How to charge the iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Guatemala

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPhone 3G from a Guatemalan power outlet with an Apple 30-pin cable and a Type A power charger and how to recharge the iPhone 3G using a three pinned Type B USB adapter.

Guatemalan power outlet

Various region codes and plug types can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this guide shows exactly what to pick up in advance to charge your iPhone 3G in Guatemala. These instructions were written to stop visitors needing to worry if they can power the iPhone 3G abroad.When you're going to travel to Guatemala the following instructions show charging your iPhone 3G by using the standard types B or A Guatemalan 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. Power supplies will vary depending on which area you visiting therefore we suggest that you read the WikiConnections travel power sockets guide where you'll find a full list showing regions and countries. If your iPhone 3G charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Guatemala from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical 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, so check that the iPhone 3G is a dual voltage device (usually marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Guatemala

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Guatemala?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a Guatemalan power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Guatemala?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for Guatemala is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Guatemalans use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power chargers, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to Guatemala. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPhone 3G at the airport or on the plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Guatemala

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 3G, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Guatemala 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 power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting Guatemala using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Guatemala. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Guatemala?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Guatemalan power outlet

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPhone 3G from a Guatemalan power outlet with an Apple 30-pin cable and a Type A power charger.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 3G from the Guatemalan power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - this cable is usually already supplied with your device.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type A USB power adapter into the Guatemalan power outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by 2 slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Turn on the Guatemalan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your cell will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is recharging and takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Guatemalan power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Guatemalan power outlet

Using the 30 pin Apple connector with a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3G from a Guatemalan power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 3G from the Guatemalan 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 this cable with your iPhone 3G).
  2. Start by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the Guatemalan power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 slots parallel to each other with a semicircular shaped hole below for the slightly longer earth pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB cord into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Turn on the Guatemalan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up, typically taking around 60-240 minutes to recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Guatemalan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia entry about Guatemala
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G 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, around £1.
  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, priced £20-£25.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.