How to charge the iPhone 4 when staying in Barbados

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 4 from a Barbadian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type A power charger and charging the iPhone 4 using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter.

Barbadian power outlet

Complicated frequencies and region codes can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 4 when you're going abroad.This page contains simple instructions demonstrating exactly how to power the iPhone 4 when staying in Barbados using their Type B or A 115 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type B power outlets are used by most Bajans. If the iPhone 4 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Barbados from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. If you plan on travelling to a place like Bridgetown please read the wikipedia.org page about Barbados [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4.

Charging the iPhone 4 in Barbados

Can the iPhone 4 be used in Barbados?

You can connect the iPhone 4 to a Barbadian power outlet.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 4 in Barbados?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 4 or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Barbados to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of power outlets in Barbados (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your iPhone 4 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Barbados. Only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Barbados

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international 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 Barbados 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 North America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Barbados. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 4 in Barbados?

Powering the iPhone 4 with a Barbadian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type A power charger to power your iPhone 4 from a Barbadian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 4 from the Barbadian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 4).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the Barbadian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 adjacent slots where the blades sit.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Turn on the Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 4 with a Barbadian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 4 from a Barbadian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 4 from a Barbadian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type B power charger.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 4 using a Barbadian power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 4).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the power supply. You can identify this wall supply by 2 slots parallel to each other with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone 4.
  4. Turn on the Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your mobile screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which should take roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 4 from a Barbadian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Barbados
  2. Apple - official iPhone 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, under £2.
  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 £5-£10.
  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, costing £15-£20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under £15.