3GS from an Aruban power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the cable is typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Aruban power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two slots adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the USB power 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 Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is charging which should take between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from an Aruban power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from an Aruban power outlet

Using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type B USB charger to charge your iPhone 3GS with an Aruban power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3GS from an Aruban power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is normally already included with the device.
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter into the Aruban power outlet. This power outlet, sometimes known as a Type B power outlet [6], can be recognised by 2 thin slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircle hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains USB 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 Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 3GS screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging taking around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from an Aruban power outlet

Powering the iPhone 3GS with an Aruban power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone 3GS from an Aruban power outlet with the Apple 30-pin connector and a 2 pin Type F power adapter.

  1. To power your iPhone 3GS using the Aruban power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is normally already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. You can identify this power supply by the two large round holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral pins along with two metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable into the bottom of the USB power 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 Aruban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up which typically takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with an Aruban power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Aruban Wikipedia web page
  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, costs 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 (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, between $5 to $10 USD (£20-£25 GBP / under C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  10. 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).