Charging your iPhone from a power outlet in American Samoa

A page showing how to charge your iPhone from an American Samoan power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type B USB charger, how to power the iPhone using a Type A USB plug and charging the iPhone using a two pinned Type F power adapter

American Samoan power outlet

Varying different frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to power your iPhone . This guide was specifically written to prepare travellers wanting to power their iPhone abroad.This page contains useful instructions telling you what you'll need to power your iPhone when travelling to American Samoa by using their standard I, A, B or F type American Samoan 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type I plug outlets will be used by a majority of American Samoans. If your iPhone slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to American Samoa from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) can take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your device is a dual voltage device (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional 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 American Samoa

Can the iPhone be used in American Samoa?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone to an American Samoan power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone in American Samoa?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for American Samoa to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. American Samoans use four different types of power outlets (types I, A, B and F) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your iPhone can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel chargers on your American Samoan trip. By only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to different places we suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for American Samoa

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, but for those 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 useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both American Samoa 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to American Samoa using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and offers 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 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting American Samoa. [12] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone in American Samoa?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone from an American Samoan power outlet

Using a 30-pin Apple connector with a Type A power adapter to power the iPhone with an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPhone from an American Samoan power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should normally supply this USB cable when you buy the iPhone).
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the 30 pin 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 American Samoan 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 charging which typically takes around one to four hours to fully recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your iPhone from an American Samoan power outlet

Charging the iPhone from an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

A page showing how to charge your iPhone from an American Samoan power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type B USB charger.

  1. To charge the iPhone from the American Samoan power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually include this USB cable with the iPhone.
  2. Start by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. The plug supply (technically called the Type B power outlet [6]) can be recognised by two slots next to each other with a single hole below for the earth pin.
  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 American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 1 - 4 hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone from an American Samoan power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Powering the iPhone with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using the Apple USB 30 pin connector and a 2 pin Type F power charger to charge your iPhone with an American Samoan power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone using the American Samoan power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - usually supplied with the device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the American Samoan power outlet. This sunken circular wall outlet, also known as the Schuko plug or Type F power outlet [8], can be identified by two round holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into along with two metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the mains 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. Switch on the American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is powering up taking roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone with an American Samoan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPhone from an American Samoan power outlet

A page showing how to recharge the iPhone from an American Samoan power outlet with the USB 30-pin Apple cable and a Type I USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone from an American Samoan power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually supplied with the device by Apple).
  2. Firstly plug the Type I USB power adapter into the American Samoan power outlet. You can identify this plug supply by the 3 thin slots in a triangle configuration with the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin 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 American Samoan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which takes roughly one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your iPhone from an American Samoan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about American Samoa
  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, around £1.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, costs 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, around £20.
  8. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, £15-£20.
  10. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  11. 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, estimated price £20-£25.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.