Charging the iPhone when planning a trip to Guatemala

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone from a Guatemalan power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type A power adapter and powering the iPhone using a Type B power charger.

Guatemalan power outlet

Different standards and plug types can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your iPhone . These instructions have been specifically written to stop travellers worrying if they'll be able to charge the iPhone abroad.The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to charge your iPhone in Guatemala using the types B or A 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If your iPhone doesn't power up or recharges slowly when visiting Guatemala from a different region please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is a dual voltage device (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use.

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Charging the iPhone in Guatemala

Can you use the iPhone in Guatemala?

You can use the iPhone in Guatemala by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone in Guatemala?

If you are travelling with more than your iPhone or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Guatemala is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Guatemalans use two different types of wall outlets (types B and A) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters and support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring individual travel chargers on your Guatemalan trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for charging your iPhone at the airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Guatemala we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Guatemala

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Guatemala and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Guatemala.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Guatemala. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone in Guatemala?

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

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone from a Guatemalan power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type A power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPhone using the Guatemalan power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply (sometimes called the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other where the two plug outlet blades slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB 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. Turn on the Guatemalan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging taking around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Guatemalan power outlet

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

Instructions on how to recharge the iPhone from a Guatemalan power outlet with a 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone using the Guatemalan power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already included with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this power supply by the two slots adjacent to each other with a hole below for the slightly long grounded pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB 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. Turn on the Guatemalan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging taking around 1-4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Guatemalan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Guatemala
  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, estimated price £15-£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 around £5.
  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, estimated cost £10-£15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost under £15.