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

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a Venezuelan power outlet using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type A power charger and charging the iPhone 3GS using a Type B USB adapter.

Venezuelan power outlet

Various voltages and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions have been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 3GS abroad.The following step by step guide shows you how to power the iPhone 3GS when you are travelling to Venezuela by using their B or A type Venezuelan 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. You will discover most power supplies will change depending on which area you taking a trip to so we recommend reading our Wiki Connections world power connections guide where you'll find a full list showing charging devices in different destinations. If the iPhone 3GS slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Venezuela from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check your iPhone 3GS is a dual voltage device (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Venezuela

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Venezuela?

You can use the iPhone 3GS in Venezuela by using the correct power adaptor.

Venezuela

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

If travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for Venezuela is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Venezuelans use two different standards of power outlets (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters or using up additional power outlets. Only needing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for charging your iPhone 3GS at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Venezuela

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Venezuela using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Venezuela. [8]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Venezuela?

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Venezuelan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPhone 3GS with a Venezuelan power outlet with a 30 pin Apple cable with a Type A power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3GS using the Venezuelan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually include the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3GS).
  2. First plug the Type A USB power adapter in the Venezuelan power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other where the pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable 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 Venezuelan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your iPhone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which should take between 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Venezuelan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Venezuelan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

A guide showing how to power your iPhone 3GS with a Venezuelan power outlet by using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3GS using a Venezuelan power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 3GS).
  2. Firstly plug the Type B USB power adapter into the Venezuelan power outlet. The power supply (technically known as a Type B power outlet [6]) is recognised by the 2 slots next to each other with a single hole below for the longer earth pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of 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. Switch on the Venezuelan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your cellphone will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up which takes roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Venezuelan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org page about Venezuela
  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 $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 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, around $10 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. 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 (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).