Charging the iPhone 3GS when staying in Saint Pierre

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a two pin Type E USB charger to recharge the iPhone 3GS from a St Pierrais power outlet.

St Pierrais power outlet

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning on staying in a new country especially if you've never visited before. This guide has been specifically written to assist people wanting to charge the iPhone 3GS abroad.When you're planning a trip to Saint Pierre the following instructions show how to charge the iPhone 3GS using the 230 volt 50Hz E Type St Pierrais wall outlet, the Saint-Pierrais will use CEE 7/5 French sockets for charging. When visiting Saint Pierre from another country double check the iPhone 3GS can accept a 240v supply. If the iPhone 3GS was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from being damaged when charging it. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Saint Pierre

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Saint Pierre?

You can connect the iPhone 3GS to a St Pierrais power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Saint Pierre?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Saint Pierre to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your model of iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers. By only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Saint Pierre

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 3GS, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These power adapters come 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 travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Saint Pierre.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Saint Pierre. [6] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Saint Pierre?

Charging the iPhone 3GS from a St Pierrais power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge your iPhone 3GS from a St Pierrais power outlet by using the USB 30-pin Apple cable with a two pin Type E USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 3GS from the St Pierrais power outlet you will need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually already included with the iPhone 3GS).
  2. Firstly plug the Type E USB power adapter into the wall supply. This recessed circular wall supply, sometimes called a CEE 7/7 plug or Type E power outlet [3], can be recognised by two round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins plus a metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the 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. Turn on the St Pierrais power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 3GS screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is charging, typically taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Charging the iPhone 3GS from a St Pierrais power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Saint Pierre
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  4. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, £5-£10.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, around £5.
  6. 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.