How to charge the iPhone 3GS in Tristan da Cunha

Using a 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type G power charger to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Tristanian power outlet.

Tristanian power outlet

Varying complicated voltages and region codes can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially to the first time traveller. This page has step by step instructions showing you exactly what you'll need to charge the iPhone 3GS in Tristan da Cunha using a standard 240 volt 50Hz Type G plug outlet, with the Tristanians using 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. You will find power sockets differ depending on which country you are travelling to therefore we recommend reading the Africa page for a full list of countries. If you are visiting Tristan da Cunha from a different region please check that your iPhone 3GS can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check your iPhone 3GS is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you intend on visiting a Tristanian destination such as Edinburgh or Tristan da Cunha we suggest reading the Tristan da Cunha page on Wikipedia.org [1] for more indepth information on travelling to the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Tristan da Cunha

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Tristan da Cunha?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3GS in Tristan da Cunha.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Tristan da Cunha?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone 3GS the best international travel charger for Tristan da Cunha is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

This will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers on your Tristanian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Tristan da Cunha

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 the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Tristan da Cunha.
  • 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 and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 Tristan da Cunha. [6] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Tristan da Cunha?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Tristanian power outlet

Instructions on how to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Tristanian power outlet using an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a Type G power adapter.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3GS from the Tristanian power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will normally include this USB cable when you purchase your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Begin by plugging the Type G USB power adapter in the Tristanian power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes known as a Type G power outlet [3]) looks like three holes containing shutters forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the 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 Tristanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up which takes between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Tristanian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Tristan da Cunha page on Wikipedia.org
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, £30-£35.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, around £5.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced £10-£15.