Charging the iPhone when planning a trip to Micronesia

A page showing how to charge your iPhone with a Micronesian power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type A power adapter and how to power the iPhone using a 3 pin Type B power charger.

Micronesian power outlet

Differing combinations of region codes and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to visit another country especially for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to buy in advance to power your iPhone . These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPhone when travelling abroad.These step by step instructions shows exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone when travelling to Micronesia using the types B or A 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If your iPhone doesn't power up or recharges slowly when travelling to Micronesia from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your device is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use.

This page details the iPhone 1st generation, the original iPhone is missing some features which have since been introduced to more recent iPhones. Visit the Apple category page for a full range of Apple iPhones. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 3 or greater on the iPhone.

Charging the iPhone in Micronesia

Can you use the iPhone in Micronesia?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone to a Micronesian power outlet.

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What is the best power adapter for the iPhone in Micronesia?

When travelling with more than just your iPhone or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Micronesia is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Micronesians use two different types of power outlets (types B and A) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPhone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Micronesian trip or using up additional power sockets. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers using only a single wall outlet.

For those travelling to Micronesia we suggest searching for a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated 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 Micronesia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Micronesia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Micronesia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Micronesia. [8]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone in Micronesia?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Micronesian power outlet

A page showing how to charge your iPhone with a Micronesian power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type A power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone using the Micronesian power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually supplied with your iPhone by Apple.
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply (sometimes known as a Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Switch on the Micronesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of the cellphone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Micronesian power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Micronesian power outlet

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a Type B USB charger to charge your iPhone with a Micronesian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone from a Micronesian power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple will typically supply the cable with the iPhone).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircle hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone. The iPhone dock connector is found at bottom of the iPhone.
  4. Turn on the Micronesian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging which typically takes roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPhone from a Micronesian power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org web page about Micronesia
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  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, priced at £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, priced around £5.
  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, £20-£25.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.