Charging the iPhone 3G from a power outlet in The British Virgin Islands

Instructions showing you how to power your iPhone 3G with a British Virgin Islands power outlet with a 30-pin connector and a Type A USB adapter and how to power the iPhone 3G using a Type B power adapter.

British Virgin Islands power outlet

Complicated frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPhone 3G . If staying in The British Virgin Islands the following instructions show how to charge the iPhone 3G by using the Type B or A British Virgin Islands 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If your iPhone 3G does not power up or charges slowly when you are visiting The British Virgin Islands from another region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check the iPhone 3G is dual-voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. If you intend on staying at a British Virgin Islands city such as Road Town refer to the British Virgin Islands country entry on wikipedia [1] for more details. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in The British Virgin Islands

Can you use the iPhone 3G in The British Virgin Islands?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a British Virgin Islands power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3G in The British Virgin Islands?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPhone 3G and visiting multiple countries the best travel power adapter for The British Virgin Islands is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of plug sockets in The British Virgin Islands (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your iPhone 3G can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these types of power adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets using just a single power outlet.

If you travel regularly we suggest buying this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for The British Virgin Islands

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting The British Virgin Islands.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting The British Virgin Islands. [8] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 3G in The British Virgin Islands?

Powering the iPhone 3G with a British Virgin Islands power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions showing you how to power your iPhone 3G with a British Virgin Islands power outlet with a 30-pin connector and a Type A USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 3G from a British Virgin Islands power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is typically supplied with the device by Apple).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the British Virgin Islands power outlet. This unearthed plug outlet (called the Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple 30 pin cable into the USB mains adapter 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 British Virgin Islands power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your iPhone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging which takes around 60 to 240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a British Virgin Islands power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 3G with a British Virgin Islands power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Instructions showing you how to recharge your iPhone 3G with a British Virgin Islands power outlet with a 30-pin connector and a Type B USB adapter.

  1. To power the iPhone 3G using a British Virgin Islands power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - the cable is normally already supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the British Virgin Islands power outlet. This wall outlet, sometimes called the Type B power outlet [6], can be identified by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the earthed pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the charging cable into the USB mains adapter 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 British Virgin Islands power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is recharging which should take around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a British Virgin Islands power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - British Virgin Islands country entry on wikipedia
  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, C$25-C$30.
  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 C$10-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, under C$20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.