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

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 3G from a French Polynesian power outlet using the 30 pin Apple cable with a Type A power charger, powering the iPhone 3G using a 3 pinned Type B power plug and how to recharge the iPhone 3G using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

French Polynesian power outlet

Complicated voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 3G when you're travelling abroad.When you're travelling to French Polynesia this page contains instructions showing how to charge your iPhone 3G using their types E, A or B French Polynesian 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets. You'll discover power sockets differ regionally so we recommend that you read our Wiki Connections global power connections page for a complete list of powering devices in different countries. If your iPhone 3G charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to French Polynesia from a different country check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check your iPhone 3G is a dual voltage device (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in French Polynesia

Can the iPhone 3G be used in French Polynesia?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a French Polynesian power outlet.

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What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in French Polynesia?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G then the best travel charger for French Polynesia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. French Polynesians use three different standards of wall outlets (E, A and B) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads. If your iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

This means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for French Polynesia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both French Polynesia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America visiting French Polynesia using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 French Polynesia. [10]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in French Polynesia?

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

Using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a two pin Type A USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3G from a French Polynesian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your iPhone 3G from the French Polynesian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include this cable with your iPhone 3G).
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter in the French Polynesian power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 2 adjacent slots.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the mains 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. Turn on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a French Polynesian power outlet

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

A guide on how to power your iPhone 3G with a French Polynesian power outlet by using the Apple 30 pin cable and a Type B USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3G from the French Polynesian power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3G).
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter in the French Polynesian power outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes called a Type B power outlet [6], is identified by two slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the long earthed pin.
  3. Connect one end of the charging cord into the USB mains 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 French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your mobile will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3G is charging which should take around 60-240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a French Polynesian power outlet

How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a French Polynesian power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 3G from a French Polynesian power outlet with the 30 pin Apple cable with a Type E power charger.

  1. To power the iPhone 3G from the French Polynesian power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this cable is typically included with your iPhone 3G by Apple.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the French Polynesian power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by two round adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go and a long metal grounding pin protruding in the top in a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the cable into the power 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. Switch on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is recharging and takes between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type E power charger for recharging your iPhone 3G from a French Polynesian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about French Polynesia
  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, estimated cost £2-£3.
  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, costing £20-£25.
  8. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  9. 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, estimated cost under £10.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost around £10.