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

A guide on how to recharge the iPhone 3G with a Jamaican power outlet with a USB 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type A USB charger and how to charge the iPhone 3G using a three pinned Type B USB plug.

Jamaican power outlet

If packing for a trip it can often be helpful to know if you can charge your common devices that you'll be bringing along with you. Without knowing which power socket is being used in Jamaica you could end up either over packing with unnecessary adaptors or pack the wrong charger, therefore having to purchase a suitable charger on arrival which might be incompatible. Varying different region codes and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This page has been specifically written to help assist travellers wanting to charge the iPhone 3G when going abroad.If you are staying in Jamaica this page has useful instructions showing how to power your iPhone 3G using the standard Type B or A 110 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Jamaicans normally use the Type B plugs in their power outlets. Most power sources vary regionally so we suggest that you read the Wiki Connections global power supplies page where you'll find a complete list showing destinations. If the iPhone 3G slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to Jamaica from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, check the iPhone 3G is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Jamaica

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Jamaica?

You can use the iPhone 3G in Jamaica by using the correct power convertor.

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

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G and visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for Jamaica to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Jamaicans use (types B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Jamaica

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, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Jamaica.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Jamaica. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Jamaica?

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

A guide on how to recharge the iPhone 3G with a Jamaican power outlet with a USB 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type A USB charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 3G from a Jamaican power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple typically supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone 3G.
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two thin slots adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a Jamaican power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Jamaican power outlet

A guide on how to recharge the iPhone 3G with a Jamaican power outlet with a USB 30 pin cable and a three pinned Type B USB charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 3G from a Jamaican power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - the cable is typically included with the iPhone 3G by Apple.
  2. Begin by plugging the Type B USB power adapter in the power outlet. The plug outlet (technically known as a Type B power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the 2 slots next to each other where the short twin blades sit with a semicircular hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cord into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Jamaican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Jamaican power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Jamaica
  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, costs £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, £20-£25.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced £10-£15.