How to charge the iPhone 3GS in Tuvalu

Using a USB 30 pin Apple cable and a three pinned Type I power charger to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Tuvaluan power outlet.

Tuvaluan power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of region codes and plug types can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to buy in advance to power the iPhone 3GS in Tuvalu. These guidelines have been written to stop travellers having to worry if they'll be able to power their iPhone 3GS when they are going abroad.The following step by step guide will show you exactly how to supply power to your iPhone 3GS when travelling to Tuvalu by using their 220 volt 50Hz Type I Tuvaluan power outlet. Most power sources will vary depending on which area you taking a trip to so we recommend that you read the Wikiconnections travel power sockets page where you'll find a complete list showing charging devices in different regions. When you are visiting Tuvalu from another country please check your iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If your iPhone 3GS originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check the iPhone 3GS is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Tuvalu

Can the iPhone 3GS be used in Tuvalu?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3GS in Tuvalu.

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

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 3GS then the best travel adapter for Tuvalu to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As 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 just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Tuvalu

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Tuvalu 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Tuvalu using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Tuvalu. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3GS in Tuvalu?

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

A guide on how to charge the iPhone 3GS from a Tuvaluan power outlet using the Apple 30-pin connector and a Type I power adapter.

  1. To supply power to the iPhone 3GS from a Tuvaluan power outlet you will need to use a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple should usually include the cable with the iPhone 3GS.
  2. First plug in the Type I USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth blades.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the mains USB 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. Switch on the Tuvaluan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the cell screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is powering up, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Tuvaluan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Tuvalu Wikipedia web page
  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, costing around £20.
  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 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.