How to charge the iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Puerto Rico

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 3GS with a Puerto Rican power outlet by using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 3 pinned Type A power charger and how to recharge the iPhone 3GS using a Type B USB adapter.

Puerto Rican power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 3GS when abroad.When travelling to Puerto Rico these useful instructions show powering your iPhone 3GS using their Type B or A Puerto Rican 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please note that Type B wall outlets will be normally used by most Puerto Ricans. If the iPhone 3GS slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Puerto Rico from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Puerto Rico

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Puerto Rico?

You can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Puerto Rican power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Puerto Rico?

If travelling to multiple countries or bringing along more than just your iPhone 3GS the best travel charger for Puerto Rico is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Puerto Ricans 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 switching the plugs. If your iPhone 3GS supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Puerto Rico. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling to different continents we recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Puerto Rico

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to Puerto Rico.
  • 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 America using type B plugs. This is a much 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 a more generous 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Puerto Rico. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPhone 3GS in Puerto Rico?

Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Puerto Rican power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 3GS with a Puerto Rican power outlet by using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 3 pinned Type A power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3GS from the Puerto Rican power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will typically supply this cable with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the power outlet. This wall supply, sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3], can be identified by two thin adjacent slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Switch on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the cellphone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a Puerto Rican power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Puerto Rican power outlet

Using a 30 pin Apple connector and a three pin Type B USB adapter to charge the iPhone 3GS with a Puerto Rican power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 3GS from the Puerto Rican power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple typically supply this cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the Puerto Rican power outlet. This wall supply, sometimes called a Type B power outlet [6], is recognised by two thin slots adjacent to each other with a single hole below for the ground pin.
  3. 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 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Switch on the Puerto Rican 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 recharging and takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone 3GS from a Puerto Rican power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Puerto Rican Wiki page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS 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, £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 cost £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, £10-£15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under £15.