Charging your iPhone from a power outlet in Tonga

How to connect a Tongan power outlet to the iPhone

Tongan power outlet

Varying different standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially for the first time traveller. This guide has been written to stop travellers having to worry if they can charge the iPhone abroad.If travelling to Tonga the following instructions show how to power your iPhone by using their 240 volt 50Hz Type I power supply. When travelling to Tonga from a different region ensure that your iPhone can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check the iPhone is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it.

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 Tonga

Can you use the iPhone in Tonga?

You can connect the iPhone to a Tongan power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Tonga?

If travelling with more than just your iPhone and visiting more than one country the best travel charger for Tonga is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your type of iPhone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel chargers along with support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your iPhone at an airport or on a flight. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tonga

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Tonga and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international 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 Tonga using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Tonga. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPhone in Tonga?

Powering the iPhone with a Tongan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone with a Tongan power outlet with the 30-pin Apple connector with a 3 pin Type I USB charger.

  1. To power the iPhone using the Tongan power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], the USB cable is typically supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type I USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. The wall supply, technically called a Type I power outlet [3], can be identified by 3 slots forming an upside-down triangle pattern with the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains 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 Tongan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging, typically taking between one to four hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone with a Tongan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Tongan Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - the original iPhone product manual
  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, priced £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 cost £5-£10.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs around £10.