How to charge the iPhone 3GS when staying in Samoa

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a Type I power charger to power your iPhone 3GS from a Samoan power outlet.

Samoan power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to help prepare people wanting to charge their iPhone 3GS when they're visiting Samoa.This page contains a useful guide demonstrating what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone 3GS when you're travelling to Samoa by using the standard 230 volt 50Hz Type I Samoan wall supply. If visiting Samoa from another region please ensure the iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 3GS originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure the iPhone 3GS is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating when charging it. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Samoa

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Samoa?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3GS in Samoa.

Samoa

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

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Samoa is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Samoa or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for charging your iPhone 3GS at an airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Samoa

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 3GS, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Samoa 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to Samoa using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating 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 a flexible 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 Samoa. [6]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Samoa?

How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Samoan power outlet

Using an Apple 30-pin cable with a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter to charge the iPhone 3GS with a Samoan power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3GS using a Samoan power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type I USB power adapter in the Samoan power outlet. You can identify this power supply by 3 slots in an upside-down triangle configuration with the top two slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and earth blades.
  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 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Switch on the Samoan 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 to four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Samoan power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Samoan Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, under $15 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  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 (around £5 GBP / under C$15).
  6. 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 (around £10 GBP / under C$20).