Charging the iPhone when planning a trip to French Polynesia

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone from a French Polynesian power outlet with the Apple USB 30-pin connector with a three pin Type A power adapter, powering the iPhone using a three pin Type B power adapter and powering the iPhone using a 2 pin Type E power adapter

French Polynesian power outlet

Complicated voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. These guidelines have been specifically written to prevent travellers worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPhone when staying in French Polynesia.If visiting French Polynesia this page has instructions showing charging the iPhone using the types E, A or B 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If the iPhone charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting French Polynesia from another country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your iPhone is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power 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 French Polynesia

Can you use the iPhone in French Polynesia?

You can use the iPhone in French Polynesia by using a power adaptor.

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What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone in French Polynesia?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone the best international travel adapter for French Polynesia is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three standards of plug sockets that French Polynesians use (E, A and B) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads. If your iPhone supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other chargers this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual power chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only needing a single lightweight 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 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 tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for French Polynesia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both French Polynesia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting French Polynesia using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half 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 most travellers from around the world visiting French Polynesia. [10]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone in French Polynesia?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone from a French Polynesian power outlet

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone from a French Polynesian power outlet with the Apple USB 30-pin connector with a three pin Type A power adapter.

  1. In order to power your iPhone from a French Polynesian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically include this USB cable when you buy your iPhone).
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The wall outlet, sometimes known as a Type A power outlet [3], can be recognised by 2 thin adjacent slots for live and neutral blades.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone from a French Polynesian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone from a French Polynesian power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPhone from a French Polynesian power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type B power charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone using a French Polynesian power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is typically already supplied with your iPhone).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by two slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral blades slide into with a semicircle hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging taking around 1-4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone from a French Polynesian power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for charging your iPhone from a French Polynesian power outlet

A guide showing how to power the iPhone from a French Polynesian power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a 2 pin Type E power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone from a French Polynesian power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple typically supply the cable with the iPhone.
  2. Start by taking the Type E USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two 4.8mm round holes 19mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins with a metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone 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 E power charger for charging your iPhone from a French Polynesian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - French Polynesia Wiki 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, costing around $10 USD (£3-£4 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, 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 price around $10 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  9. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, priced between $10 to $15 USD (under £10 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, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).