How to charge your iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Peru

A step-by-step guide showing how to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Peruvian power outlet with a 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C power charger, powering the iPhone 3GS using a 2 pinned Type A power plug and how to charge the iPhone 3GS using a three pin Type B USB adapter

Peruvian power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and sockets can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to prevent travellers needing to worry if they'll be able to power the iPhone 3GS when they're travelling abroad.When going to Peru this page contains instructions showing how to power the iPhone 3GS using their Type C, A or B Peruvian 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, Type C plug outlets will be typically used by a majority of Peruvians. When you are visiting Peru from a different country ensure the iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure the iPhone 3GS is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. If you intend to stay somewhere like Lima or La Libertad refer to the Peru country Wikipedia page [1] for further details prior to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Peru

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Peru?

You can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Peruvian power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Peru?

When you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than just your iPhone 3GS the best travel adapter for Peru to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Peruvians use three different standards of wall outlets (C, A and B) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads. If your iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port charger will allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power chargers on your trip to Peru. Only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying a versatile travel adapter similar to this at an electronics retailer, the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Peru

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 visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Peru using type B 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 from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Peru. [10] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Peru?

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

Using the Apple 30 pin cable and a Type A USB adapter to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Peruvian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Peruvian power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the power supply. This power outlet (sometimes called a Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the USB mains 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. Switch on the Peruvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is recharging which should take around 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Peruvian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Peruvian power outlet

Instructions on how to power your iPhone 3GS from a Peruvian power outlet using a USB 30 pin cable with a Type B power charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 3GS from the Peruvian power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the Peruvian power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 thin slots next to each other with a semicircular shaped hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the 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. Turn on the Peruvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Peruvian power outlet

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Peruvian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A step-by-step guide showing how to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Peruvian power outlet with a 30 pin Apple connector with a 2 pinned Type C power charger.

  1. In order to charge your iPhone 3GS using a Peruvian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is typically included with your iPhone 3GS by Apple).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 adjacent holes for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of 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. Turn on the Peruvian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 3GS will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking roughly one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Peruvian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Peru country Wikipedia 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, between $5 to $10 USD (£1-£2 GBP / under 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, 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 £15 GBP / under C$25).
  8. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, around $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).