Charging the iPhone 3GS when planning a trip to The Bahamas

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Bahamas power outlet using a 30-pin connector with a three pin Type A power adapter and recharging the iPhone 3GS using a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

Bahamas power outlet

When organizing a holiday it is useful to know if you can use any common electronics when you reach your hotel. By not knowing which power socket is used you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you're there which might be incompatible and cause problems with your iPhone 3GS. Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your iPhone 3GS . This page contains a guide demonstrating exactly what you'll need to power your iPhone 3GS when travelling to The Bahamas using the types B or A 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please note Type B power outlets will be used by a majority of Bahamians. If your iPhone 3GS doesn't power up or recharges slowly when visiting The Bahamas from another region 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 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in The Bahamas

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in The Bahamas?

Yes, you can connect the iPhone 3GS to a Bahamas power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in The Bahamas?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPhone 3GS then the best travel charger for The Bahamas to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of power outlets that Bahamians use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of iPhone 3GS is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to The Bahamas we suggest searching for a flexible travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for The Bahamas

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both The Bahamas 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 compact option for travellers originating from America going to The Bahamas using 3 pin type B American 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 the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting The Bahamas. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 3GS in The Bahamas?

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Bahamas power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge your iPhone 3GS with a Bahamas power outlet using a 30-pin connector with a three pin Type A power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 3GS from a Bahamas power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (typically supplied with your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power outlet by two adjacent slots where the plug outlet blades slide into.
  3. Then connect one end of the power cable into the bottom of the 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 Bahamas power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between 60 to 240 minutes to completely recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Bahamas power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Bahamas power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using a 30-pin Apple cable and a 3 pin Type B power adapter to recharge the iPhone 3GS from a Bahamas power outlet.

  1. To charge the iPhone 3GS from a Bahamas power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (usually supplied with your iPhone 3GS).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. This power supply, technically called the Type B power outlet [6], can be recognised by 2 thin slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a semicircle hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the charging cable into the USB power adapter 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. Turn on the Bahamas power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is charging taking around 1-4 hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS with a Bahamas power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - The Bahamas Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS 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, C$15-C$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, costing under C$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, C$25-C$30.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$15.