How to charge your iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Montserrat

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 3G from a Montserratian power outlet with an Apple 30 pin cable with a Type A power charger and how to recharge the iPhone 3G using a Type B power charger.

Montserratian power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were specifically written to stop travellers worrying if they can power the iPhone 3G abroad.This page contains step by step instructions demonstrating exactly how to power the iPhone 3G when going to Montserrat using their B or A type 230 volt 60Hz power outlets. If travelling to Montserrat from another country please ensure the iPhone 3G can accept a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your iPhone 3G is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. If you plan on travelling to a Montserratian destination like Brades we also suggest referring to the Montserratian country entry on Wikipedia.org [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Montserrat

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Montserrat?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3G in Montserrat.

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

If travelling with more than your iPhone 3G then the best international travel charger for Montserrat is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of power outlets in Montserrat (types B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of iPhone 3G can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers for your trip to Montserrat or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The travel 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 Montserrat

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 adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Montserrat 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 compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Montserrat.
  • 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. This offers almost the same set of features as 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Montserrat. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3G in Montserrat?

Charging the iPhone 3G from a Montserratian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

A guide showing you how to recharge your iPhone 3G from a Montserratian power outlet with an Apple 30 pin cable with a Type A power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3G from the Montserratian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually supply this cable with your iPhone 3G).
  2. First insert the Type A USB power adapter into the wall outlet. This wall supply, technically known as the Type A power outlet [3], can be identified by two thin slots adjacent to each other. Please note that power cords used with type A sockets which are rated at 125 volts shouldn't be used in Montserrat so we recommend checking first.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB 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. Switch on the Montserratian 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 iPhone is charging and takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3G from a Montserratian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

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

Using the 30 pin Apple connector and a three pinned Type B USB adapter to charge the iPhone 3G with a Montserratian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3G from the Montserratian power outlet you will need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually supply the USB cable with your iPhone 3G).
  2. Plug in the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet (technically known as the Type B power outlet [6]) can be identified by two thin slots adjacent to each other with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the ground pin. Please be aware power cables used with type B sockets which are rated at less that 240 V should not be used so please check prior to proceeding.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord 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 Montserratian 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 one to four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Montserratian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Montserratian country entry on Wikipedia.org
  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 £15.
  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, priced at £10-£15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at £10-£15.