Charging your iPhone from a power outlet in Venezuela

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone from a Venezuelan power outlet with a 30-pin Apple connector with a three pinned Type A power adapter and charging the iPhone using a three pinned Type B power adapter.

Venezuelan power outlet

Varying different voltages and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never visited before. This useful guide tells you exactly how to supply power to the iPhone when you're in Venezuela using the standard B or A type Venezuelan 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. Most power changes depending on which country you are in so we recommend reading the power supplies and South America page for a full list of countries. If the iPhone does not power up or charges slowly when visiting Venezuela from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your device is a dual voltage device (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use.

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Charging the iPhone in Venezuela

Can the iPhone be used in Venezuela?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone to a Venezuelan power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

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What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Venezuela?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just your iPhone then the best travel adapter for Venezuela is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Venezuelans use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPhone supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your Venezuelan trip. By only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of flexible travel adapter online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Venezuela

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 visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters 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 converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Venezuela using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and offers the same set of features 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 a more 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Venezuela. [8]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Venezuela?

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

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone from a Venezuelan power outlet with a 30-pin Apple connector with a three pinned Type A power adapter.

  1. In order to power your iPhone from a Venezuelan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this USB cable is typically supplied with your iPhone by Apple.
  2. Plug the Type A USB power adapter into the power outlet. This ungrounded power outlet, sometimes known as a Type A power outlet [3], is identified by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other where the twin plug outlet blades go.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Venezuelan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Venezuelan power outlet

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

Using a 30 pin connector with a three pin Type B power adapter to recharge your iPhone with a Venezuelan power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone from a Venezuelan power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include this USB cable with the iPhone).
  2. Start by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by two slots for live and neutral blades with a single semicircle hole below for the long grounded pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 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 Venezuelan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cell will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking between 1 to 4 hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Venezuelan power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Venezuelan Wikipedia web 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, costs between $10 to $15 USD (£3-£4 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, priced at 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 $10 to $15 USD (£20-£25 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, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).