How to charge the iPhone 3G when staying in Tristan da Cunha

Using a USB 30-pin cable with a Type G power charger to power your iPhone 3G from a Tristanian power outlet.

Tristanian power outlet

Different region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your iPhone 3G in Tristan da Cunha. These guidelines have been written to prevent people worrying if they can power the iPhone 3G when going abroad.This useful guide shows what you'll need to supply power to your iPhone 3G when you're travelling to Tristan da Cunha by using the standard 240 volt 50Hz Type G Tristanian wall outlet, with the Tristanians using a 13 amp plug for charging. When you are visiting Tristan da Cunha from a different country check your iPhone 3G can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Tristan da Cunha

Can the iPhone 3G be used in Tristan da Cunha?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a Tristanian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in Tristan da Cunha?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel adapter for Tristan da Cunha to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included plugs. If your iPhone 3G is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power chargers. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your iPhone 3G at the airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Tristan da Cunha

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 3G, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Tristan da Cunha and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Tristan da Cunha.
  • 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 originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Tristan da Cunha. [6] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the iPhone 3G in Tristan da Cunha?

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Tristanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 3G with a Tristanian power outlet by using a USB 30-pin cable with a Type G power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3G from the Tristanian power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPhone 3G).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power supply, technically known as the Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the three vertical rectangular slots containing shutters in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the 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 Tristanian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up, typically taking around one to four hours to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Tristanian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Tristan da Cunha
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, under C$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, costing under C$15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs under C$20.