How to charge the iPhone 3GS when planning a trip to Kiribati

Using a USB 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type I USB charger to power the iPhone 3GS with a Kiribati power outlet.

Kiribati power outlet

Various frequencies and region codes can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. When visiting Kiribati these instructions show how to power the iPhone 3GS using their standard 240 volt 50Hz Type I power supply. When travelling to Kiribati from another country check your iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from over-heating during charging. If you plan on travelling to a place like Bairiki we also recommend referring to the wikipedia page about Kiribati [1] for more indepth information. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Kiribati

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Kiribati?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Kiribati power outlet.

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What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3GS in Kiribati?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3GS and visiting more than one country the best travel adapter for Kiribati to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the plugs over. If your iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel to Kiribati we recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Kiribati

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 3GS, but for visitors 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 can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Kiribati using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 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 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Kiribati. [6]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3GS in Kiribati?

How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Kiribati power outlet

Using a USB 30 pin connector and a three pinned Type I power charger to recharge the iPhone 3GS with a Kiribati power outlet.

  1. To power the iPhone 3GS from a Kiribati power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Start by taking the Type I USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 3 thin slots forming a triangle configuration with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top pair of slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth blades.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into 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. Turn on the Kiribati power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is charging, typically taking roughly 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Kiribati power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Kiribati
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, £20-£25.
  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 price £5-£10.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.