How to charge your iPhone 3G from a power outlet in Ecuador

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 3G from an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type A power charger and charging the iPhone 3G using a Type B power adapter.

Ecuadorian power outlet

Various voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country, especially if you've never been there before. This page contains step by step instructions demonstrating exactly how to supply power to your iPhone 3G when you are travelling to Ecuador using their types B or A Ecuadorian 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets. Most power sources are different from region to region so we recommend that you read the WikiConnections world power connections guide for a full list showing powering devices in different destinations. If the iPhone 3G slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Ecuador from another region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically electrical devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, so check your device is dual voltage (normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Ecuador

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Ecuador?

You can use the iPhone 3G in Ecuador by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Ecuador?

If you are travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for Ecuador is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of plug sockets that Ecuadorians use (B and A) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your iPhone 3G supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters, and support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip. By only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Ecuador

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Ecuador and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Ecuador using type B American 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 America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Ecuador. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Ecuador?

Powering the iPhone 3G with an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions on how to power your iPhone 3G with an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a USB 30 pin Apple connector with a Type A power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3G using the Ecuadorian power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should usually supply the USB cable when you purchase the iPhone 3G).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug supply (technically known as a Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the two slots next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Turn on the Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging and takes roughly 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 3G with an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Instructions showing how to power your iPhone 3G from an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a USB 30-pin Apple connector and a 3 pinned Type B power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3G using an Ecuadorian power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically already supplied with the device).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by two thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a semicircular hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Switch on the Ecuadorian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPhone 3G will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging and takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with an Ecuadorian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about Ecuador
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  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, costs £10-£15.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, around £15.
  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, costing around £15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.