How to charge the iPhone 3G when staying in Haiti

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Haitian power outlet by using a USB 30-pin cable with a 3 pinned Type A USB adapter and how to recharge the iPhone 3G using a Type B power plug.

Haitian power outlet

Differing frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country especially for the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to help prepare visitors wanting to charge their iPhone 3G when they're travelling abroad.This page contains step-by-step instructions demonstrating exactly how to power the iPhone 3G when visiting Haiti by using the standard types B or A Haitian 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets, you'll discover most Haitians will typically use the Type B wall outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll find that most power sockets will vary regionally so please read the WikiConnections world power supplies page for a full list showing regions and countries. If your iPhone 3G charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Haiti from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the iPhone 3G is a dual voltage device (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. If you are planning to stay at a Haitian destination like Port-au-Prince please read the Haitian Wikipedia page [1] for more information on visiting the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Haiti

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Haiti?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a Haitian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Haiti?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Haiti 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 Haiti (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPhone 3G can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Haiti or occupying additional power outlets. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and convenient for recharging your iPhone 3G at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones and using only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying a multipurpose power charger like this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Haiti

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 converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Haiti and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Haiti.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with 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 Haiti. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3G in Haiti?

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

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Haitian power outlet by using a USB 30-pin cable with a 3 pinned Type A USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3G from the Haitian 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 the iPhone 3G by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the Haitian power outlet. The plug outlet, technically known as the Type A power outlet [3], is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  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 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Turn on the Haitian 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 3G with a Haitian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Haitian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a Type B power charger to recharge your iPhone 3G from a Haitian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3G from the Haitian power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this cable is usually already supplied with the iPhone 3G by Apple).
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the Haitian power outlet. The plug outlet, technically known as the Type B power outlet [6], is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades 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 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Turn on the Haitian 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 takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Haitian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Haitian Wikipedia page
  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, priced £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, £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, estimated price £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 £10-£15.